|95th Annual Murray County Fair|
MURRAY COUNTY NEWS / Dorothy Bloemendaal
Banana split eating contest was a hit amongst the participants on Friday afternoon. The event was sponsored by the Murray County Dairy Association.
MURRAY COUNTY NEWS / Sheila Crowley
Participants of the horse contest watch the judge as she gives out commands for the next exercise.
MURRAY COUNTY NEWS / Dorothy Bloemendaal
These youngsters enjoyed the opportunity to pet the miniature ponies at the Pavlis Auction and Realty exhibit during the Murray County Fair this past weekend.
Many exhibitors, and lots of rides and entertainment for all ages|
The 95th Annual Murray County Fair boosted a variety of events as well as nearly 100 commercial exhibitors.
Scores of visitors traveled throughout the fairgrounds this past week enjoying the many exhibits by 4-Her’s and open class participants as well as visiting with the commercial exhibitors.
Grandstand events included the Ranch rodeo on Wednesday evening. Despite the rain, both participants and spectators, enjoyed the competition of 24 teams as well as the 4-H exhibition team. The stock contractors were Tim and Stacy Hennen from Morton, MN; and Tom and Heather Einerson from Olivia, MN. The winning team was made up of Matt Elbert from Olivia, Gary Johns from Tracy, Nick Kissner from Wood Lake, and Lon Schrunk from Lynd.
On Thursday evening the audience was treated to a tractor pull. Winners included:
10,000 lbs out of field
1) Eric Dahlgren, Hadley
2) Rick Martens, Slayton, MN
3) Curt Dahlhoff, Slayton
10,500 lbs. Open Class
1) Albert Groeneweg, Rock Valley, IA,
2) Bill Hassebrock
3) Jared Dubbelde, Del Rapids, SD
12,500 lbs. out of field
1) Eric Van Groothest
2) C.J. Lepp
3) Roger Schwartz, Garvin, MN
15,000 lbs. out of the field
1) Lane Kohls, Slayton, MN
2) Ben Kremer, Iona 3) Pat Heard, Lake Wilson
12,000 lbs Open Class
1) Albert Groeneweg, Rock Valley
2) Jason Lepp, St. James
3) Bill Hassebrock
17,500 out of field
1) Del Anderson, Garvin
2) Craig Bangasser, Garvin
3) Paul Overman, Iona
20,000 lbs. out of the field
1) Dean Karau, St. James
2) Tyler Anderson, Garvin
3) Gordon Swan, Hadley
22,500 lbs out of field
1) Mark Bonnstetter, Slayton
2) Brian Kremer, Iona
3) Bill Gervais, Currie
25,000 lbs out field
1) Douglas Bovine, Holland
2) Mike Gervais, Currie
3) Jason Overgaauw, Lake Wilson.
Tractor pull sponsors included Slayton Equipment, Hadley Farmers Elevator, Bruns Elevator, Lime Creek Ag Services, ADM of Dovray, Chandler Coop, Rowdy’s Radiator, Carlson’s Northside, Kremer Oil, Dierks Oil & Trailer Sales, Dahlgren Agri, Schuur Concrete, Slayton International, Slayton Building Materials, Stonegate Orchard & Market, Minnwest Bank South, United Prairie Bank, Currie State Bank, State Bank of Chandler, First National Bank, Fulda-Slayton, Fulda Area Credit Union, Centennial Mortgage & Funding, Southwest Minnesota Concrete.
Friday evening the Murray County stock car races (see page 11 for complete results).
Saturday evening boasted a demolition derby. Winners included:
18 Eric Miller, Marshall
6K Larry Brobbit, Pipestone
52 Jeremy Hartson, Garvin
7X Mike Staples,
17 Eric Buchholz, Westbrook
81X Jason Wiese, Pipestone
31 Heath Mitchell, Slayton
33 Mike Fedde, Balaton
28 Kass Wallenstein, Currie
001 Todd Wixon, Balaton
55 Adam Chandler, Balaton
7C Brent Schroeder, Storden
4 Keith Moser, Larchwood, IA
1-Jesse Wajer - 4W, Slayton
2-Paul Platt - 20, Iona
3-Rob Visher - 13, Windom
4-Delly Wildfeuer-47, Slayton
5-Chris LeTendre-77, Slayton
6-Jay Patter-12, Bingham Lake
1-Val Brecinski-86, Marshall
2-Denny Johnson-68, Madelia
3-Rob Viaene-69, Marshall
4-Francis Miller-71X, Marshall
5-Tony Bednarek-007, Cottonwood
99X-Jordan Larson, Bingham Lake
000-Cody Bergendahl, Windom
77-Chris LeTendre, Slayton
1-52 Jeremy Hartson, Garvin
Tie for Second:
2-77 Chris LeTendre, Slayton and
2-31Heath Mitchell, Slayton
4-001 Todd Wixon, Balaton
5-81 Jason Wiese, Pipestone
Other events at the fair included the 1st annual Hershey Chocolate contest held on Thursday afternoon with judging by Tom. There were 28 adults and 12 youth entered in the contest.
Winners included: Adults - 1st, Lavina Fox, Slayton - Chocolate Carrot Cake; 2nd, Marian Feste, Balaton, Death by Chocolate; 3rd, Micah Sunderman, Westbrook, Out of this World Brownies. Youth - 1st, Darren Feste, Balaton - Pizza Bars; 2nd, Aurora Sunderman, Westbrook - Coconut Chip Nut Bars; 3rd, Megan Counter, Slayton - Double Frosted Brownies.
Friday afternoon an apple pie baking contest was hosted by the Stonegate Orchard.
The Apple Pie Baking contest at the Murray County Fair was a fun event with about 100 people enjoying apple pie. Sue Brown of the Country Host donated the ice cream that was served with the pie.
Winners of the contest were First: Marian Mulder; Second: Marilyn Zinnel and tying for Third: Gladys Feste and Elvera Nelson.
Prizes were furnished by Stonegate Orchard and Market. Thanks to the judges for the event: Jason Runck from First National Bank, Barb Staples from MinnWest Bank South and Dale Roemmich from United Prairie Bank.
Once again the fair was a wonderful success due in part to the many volunteers. For many the fair is a tradition and some have volunteered for more than 40 years. Volunteers are a key to a successful fair and Murray County has an abundance of volunteers. A special thanks to the Fair Board members for all their help and support.
Pick up a Murray County News for many pictures taken during the Murray County Fair, including 4-H winners. Many photos of the Prairie Day Parade held on Saturday are in the news also.