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Youngsters brave weather to make county fair a success

Thursday, July 3, 2008

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Little princess reigns over fair Megan Thomas, daughter of Jerry and Ronda Thomas, of Purdy, distributed trophies and ribbons to horse show winners during the Barry County Fair, which was held south of Purdy on June 27 and 28. In addition to a horse show, the fair featured livestock exhibits, a premium dinner and auction, a variety of booths sponsored by area businesses and organizations and an emergency preparedness village with amateur radio demonstrations. Democrat Photo
Despite heavy rain, the Barry County Fair was a success for young agriculturalists who participated in the event. Fair board members estimate that over 150 youngsters took part in contest events on Friday and Saturday.

"Because of the rain, we were unable to get a good count of the number of people at the fair and only a handful of the booths could be set up, but on Saturday evening, I counted more than 200 people being served a free dinner of brisket cooked by Jim Fohn," said Peggy Painter, Barry County Fair board member.

"Monsoon-like conditions didn't stop any of the livestock shows on Saturday," said Painter. "Tents donated by Weiser Tents, the McKee family, Jim Fohn and Skip White were greatly appreciated."

Fair board members developed emergency plans in the event that weather grew more severe, but the plans were not needed, said Painter.

"We stuck it out without any major damage or injuries," said Painter. "Thank goodness there wasn't more lightning. We kept the judges under the tents while kids slogged through knee-deep mud to exhibit their cattle in the rain."

Fancy chickens, which were show at 9 a.m. on Saturday afternoon, were towel-dried and cuddled until judging, said Painter.

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Captain Buck makes a big impression on fair goers Individuals who attended the Barry County Fair horse show, which was held south of Purdy on June 27, had the opportunity to see Captain Buck, a clydesdale owned by Dana Kammerlohr, of Cassville. Kammerlohr's six-year-old great-nephew, Grady Stephenson, of Cassville, and Captain Buck won first place in the leadline and boys' leadline costume classes. Democrat Photo
"The kids were great sports about it all, and they showed their determination and dedication to exhibit their animals in the worst possible conditions," said Painter.

Musicians braved the weather to perform under a large tent at the fair grounds on Saturday afternoon. The Jamseekers, of Miller, performed country western music, Wilderness Road, of Cassville, played bluegrass music, and Sugar Creek, which featured 17-year-old Cory Cope, of Crane, performed an original mix of country, bluegrass and gospel music.

The premium auction, which featured steers, chickens, hogs, goats and market lambs, raised over $1,550. A photo of the top steer brought $1,450.

Amateur radio operators from across the county also participated in the event. On Friday evening, severe winds knocked down the amateur radio group's antenna tower, but group members were able to repair the damage and received 800 extra Field Day points for broadcasting from the fair during the inclement weather, said Painter.

Barry County Fair horse show winners are listed below by class. Senior classes were for youngsters between the ages of 14 and 18, and junior classes were for participants under the age of 13. Additional fair results will appear in future editions of the Cassville Democrat.

Senior showmanship: Katie Upchurch, first place; Ashley Painter, second place; Valery Lassiter, third place; Dayna Swanson, fourth place; and Levi Walker, fifth place.

Junior showmanship: Alicia George, first place; Bonnie Upchurch, second place; Marshal McGuire, third place; Chelsey McGuire, fourth place; and Hayle Wedel, fifth place.

Pony showmanship: Chelsey McGuire, first place; Mason Glassco, second place; Misty Burton, third place; and Ashley Painter, fourth place.

Walk/trot: George, first place; Danielle Basye, second place; Andrea Humphrey, third place; Katie Upchurch, fourth place; and Dylan Cope, fifth place.

Senior gaited horses: Lassiter, first place; and Walker, second place.

Junior gaited horses: Chelsey McGuire, first place; Marshal McGuire, second place; Cope, third place; and Lukas Jirik, fourth place.

Senior western horsemanship: Nocona Clark, first place; Lassiter, second place; Walker, third place; Ashley Painter, fourth place; and Katie Upchurch, fifth place.

Junior western horsemanship, class A: Wedel, first place; Cope, second place; Chelsey McGuire, third place; and Marshal McGuire, fourth place.

Junior western horsemanship, class B: Zachary Pippin, first place; George, second place; Humphrey, third place; and Bonnie Upchurch, fourth place.

Pony western horsemanship: Ashley Painter, first place; Chelsey McGuire, second place; and Glassco, third place.

Senior western pleasure: Clark, first place; Lassiter, second place; Walker, third place; and Ashley Painter, fourth place.

Junior western pleasure: Cope, first place; Wedel, second place; Chelsey McGuire, third place; and Marshal McGuire, fourth place.

Pony western pleasure: Glassco, first place; Ashley Painter, second place; and Chelsey McGuire, third place.

Senior English equitation: Swanson, first place; Katie Upchurch, second place; and Lassiter, third place.

Junior English equitation: George, first place; Humphrey, second place; Cope, third place; and Bonnie Upchurch, fourth place.

Pony English equitation: Ashley Painter, first place.

Leadline: Grady Stephenson, first place; Kelsi Geyer, second place; Zachary Pippin, third place; and Jacob Pippin, fourth place.

Senior trail: Swanson, first place; Clark, second place; Basye, third place; Katie Upchurch, fourth place; and Lassiter, fifth place.

Junior trail: Bonnie Upchurch, first place; Wedel, second place; Marshal McGuire, third place; Jirik, fourth place; and Chelsey McGuire, fifth place.

Pony trail: Glassco, first place; and Chelsey McGuire, second place.

Costume boys' leadline: Stephenson, first place.

Costume girls' leadline: Geyer, first place.



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