During our coverage of the Chilli Cook-Off at the Christian County Fair, we were told by Master Chilli Cook Lee Eastep that there is "The Chilli Prayer". Here is the prayer:
"Lord, God, You know us old cowhands is forgetful. Sometimes, I can't even recollect what happened yestiddy. We is forgetful. we just know daylight and dark, summer, fall, winter, and spring. But I sure hope we don’t forget to thank You before we is about to eat a mess of good chili.
"We don’t know why, in Your wisdom, You been so doggone good to us. The heathen Chinee don’t have no chili, ever. The Frenchmens is left out. The Rooshians don’t know no more about chili than a hog knows about a side saddle. Even the Meskins don’t get a good whiff of it unless they stay around here.
"Chili eaters is some of Your chosen people. We don’t know why You been so doggone good to us. But Lord, God, don’t ever think that we ain’t grateful for this chili we about to eat. Amen."
Eastep explains the origin of the prayer by Matthew "Bones" Hooks:
The book Eastep got the prayer from is A Bowl of Red by Frank X. Tolbert
Over twenty youth exhibited around eighty live animals during the Christian County 4-H Swine, Sheep, Goat and Beef shows on Wednesday morning, July 11th. Animals were exhibited for breeding and marketability traits by the judges. Congratulations to all participants for doing such a great job this year.
Local 4-Hers have had a busy week so far. 4-H Youth Development Educator Peggy Hampton tells Regional Radio News that in addition to the Christian County Fair, they have had another Fair this week as well:
The 4-H has a busy night ahead of them with their auction at 5:00pm in the Grandstand.
During our coverage of the 2013 Christian County Fair, we have talked to many members of 4-H and FFA. Both groups have said that the programs are great ways to open up opportunities and prepare for the future. Brad Arndt from the First National Bank of Taylorville tells Regional Radio News that this factor is evident in his son’s life.
Arndt says he loves all the things these programs have meant to him and what they continue to do for the youth.
The 2013 Christian County Fair kicked off Tuesday night with the 72nd Annual Miss Christian County Fair Queen Pageants.
A humid evening did not stop the crowd from filling the grandstands and enjoying the three Fair Queen Pageants.
The evening began with the 2013 Little Miss Christian County Fair Queen Pageant. Receiving second place was Emylie Hall, daughter of Justin and Danielle Hall of Taylorville. First place winner was Lydia Repscher, daughter of Matt and Melissa Repscher of Taylorville. The 2013 Little Miss Christian County went to Kelsie Hunt. Kelsie is the daughter of Tony and Christy Hunt of Taylorville.
Following the Little Miss pageant, was the 2013 Jr. Miss Christian County Pageant. Miss Congeniality was awarded to Hallie Schneider. Hallie is the daughter of Jim and Connie Schneider of Morrisonville. Second runner-up was Faith Lindsey, daughter of Kylie Barlow and Jim Lindsey of Taylorville. First runner-up went to Faith Maxwell, daughter of Robin Maxwell of Taylorville. Kennedy Mann was crowned 2013 Jr. Miss Christian County. Kennedy is the daughter of Adrienne Mann of Taylorville.
Concluding the evenings pageants, was the Miss Christian County Pageant. The People’s Choice Award went to Olivia Curtin. Olivia is the daughter of Jim and Shelly Curtin of Taylorville. Receiving second runner-up was Kimberly King, daughter of Laura and David King of Kincaid. Frist runner-up went to Erynn Hendricks. Erynn is the daughter of David and Sandy Hendricks of Taylorville. Catlin Walter was crowned 2013 Miss Christian County. Catlin also received the Miss Congeniality Award. She is the daughter of Mike and Lori Walter of Owaneco.
One of the best qualities of 4H and FFA members is their willingness to give back to the community. 4H member Rebecca Livingston is using her project this year to kick start a scholarship fund in memory of a recently lost loved one:
The 4H Auction takes place Thursday evening at 5:00 in the Grandstand.
The Christian County Fair began its 6 day run Tuesday. The Fair features fun, food, rides and entertainment every day through Sunday. FFA Section 16 Vice President Brandon Butcher is showing hogs at this year's Fair. He tells Regional Radio News it takes a lot of work:
Brandon says raising hogs is an all-day every day job:
Brandon says the walking and feeding is repeated in the evenings.
LastL: Caleb McNeil, Catherine Brookens, Daniel Cornell, Sidney Wagner, Drew Brookens, Maria Brockamp, Mackenzie Harmon, Cameron Harmon, Brooke Bates, Kara Brockamp, Kourtney Watts, Bryanna Fesser, Amy Heberling, Caleb Roethemeyer, Catlin Water, Austin Perry, Jenny Green, Morgan Gabriel, Sarah Long, Lucy Wubker, Karlee Kuntzman,
On Monday, July 8th,4-H members from across Christian County exhibited projects and displays at the 4-H General Show. Many of the exhibits are on display in the Christian County Fair Exposition Building until the afternoon of Thursday, July 11th.
Each exhibitor received individualized conference judging of their projects, allowing for a great learning experience. This show was a success due to the generosity of the volunteers who judged. Thank you to all of the volunteers that help throughout the 4H year.