Awards ceremony wraps up 2011 Saline County Fair
A long-time volunteer for the Saline County Fair, as well as many of the 2011 4-H and FFA award winners were the focus of the annual Awards Ceremony held Sunday, July 17 at the fairground.
Saline County 4-H specialist Amanda Structemeyer announced long-time Saline County Fair Association treasurer Kaye Wright will be inducted into the Missouri 4-H Hall of Fame on August 14 at the Missouri State Fair.
"If you get a chance tell Kaye how much we appreciate what she does," said Sam Igo. "We couldn't do it without her."
Wright was rewarded with a standing ovation from the large crowd of 4-H and FFA members, along with their parents.
Wright kicked off the ceremony, as she has for many years, by giving the results from the annual Junior Livestock Sale held on Friday, July 15.
"I think all in all, things sold very well," Wright said after announcing the sale brought in $62,500, which is $290 more than the 2010 sale.
The items sold were: two pens of rabbits, averaging $525; four pens of chickens, averaging $262; seven goats, averaging $440.83; 15 calves, averaging $969.66; 30 hams, averaging $306.65; six sheep, averaging $2,370; 37 hogs, averaging $161.40 and 16 red ribbon hams, sold by silent auction, averaging $62.19.
Wright, who has been battling illness recently, also took time to thank those who helped her.
"I had wonderful help on that and I wanted to thank everyone especially my grandson, Jason Price who helped me emmensely. I wouldn't have made it without him or everybody else here also," she said. "I've enjoyed every bit of this I've done and I hope to be able to do it a while longer. Thank you."
Wright also helped announce and hand out several other awards:
The Matt Bailey Horsemanship Award was presented to Kaylee Holt.
The Johnny Page Award was presented to Evan Summers.
For the first time ever, the Livestock Traveling Trophy was awarded to a female, Jade Jenkins.
"I wanted to give her that, because she is one of the kids out there that calls me Grandma too," said Wright, when presenting the traveling trophy.
The Nick Iman Award was presented to Blayne Vogel.
Igo also presented several of the awards.
A new award was presented this year to the high point Individual in poultry. The winner of the trophy was Jared Coyer.
The high point individual award in Agriculture Mechanics was presented to Lucas Hinnah.
The overall high point individual awards were presented to Vivian Buie, with 362 points and for the boys, Shane Bishop with 292 points.
Sturhahn Jewelers every year donates four watches, which are presented to the high point boy and high point girl in the the multi-purpose building and the high point boy and girl in the livestock exhibits. Each individual can only win the award one time.
This year's winners in the multi-purpose building were Emily Rogers and Brenden Medcalf. In Livestock, the winners were Julissa Monnig and Simeon Buie.
Other awards announced during the ceremony included the cash prizes for the Junior Judging event held on Friday, July 15. The winners, in order of placing were: Boys, ages 9-14: Cole Murphy, Lawton Johnson, Austin Boland, Tyler Jenkins and Drew Mizer. Girls, ages 9-14: Hannah Viets, Hannah Pomerenke, Abby Gass, Elizabeth Pomerenke, Hannah Marshall. Boys, ages 15-21: Evan Summers; Girls, ages 15-21: Olivia Loges, Elizabeth Owens, Kati Viets.
Shooting Sports awards were also presented by one of the many volunteers, Delmer Croka.
Those winners in order of placing were: Archery, fingers: Junior, Tyler Driskell; Intermediate, Justin Borges;
Archery: Junior: Braiden McEachern, Taylor Winfrey and Evan Baker; Intermediate: Bailey Coyer, Allison Frain; Senior: Dawn Gorrell, Brandon Vogel and Sylvia Knox.
BB: Junior, Evan Weaver, Braiden McEachern, Nicholas Oztzain; Intermediate: Kyleigh Yeager, Amanda Glenski.
Pellet, target: Intermediate: Austin Boland, Blake Summers.
.22 rifle: Junior: Colten Green, James Wansing, Kyle Gann; Intermediate: Kayla Kiehl, Miles Paulus, Ross Thompson; Senior: Phillip Wattenbarger, Jessie Gorrell, Sylvia Knox.
Air Pistol: Junior: Haley Baker, Jaden Riley; Intermediate: Abby Gass, Sarah Bentley; Senior: Olivia Knox, Nicole Gann, Morgan Schell.
.22 pistol: Senior: Olivia Knox, Nicole Gann.
Shotgun: Intermediate: Abby Gass, Blake Summers, Tyler Jenkins; Senior: Danny Kiehl, Phillip Wattenbarger, Brandon Vogel.
Muzzleloading: Aaron Wright, Danny Kiehl.
Western Heritage: Danny Kiehl, Phillip Wattenbarger, Nicole Gann.
Another volunteer, Gerry Snapp, announced that Saline County will be hosting the Missouri State Western Heritage and Cowboy Shooting event in September.
Brent Gorrell announced the Most Improved Shooter Award went to Tate Malter, who shot BB gun this year.
Western Heritage state contest on Sept. 11. It will feature contestants from the six counties who are involved in the pilot program. More on the shooting sports awards and Western Heritage shooting can be found at: http://www.marshallnews.com/story/1743189.html
It was also announced after the ceremony that the high point individuals during the annual Saline County Fair Horse Show held on Saturday, July 16 were: Bailey Boland, beginner; Olivia Knox, intermediate and Julissa Monnig, senior.