Special Events & Festivals

Prepping for the show


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Kaytlyn Kreider washes her horse on Saturday, July 18, during preparation for the Huntington County 4-H Horse & Pony Show.

Western showmanship champions


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Western showmanship champions on Saturday, July 18, named during the Huntington County 4-H Horse and Pony Show at the Chief LaFontaine Saddle Club are (from left) Brianna Mason, Skylar Houser, Samantha Drayer, Tory Couch, Kaityn Drayer, Jordan Parrot, Rachel Platt, Josanna Stern, Nicole Eckert and Zachary Shearer.

Alli Harris named 2009 4-H Fair royalty champion

Mindi Hoffman (right), first runner-up in the Huntington County 4-H Fair royalty contest held Friday, July 17, at Huntington North High School, helps royalty champion Alli Harris (center) fix her crown as second runner-up Kiela Clore (left) looks on.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Alli Harris, a 10-year member of the 4-H program, was named 2009 Huntington County 4-H Fair royalty champion on Friday, July 17, during a contest held at Huntington North High School.

Harris, 18, is the daughter of Ken and Bev Harris, of Rock Creek Township. She is a member of the Helping Hands, Junior Leaders and Huntington Hummers 4-H clubs.

Mindi Hoffman, of rural Columbia City, was first runner-up. Her parents are Kirk and Judy Hoffman, and she is a nine-year member of the Hoosier Boosters 4-H Club.

4-H Tractor Operators Contest announces results

The Huntington County 4-H Tractor Operators contest was held on Sunday, July 12, at Hier's Park.

Following is a list of results:

Junior Farm
Champion - Michael Winters.
Reserve champion - Julie Winters.

Blue ribbons - Austin Eltzroth, Cailey Baker, Lucas Reust and Lane Whitted.

Red ribbon - Jonathan Richardson.

Senior Farm
Champion - Matt Bulmer.
Reserve champion - Nathan Richardson.

Blue ribbon - Kyle Lahr.

Red ribbons - Casey Baker, Lance Kreider and Charles Raber.

White ribbon - Jesse Hinman.

4-H dog show announces results

The Huntington County 4-H Fair Dog Show crowned its agility champions after competition at Hier’s Park on Sunday, July 13.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The 4-H Dog Show was held Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12, at Hier’s Park.
Show results are:

Obedience
Class 1A — Isaiah Conley, first; Hannah Nelson, second; Alysa Donaldson, third; Anniah Marshall, fourth; Josilyn Platt, fifth; Lillie Burd, Kiara Dominguez, Megan Gilpin and Emma Bushroe, all A’s; Anya Boice, participation.

Rally champions


Photo by Andre B. Laird.

The Huntington County 4-H Fair Dog Show rally champions were announced after competition on Sunday, July 12. Winners are (from left) Taylor Harper , Novice B, with “Lucy” and LaRanda Pasko, Novice A, with “Arianna.”

4-H dog agility


Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Rebekah Hoskins instructs her dog through the obstacle course, on Sunday, July 12, during the Huntington County 4-H Fair Dog Show obedience competition. The dog show was held at Hier’s Park.

Tight turns


Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Nathan Richardson, senior farm tractor class, carefully maneuvers his John Deere tractor and attached trailer through the obstacle course, on Sunday, July 12, at Hier’s Park during the Huntington County 4-H Fair Tractor Operators’ Contest.

4-H dog show showmanship winners


Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Showmanship champions were crowned on Saturday, July 11, during the Huntington County 4-H Fair Dog Show. Winners are (from left) Taylor Harper, senior class, with “Lucy”; Rachelle Mann, intermediate; Elizabeth Michell, junior, with “Rascal”; and Abbi Crago.

4-H dog obedience winners


Photo by Andre B. Laird.

After tough competition on Saturday, July 11, the Huntington County 4-H Fair Dog Show obedience  winners were (front row, from left) Ashley Crago, Class 4A; Isaiah Conley, 1A; Rebekah Hoskins, 3B; Reedy Neary, 2A; and (back row, from left) Caleb Smart, 3A; Krista Johnson, 1B; LaRanda Pasko, 2B; and Leigh Ann Reed, veterans.

Dog showmanship


Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Emma Bushroe takes her Husky mix around the ring during the Huntington County 4-H Fair Dog Show showmanship competition on Saturday, July 11, at Hier’s Park.

4-H fair schedule of events


Emblem provided.

Locations of Huntington County 4-H Fair Events:
Huntington North High School -- 450 MacGahan St., Huntington
Lincoln Elementary School -- 2037 Taylor St., Huntington
Chief LaFontaine Saddle Club Grounds -- 1/2 mile north of Division Road on 200W.
1 mile west of St. Rd. 5
Hier's Park  -- Family Living Building, Heritage Hall, Show Arena, Livestock Barns, Poultry Pavilion, 4-H Community Building, United REMC Outdoor Stage --
547 S. Briant St., Huntington

Demo derby action


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Action from the Salamonie Summer Festival Demoliton Derby on Saturday, July 5, included a business class, where cars sponsored by Warren businesses and organizations and driven by business owners and employees entered the ring and "bashed" each other.

For Holmes, community involvement is a family heritage

Mary Emma Holmes (right), the 2009 Samuel L. Jones Pioneer Award winner, wipes away a tear as 2008 winner Joyce Sorg (left) reads a tribute to Holmes during the award breakfast Thursday, July 2, at the Knight Bergman Center in Warren.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Mary Emma Holmes, the newest Samuel L. Jones Pioneer Award winner, says she got it from her mother.

"She was very civic-minded," Holmes said as she accepted her award during a breakfast Thursday, July 2, at the Knight Bergman Center in Warren. "Mother's ability to be civic-minded has worn off on her family."

The family included a brother, who was selected for a similar honor in his adopted home-town of Plainfield, IL, she says, but died before it could be presented - prompting Holmes to joke that she was glad she was still alive to receive hers.

Mason is Flint Springs Tribe's newest chief

Steve Mason (left) the 2009 Chief of the Flint Springs Tribe, accepts his plaque from last year's Chief, Ryan Warner, on Thursday, June 25, at the LaFontaine Golf Club.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Four years ago, the impact of one man's decision ripped a hole through the carefully woven fabric of Steve Mason's life.

A hole that can never be repaired.

Mason made no attempt to repair it; instead, he set out to do what he could to keep other families safely wrapped in their cocoons.

To keep them from receiving the heart-stopping call: "There's been an accident. Your son is not expected to live."

Since then, Mason has reached more than 20,000 young people, showing them how many lives are affected by a decision to drink and drive.

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