CHRISTIAN COUNTY FAIR
JULY 9-14, 2013
Schedule of Events
TUESDAY, JULY 9
8am-1pm FFA Show
6pm Little Miss Christian County
7pm Junior Miss and Miss Christian County
WEDNESDAY, JULY 10
8am 4-H Swine Show
10am 4-H Sheep then Goat Shoe
11am Senior Citizens Appreciation Dinner
1:00pm Beef Show and Master Showman Contest
4pm Antique Tractor Exhibit
4pm Blood Drive
7pm Talent Show
THURSDAY, JULY 11
8am Kids Pedal Pull
10am Young America Day
5pm 4-H Auction
FRIDAY, JULY 12
7pm Stock Truck Pull
SATURDAY, JULY 13
9am Western Horse Show
10am Tornado Wrestking Foundation Survivor's Stampede
11am Sand Volleyball Registration
12 noon Illinois State Championship Chilli Cook Off
1pm Sand Volleyball Tourney Starts
6:30pm ITPA Truck and Tractor Pull
SUNDAY, JULY 14
9am All Speed Horse Show
12 noon Garden Tractor Pull
6:30pm Demolition Derby
Fireworks following Demo Derby
2013 Christian County Fair Chilli Cook-Off
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
Young American Day is a Big Hit at Christian County Fair
The Christian County Fair held its Young American Day on Thursday. Christian County Fair Board President Jim Curtin tells Regional Radio News that they had an excellent turnout:
Curtin says after the event was over, they had a lot of parents thank them for putting on the event.
4-H Swine, Sheep, Goat and Beef Shows Held at Christian County Fairgrounds
PICTURE: 4-H Swine Show participants: Mackenzie Harmon, Bekka Fesser, Mathew Hadden, Kara Fesser, Caitlin Hadden, Jarrat Sarvar, Cameron Harmon, Amy Smith, Reed Heberling, Amy Heberling, Abby Smith, Brandon Butcher, Lucy Wubker, Megan Donnan.
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.
For full results, click here
4-H Member Shows Beef, Sheep
4-H Member Alec Myers is having a busy week. The teenager is showing both cattle and sheep at this week's Christian County Fair. Myers says showing two different animals means double the work:
Myers says he's been raising livestock ever since he can remember. The Christian County Fair continues through Sunday at the Fairgrounds in Taylorville.
4-Hers Have Had a Busy Week
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.
4-H and FFA Programs Help Prepare for the Future
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.
Kiddie Tractor Pull Photos
Fair Queen Pageants Results
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.
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Rebecca Livingston to Start Scholarship Fund
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.
Micenheimer: Tougher to put on Fair
It's getting tougher and tougher to put on the Christian County Fair each year. Member of the Christian County Fair Board Curt Micenheimer says it's a challenge:
Micenheimer, who is a past president of the Fair Board, says it would be tough to put on the Fair without support from businesses and community members.
Brandon Butcher: Hog Raising a lot of Work
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.
General Show Results
Front row: Madison Lush, Rebecca Fesser, Paige Tarr, Lauren Bailey, Jericho Witt, Claire Hunt, Kelsey Hunt, Caitlin Lauwerens, Manna Witt, Jordan Lauwerens, Kirra Walter
Second: Conner Grant, Weston Erlenbush, Tommy Tarr, Caleb Grover, Colin Hardin, Hunter Gerlick, Riley Brown, Noah Bailey, Nathan Bailey, David Bruns, Jhett Walker, Abby Winnans, Rozella Colebrook, Megan Donnan, Valery Donnan, Kaliegh Gabriel,
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.
For full results, click here