Problems can't ruin fun at fair

Entertainment: Plenty of events and activities meant record crowds and food sales at the annual county event.

SUMMER In Carroll County

August 14, 2005|By Mary Gail Hare

The fairground lights went out briefly one night during the Carroll County 4-H FFA Fair. The air-conditioning failed occasionally in a few buildings at the Ag Center in Westminster. And the last evening of the weeklong fair tested the resolve of anyone searching for a parking space - even the overflow lots were full.

"But, hey, it's the fair and everybody loves it," said Denise Ziegler, fair spokeswoman.

The 108th annual county fair drew record crowds, posted record food sales and raised more money than ever, organizers said.

Carroll's fair, one of the few free such events in the state, drew an estimated 80,000 visitors - 12,000 on the last night, Aug. 5, when a monster truck rally debuted in the show arena and 300 animals went on the auction block.

A country concert starring Andy Griggs sold about 2,500 tickets and opened the fair July 29. The crooner's audience paled in comparison with that of the smashing vehicles in the horse ring or the bleating and braying menagerie at the livestock auction.

As usual, the cake auction proved the top fundraiser with the sale of 221 cakes for nearly $64,000. Proceeds benefit 4-H projects throughout the year and help keep the fair free. At the livestock auction, nearly 300 animals were sold and nearly $250,000 exchanged hands, including $700 for a 1-gallon, old-fashioned glass jug of milk from what the judges rated the supreme cow, owned by Davis Schwartzbeck of Union Bridge.

"Most of that livestock auction money goes right back to the kids who raised the animals," Ziegler said. "Many buyers donated animals back so that they could be auctioned again."

Any proceeds from the livestock sale go to several scholarship funds and the pen project, an effort to purchase more holding pens for next year.

A few additions to the traditional fair menu helped boost food sales, which Ziegler said "broke all records."

"Soft ice cream and blooming onions were firsts this year and a huge hit," she said. "We had many people come for breakfast and stay for dinner."

Fair champions

General Grand champion hobby exhibit: Amanda Bair Grand champion leadership, citizenship, & learn & earn exhibit: Esther Schott Grand champion health, safety & marksmanship/shooting sports exhibit: Esther Schott Grand champion electric, small engines & computer exhibit: Shelby Beatty Grand champion self-determined, adventures in science, veterinary science, small pet, livestock exhibit: Abigail Hester

Service Learning Grand champion service learning project exhibit: Lineboro 4-H Club Home Environment Grand champion home environment exhibit: Samantha Barnold

Family Life Grand champion family life exhibit: Alexis Becker

Art Champion: Mary Brunst

Photography Grand champion photography exhibit: Broc Bowers

Writing Grand champion writing exhibit: Jessica Nave

Crafts Grand champion craft exhibit: Alexandria Castro

Shoe Box Floats: Champion club entry: Rolling Clovers 4-H Champion individual entry: Ethan Eddy

Clothing Grand champion clothing article: Breanne Lippy

Automotive Contest Champion motorist: Ashley Martin

Handyman Skills Grand champion woodworking article: Jason Wantz Grand champion restored, repaired or refinished item: Hannah Wolf Grand champion metal working article: Russell Wantz

Arc Welding Contest Top intermediate: Brandon Kahler Top senior: Kyle Barber

Bicycle Champion cyclist (Jr.): Hannah Wolf Champion cyclist (Int.): Olivia Wolf Champion cyclist (Sr.): Kevin Ridinger

Rocketry Grand champion rocket exhibit: Kristopher Buckler

Agriculture Commodities Champion: Collins Lethbridge

Other Judging Contests Consumer education judging Top individual (junior): Darren Gable Top individual (intermediate): Kelly Gross Top individual (senior): Jennifer Hill

Horticulture judging Junior, 1st: Megan Linfield Intermediate, 1st: Amanda Rasch Senior, 1st: Emily Beall (FAA) Team, 1st: Liberty High School (FAA)

Parade Champion, class 1, marching unit: Deep Run 4-H Champion, class 2, float: FSK FFA, Fine Feathered Friends 4-H Champion, class 3, people dress up: South Carroll Tree of Life 4-H Champion, class 4, entries with animals: Horse Force 4-H

Club Books Champion Program Planning Book: Deep Run 4-H Champion Secretary's Book: Deep Run 4-H Champion Treasurer's Book: Carrollton 4-H Champion Club Scrapbook: Carrollton 4-H Executive Awards: Carrollton 4-H, Deep Run 4-H, Manchester Maniacs 4-H, Lineboro 4-H

Activity Book, Cover and Fair Theme Poster Contest Premium Cover Designer Champion: Kelly Notle Activity Book Champion, Hand-Drawn entry: Amy Ridinger Activity Book Champion, Computer-Generated Entry: Darren Gable Themed Art Champion Entry: Amy Ridinger

Booths and Banners: Champion booths: Deep Run 4-H, FSK FFA Champion banners: Fine Feathered Friends 4-H, Deep Run 4-H, Cheetah's 4-H

Fair Beautification Contest: Champion: Horse Force 4-H Best use of plants: Rolling Clovers 4-H Judge's choice award: Black Rock 4-H

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