Fair begins today (Thursday)
The 2018 Jewell County Fair starts today (Thursday). Open class quilts judging check in is at 8:30 a.m., with judging starting at 9 a.m. at the Mankato Community Center. The public is invited to come and watch. The dog and pet show will be held at the same time at the Mankato City Building. To finish up the day, the 4-H Fiber Arts, Clothing and Fashion Revue judging will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the Mankato Community Center.
Sunday at 9 a.m. there will be cowboy church in the covered arena at the Jewell County Fairgrounds. At 11 a.m. in the horse arena the horse show will be held. Check in for Open Class exhibits will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Quonset. Check in for animals will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the sale barn.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the fair will be in full swing. Monday, superintendents are to report and check in their own entries at 7 a.m. at the fairgrounds. Exhibits check in at the Quonset will be from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. The 4-H exhibit judging will begin at 8 a.m. Open class and scout exhibit judging will be at 9 a.m. The bake sale and 4-H open food class will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. The poultry and rabbit show will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the poultry barn. The beef show will be held in the covered arena at 5 p.m., be sure to get there early and find a seat. The barbecue beef meal will be served at the food stand at 6 p.m. To end Monday's events, the horse show speed events will take place at 7 p.m. in the horse arena.
Tuesday will be a long day for everyone. Starting at 8 a.m. with the swine show in the covered arena. The sheep and goat show will follow 30 minutes after the swine show. The smoked pork loin supper will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., tickets are located at all sponsoring area banks and may be purchased at the fair office.
The fun to watch catch-an-animal contest will take place Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the covered arena. There will be a bouncy house and water slides sponsored by Prarie Land Electric for the youths from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sanctioned pedal tractor pull will be at 6 p.m., with registration starting at 5:15 p.m. The Prarie Duster Equestrian Drill Team, sponsored by NexTech will take place in the horse arena at 7 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. the jackpot barrel race, sponsored by the Jewell County Saddle Club, will take place in the horse arena.
Wednesday, the last day of the fair, will start at 9 a.m. with the round robin showmanship contest held in the covered arena. The livestock judging contest will also be held in the covered arena at 12:30 p.m. You won't see very many 4-H members from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., as a 4-H fun swim is being held at the Mankato City Pool.
After a more relaxing day, back at the fairgrounds its time to prepare for finishing touches to bring this year's fair to an end. The 4-H fashion revue will take place at 6 p.m. in the covered arena, followed by the awards program. At 7:30 p.m. the livestock premium sale will begin with the sale order being rabbits, sheep, swine, beef, goats, and poultry. To end the night, the Quonset exhibits will be released with all animals being released following the sale.
Underwood, Reinert named 4-H king and queen
This year, for the first time in a long time, there will be
a 4-H king. Sam Underwood, a junior this fall at Rock Hills High
School, will reign at this year's fair. Some of the duties of
being crowned 4-H king are to help hand out awards, such as plaques
Sam is a member of the Mankato Eager Beavers 4-H club, having been involved in 4-H since kindergarten. In the 10 years Sam has been involved in 4-H, he said that winning 4-H king is one of the highest awards he has received. Another big award that Sam can remember is three years ago, he won a belt buckle for the best built steer.
This year, Sam will be entering seven different classes at the fair. Some of his exhibits include swine, photography, leadership, metal working, foods, reading and buymanship. Sam also has to do the reporter's book for the second year, the reporter book is full of notes from all the 4-H meetings and they get put down in a record book, similar to what a secretary does.
Sam said he had been in foods and photography from the beginning. One of his favorite projects is cooking, which he has been doing for about 10 years, if you count open class.
Some of Sam's favorite recipes that he has made for the fair are his great-great-grandmother's oatmeal craisin cookies and one year he made a rye bread that had the light and dark bread weaved together.
When Sam was asked what he thought the hardest class was, his reply was cattle. He said cattle are temperamental, stubborn and it takes a lot of time to break them.
Sam's favorite thing about 4-H is being able to learn all the useful skills that you would not learn in any other organization. He said while in 4-H he has learned wood working, electricity and welding from his dad, for some fair projects, and that he has learned general work skills from being in 4-H. Sam has also learned all about swine, cattle, and goats through the fairs. Some other things he said he had learned from being in 4-H was photography and cooking. Sam said these are skills you can use throughout your whole life that he would not have learned in any other organizations.
Family members of the 2018 4-H King are parents, Ervin and Kristen Underwood, and siblings, Aaron, Jacob and Allsion.
This summer Sam has been busy as a 4-H camp counselor. He also went on a two week trip to New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and some other south west states. Sam just returned from Baltimore, where he attended FBLA nationals. Other things Sam is doing this summer are working in the greenhouse and the garden, helping his dad harvest and working at the Buffalo Roam.
Katie Reinert, a junior this fall at Rock Hills High School, is the 4-H queen that will reign at this year's fair. The duties of the 4-H queen are similar to the duties of king, together the king and queen will hand out awards and ribbons at the Jewell County Fair. "The king and queen are the face of the 4-H fair, they have to be there as much as they can to help with events and shows, and to make everything run as smoothly as possible," said Katie.
Katie is a member of the Mankato Eager Beavers 4-H club. She has been involved in 4-H for nine years now. Katie is currently secretary, they have not had this year's elections yet. Throughout her nine years in 4-H, Katie has continued to do photography, foods and market steer. Katie said that beef market steer was her first project and she just stuck with it.
This year Katie will be entering six different classes at the fair. Her exhibits will include market steer, horses, goat, swine, photography and foods. This will be Katie's first year having goats, she said it was a learning process, because you have to learn everything that having goats involves and you have to learn to train the goats.
Katie's favorite class is beef, she thinks they are really interesting animals. She has also lived on a cow farm her whole life and always had cattle around. She has also had bucket calves since early on. "I just enjoy working with them," said Katie.
When Katie was asked what she thought the hardest class was she said cattle, and doing goats for the first time. She said cattle are difficult because steers are pretty big so sometimes they can drag you around. They are just temperamental. Katie said the goats were hard for her because she has never dealt with them before this year, she had to learn a lot about them.
Katie's favorite projects were of her photography. She said she had a couple photos from trips she had taken. One of them was from Colorado Springs, and it was a picture of a squirrel on a log. She said she got excited about some of the pictures she had taken because they were good action shots.
Some of the bigger awards Katie remembers receiving were reserve champion for beef last year and quite a few years of getting grand champion or reserve for some of her photos and some of the food she entered into the fair.
Katie's favorite thing about 4-H is seeing younger members get excited about the fair and being able to teach the younger ones who are involved. She likes that you can start 4-H at such an early age. Katie said some of the things she has learned in 4-H are Parliamentary procedures, communications within a group, public speaking, cooperation, working with animals and balancing many things at once.
Family members of the 2018 4-H queen are parents, Betsy and Bryan Reinert, and three sisters, Sarah, Emma and Faith.
This summer Katie has been busy. In June she attended four camps, one every week. She attended 4-H Junior Leaders camp in Colorado Springs, Great Northwest 4-H County Camp as a second year camp counselor, dance camp for the school dance team, and HOBY camp, which is a youth leadership camp just for sophomores. This month she has been focused on getting ready for the fair, baby-sitting, and she just started a job at Sweden Creme.
Katie said she is really glad to have the opportunity to be in 4-H. She started in the organization as soon as she could, and she is glad she has stuck with it for so many years.
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held at Mankato Country Club
A 2-woman scramble golf tournament was held June 23 at the Mankato Country Club golf course with 14 teams participating. Towns represented were Mankato, Jewell, Esbon, Burr Oak, Downs, Cawker, Salina and Beloit in Kansas; Oak, Lawrence, Superior, Nelson and Red Cloud, in Nebraska. The proceeds from this tournament as well as donations were given to the Jewell County Cancer Fund. The $40 per person entry fee included entrants mulligans, pin prizes and their lunch. Golfers were presented goodie bags at registration and offered a complimentary breakfast. The entrants also were asked to select a cancer ribbon of their choice color, with many choosing their own cancer color ribbon or that representing a loved one. Three items donated by Judy Ost, Kevin Ost and Joanne Freeman, were drawn for at the conclusion of the afternoon.
Three flights were awarded prize money. 2nd Flight winners were:1st Cindy Hewitt-Melanie Wilton, 84; 2nd Cathy Martin-Jean Menke, 85; 3rd Shelby Bohnert-Darica Bohnert, 88. 1st Flight:1st Belinda Jeffery-Kim Shadduck 75; 2nd Bethany Jeffery-Caley Greving, 75; 3rd Wanda Hurd-Staci Smith, 76. Championship Flight, 1st Cathy Dauner-Jennifer Harris, 64; Joyce Hake-Heather Hancock, 67; 3rd Mary Sawyer-Judy Ost, 71.
Flag prizes were won by the following. Hole 1, closest to white line 1st shot and 1st shot only, Joanne Freeman. Hole 4, closest to red flag, Joyce Hake 5-11. Hole 5, longest putt, Caley Greving, 11-1 1/2. Hole 7, longest putt, Judy Ost, 5-10. Hole 9 closest to pin from off green on any shot, Mandi Burda, gobble.
Money collected from the drawings, mulligans, donations and a portion of the entry fees were later presented by Judy Ost to the Jewell County Cancer Fund committee.
Interns report progress to Jewell Council
The Jewell City Council met in regular session last Monday
at City Hall. Those in attendance were Darrell Bohnert, mayor;
council members Josh Burks, Max Burks, Wade Wilson and Derek Birdsell;
and city clerk Amber Loomis. Council member Gaye Daniels was absent.
Bohnert called the meeting to order. Minutes of the June 4 meeting were approved.
James Lambert, Kansas Gas, arrived to present an updated franchise agreement, as the current one is due to expire. Council approved the updated franchise agreement.
Jaid Runft and Erin Engle, JCCD Dane G. Hansen interns, were in attendance to update the council on the work they have been doing this summer in regards to developing the empty downtown space and possible idea for a fitness center within our community. David Searles was also present to report on the recent Grocers Convention he attended. He shared insight on what is happening in the grocery business within rural areas, and how important it is for rural areas to have a grocery store.
Billing Ordinance 1069 was approved.
Randy and Vicki Moody discussed a recent water bill for their property at 904 Delaware.
David Knappert discussed current and upcoming projects they are working on within the city.
Loomis reported on the 2019 budget she is working on.
A new fire truck has been purchased from Watts Manufacturing, LLC. Grant funds of $20,000 from the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, which were awarded to the Jewell Fire Department, will be applied, and the remainder of the amount will be set up on a lease purchase agreement with Guaranty State Bank.
Kathy Mallory would like to rent the former day care space within the Community Center to open her own day care. She provided a project plan for the council to review, and after some discussion, the council approved to create a rental agreement with Mallory.
The Jewell Apartments board of directors met following the council meeting,
Attending the meeting were Darrell Bohnert, Josh Burks, Max Burks, Derek Birdsell, Wade Wilson, Zachary Gibson and Amber Loomis. Gaye Daniels was absent.
Bohnert called the meeting to order.
Minutes of the June meeting were approved.
Bills were approved as presented.
There are a few sprinkler heads that need fixed. David and Roy will help with this.
Zach asked the board for permission to install a drop box so rent and other items could be delivered outside of normal office hours. The board approved this request.
Zach reported the books are currently being audited by Susan Flinn and Mary Sprague.
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