Best efforts were rewarded with ribbons at county fair last week

NEIGHBORS

August 25, 1994|By SALLY BUCKLER

Congratulations to the industrious and creative people who entered competitions at the Howard County Fair last week. When the fair ended Saturday, many entrants took home ribbons, awards and premium checks. Everyone who mustered the courage to enter their work in the fair gained satisfaction.

Among the displays that impressed me were the flowers for 4-H and open class. Designers exhibited arrangements and

collections in many sizes, shapes, colors and ideas.

Children and adults, men and women, entered baked goods that ran the gamut from white bread to raspberry pies. It all looked sinfully delicious, and friends who purchased baked goods at the post judging sale confirmed what my taste buds suspected.

In the 4-H building, you could see hundreds of entries created by students who baked, canned fruits or vegetables, stitched, gardened, worked wood, collected bugs and minerals and made wonderful crafts. Young and old exhibited garden produce, original works of art and photographs for judging.

The livestock shows were superb, with 4-H'ers proudly showing animals they have worked with all year. These same youngsters are already working and planning for next year's shows.

Linda Clevenger, who lives on the farm that you can see from the playing fields at Glenwood and Bushy Park schools, exhibited an original painting of her spread, entitled "Our Farm."

Her notable second-place entry was in a primitive or folk art style, with prominent colors and shapes all outlined in black. Mrs. Clevenger has had no lessons since her high school art classes, yet she paints for the love of painting, and her designs are stunning.

"Our Farm" shows many personal aspects of the Clevengers' family life on the farm, from the pheasants that were there in 1979 when they bought the farm to the buck her husband Cliff almost bagged last Thanksgiving. Her children are all there: Lance is fishing on the pond, Crystal holds the reins of a horse, Brent is playing football by the pool and Todd is riding a bike in the painting.

The Seibert family of Glenwood continued their record streak of fair entries.

Elmira Seibert entered seven items and received six ribbons, including champion ribbons for her black raspberry jelly, cracked wheat bread made in a bread machine and a decorative door stop. She has entered all 49 Howard County Fairs.

Her husband Murat won blue ribbons for his potatoes and his lima beans. Daughter Betsy Ford won ribbons for her baking in her 35th year of entries. Son Willis Seibert won a ribbon for his sweet corn, and his children, Casey, Margo and Alyssa, also won ribbons.

Betsy's husband, Roy, won a second place for a carved loon, and her daughter, Kara, won ribbons for her rabbits, sheep and baking.

The Seiberts' daughter from West Virginia, Kathleen Barlow, and her son, Travis, also participated in the fair. It's a Seibert family tradition to work at the fair, and all did their part.

Now Mrs. Seibert is collecting memorabilia and her thoughts for the 50th annual Howard County Fair Commemorative booklet. Mrs. Seibert said the whole extended family enjoyed the fun and fellowship they received from competing in the fair.

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Mark your calendar for Sept. 10 and plan to attend the Ninth Annual Shepherd of the Glen Lutheran Church Fair. This event is a thoughtfully planned community celebration.

You'll see folks you haven't seen all summer on the church grounds on Burnt Woods Road in Glenwood, and you'll have a chance to enjoy a relaxed, old-fashioned church fair. There will be carnival type games for the kids, a magic show, lots of music, cake walks, an auction, crafts and plants to buy, a flea market, and more.

Stop there for lunch before or after the kids' soccer games. Homemade food, including cole slaw, baked beans, barbecue sandwiches, grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, and drinks will be available. New this year is a raffle, in which you can win a new chain saw or an antique quilt. Tickets for the raffle are only a dollar.

A few tables are still available for the flea market and craft show for a small fee. Call Carole Kramer at 442-2475 or the church office at 442-1204 for information about table space or raffle tickets.

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End your summer with an evening of fun and fellowship at the St. Louis Catholic Youth Ministry's annual end-of-the-summer dance Saturday. It begins at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Louis School auditorium in Clarksville.

For a $5 admission fee, you'll enjoy a limbo contest, a best beach bum contest, a lip-synch contest, and more.

Call Maureen Hines at 531-6668 for more information.

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Independence. We declare it, demand it and cherish it. We take our personal independence for granted every time we hop in our cars for a quick trip to the store or the kids' school or to visit a friend. The days our cars are in the shop and we taste a small loss of freedom, we are reminded how precious individual

independence is.

About a year ago, Cheryl Primrose lost her independence. She is a quadriplegic who is going through some tough, slow rehabilitation. She has a phone she can use without help, but most of what she does each day requires the assistance of someone else.

People have helped, groups and individuals have contributed time and money. Mrs. Primrose has some visitors; and she has some help with house care, her two small children, and cooking.

But what Mrs. Primrose really needs is a van that can be outfitted with a wheelchair lift, that could provide transportation to her rehabilitation sessions and her doctors. The family could go on outings together and Mrs. Primrose could regain some of her lost independence.

The Primrose family can't afford a van, but if you know of someone with a used van who would like to donate it to St. Andrew's Church at Union Chapel, the church could arrange for Cheryl's use of the van.

If you or someone you know can help, please call the Rev. Harry Brunett at 489-4035.

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