2009-09-17 / Front Page

Attendance Up at Stalwart Agricultural Fair

Winners Announced in Equestrian Events, Tractor and Horse Pulls
By Jonathan Eppley

Andrew Sherlund of Cedarville rounds a barrel on his horse "Pretty Woman" during the downand back event at the 104th annual Stalwart Agricultural Fair. Andrew Sherlund of Cedarville rounds a barrel on his horse "Pretty Woman" during the downand back event at the 104th annual Stalwart Agricultural Fair. This year's Chippewa County Stalwart Agricultural Fair was bigger and better than recent years, said organizer Lawrence Johnson. In its 104th year, the fair, dubbed Michigan's "Biggest Little Fair," attracted more spectators and participants from further away this year, bringing about 2,100 people, up about 200 over last year, over two days to the fairgrounds southeast of Pickford.

The traditional farm fair celebrates the agricultural heritage of the Eastern Upper Peninsula. The number of groups camping on the fairgrounds was about double from last year. More than 50 campsites were set up between Friday, September 11, and Saturday, September 12.

"We had a real good weekend," Mr. Johnson said. "It was a lot better [this year], because we had better weather and better crowds. It was just better all around."

Madeline Machalski of Sault Ste. Marie with her calf during the Junior Beef Showmanship competition at the Stalwart Agricultural Fair Saturday, September 12. Madeline Machalski of Sault Ste. Marie with her calf during the Junior Beef Showmanship competition at the Stalwart Agricultural Fair Saturday, September 12. Saturday attracted the most spectators to the fairgrounds, about 1,240, owing to several events, including speed and action horse riding, horseshoe competition, garden tractor pulling, barefoot horsepulling, and heavyweight horse-pulling.

About 150 people arrived at the fair just as the gates were opening early Saturday morning to watch more than 30 riders in five classes compete in the speed and action races. The competition began with the barrel races, in which riders had to circle around three barrels in a wide triangle, competing for the fastest time. The timed competition continued with the pole event, in which riders had to weave through a series of six poles without knocking any over. Next, riders had to speed into a three-foot-wide gate, turn their horse around, and speed back through in the keyhole event. Finally, riders hurried down the corral around a barrel and back to the finish line in the down-and-back event.

Winners of the speed and action horse racing competition at the Stalwart Agricultural Fair hold their trophies Saturday, September 12. Pictured are (from left) Carly Vix of Newberry, Julie Hall of Pickford, Taylor Williams of Sault Ste. Marie, and Teresa Kamper of Pickford. Katie Carr of Rudyard (not pictured) won first place in her class. Winners of the speed and action horse racing competition at the Stalwart Agricultural Fair hold their trophies Saturday, September 12. Pictured are (from left) Carly Vix of Newberry, Julie Hall of Pickford, Taylor Williams of Sault Ste. Marie, and Teresa Kamper of Pickford. Katie Carr of Rudyard (not pictured) won first place in her class. Riders' times were tabulated by the judges and trophies were awarded to the fastest riders. Julie Hall won first place in the adult class. Katie Carr and Teresa Kamper each won first in their 13- to 17- year-old classes. Taylor Williams won first place in the under-12 class, and Carly Vix won the pony class.

Taylor Perkins of Cedarville completes the pole race, in which riders had to weave between six poles without tipping any over, during the 104th annual Stalwart Agricultural Fair. She knocked over two poles, adding five seconds for each to her total time of 51.533 seconds. Taylor Perkins of Cedarville completes the pole race, in which riders had to weave between six poles without tipping any over, during the 104th annual Stalwart Agricultural Fair. She knocked over two poles, adding five seconds for each to her total time of 51.533 seconds. "These are some close times," announcer Chris Fountain said. Some of the races were decided by only a fraction of a second. "These are pretty versatile horses."

Elsewhere Saturday, youngsters ages six to 19 displayed their sheep, poultry, and bovine animals to be judged for showmanship. Fair volunteer Nancy Stec said these events attract more families to the fair.

"Every year there's more kids," she said. "It brings grandparents, aunts and uncles, and families. They come to watch the little ones."

Other events at the fair included overweight, heavyweight, and barefoot horse-pulls, a pet show, children's games, antique farm equipment displays, and arts, crafts, and crop displays. Tractors were also tested for strength in a garden tractor pull. The horse-pull events are considered to be some of the fair's biggest attractions.

"Some of the horse-pullers come from lower Michigan," Ms. Stec said. "People also come from St. Ignace, Pickford, the Soo, and Rudyard."

Many organizers attribute the increase in attendance at this year's fair to the good weather; each day of the fair was sunny and warm.

"Usually this weekend it always gets kind of rainy," Ms. Stec said. "It helps to have nice weather."

Garden Tractor Pull Results

Tractors are distinguished by their treads, turf (softer) or bar (rigid).

600 Turf Tony Mengene, 43 inches

600 Bar

Tony Mengene, 54 inches; Tayler O'Brian, 50.75; Zach Harrison, 49.5; Travis Rye, 42.25; Trevor Rye, 37; Brett Batho, 21.5; and Cassie Jo Beamish, 16.5

800 Turf

Jacob Batho, 60 inches; Trevor Rye, 33.5; Mitchell Miller, 22.75; and Austin Beamish, 22

800 Bar

Steve Batho, 80.5-inches; Trevor Rye, 69.5; and Hailey Wojnaroski, 45

1,000 Turf

Travis Rye, 56.5 inches; and Hailey Wojnaroski, 46

1,000 Bar Travis Rye, 96 inches Speed and Action Results Barrels

Adult Class

Russ Sherlund, 20.597 seconds; Julie Hall, 20.608; Brittany Menard, 20.688; Andrew Sherlund, 20.820; Jenny Pierce, 22.125; Brittany Lemieux, 24.334; Kurt Duncan, 24.5; Daisy McKechnie, 26.140; Amie Bennett, 34.513; Julie Dodson, 41.246; and Dan Crimin, 44.859

Ages 13-17 Class (first group)

Katie Carr, 21.401 seconds; Tiffany McCord, 21.424; Erin Menard, 22.237; Teresa Kamper, 22.897; Samantha Williams, 25.446; and Taylor Perkins, 30.304

Ages 13-17 Class (second group)

Samantha Williams, 24.739 seconds; Teresa Kamper, 26.778; Callie Smith, 35.984; and Olivia Smith, 39.895

Under 12 Class

Taylor Williams, 23.401 seconds; Allison Miller, 26.175; Carly Vix, 26.241; Ashley Mosca, 28.976; Danielle Scales, 30.272; and Nicole Sabatos, 35.580

Pony Class

Carly Vix, 27.107 seconds; Taylor Williams, 28.581; Nicole Sabatos, 31.068; William Pfeiffer, 32.533; Anna Pfeiffer, 38.636; and Clay Erickson, 80.814

Poles

Adult Class

Julie Hall, 24.322 seconds; Kathy Lee, 27.710; Andrew Sherlund, 27.749; Dan Crimin, 28.743; Daisy McKechnie, 29.350; Jenny Pierce, 29.433; Kurt Duncan, 30.868; Russ Sherlund, 31.444; Brittany Menard, 34.313; and Amie Bennett, 38.179

Ages 13-17 Class (first group)

Katie Carr, 27.372 seconds; Teresa Kamper, 28.314; Erin Menard, 28.772; Tiffany McCord, 31.226; Samantha Williams, 33.479; and Taylor Perkins, 51.533

Ages 13-17 Class (second group)

Teresa Kamper, 34.407 seconds; Callie Smith, 42.501; and Samantha Williams, 43.907

Under 12 class

Carly Vix, 31.330 seconds; Taylor Williams, 31.726; Allison Miller, 33.514; Danielle Scales, 34.88; Ashley Mosca, 37.664; and Nicole Sabatos, 46.168

Pony Class

Carly Vix, 27.828 seconds; Taylor Williams, 31.936; William Pfeiffer, 33.823; Nicole Sabatos, 34.061; Madeline Michalski, 39.043; Anna Pfeiffer, 42.107; and Clay Erickson, 85.346

Keyhole

Adult Class

Julie Hall, 11.111 seconds; Brittany Menard, 11.799; Jenny Pierce, 12; Kurt Duncan, 12.485; Dan Crimin, 13.174; Kathy Lee, 15.070; Amie Bennett, 17.353; and Julie Dodson, 21.423

Ages 13-17 Class (first group)

Erin Menard, 13.802 seconds; Taylor Perkins, 15.542; Teresa Kamper, 15.619; and Samantha Williams, 17.995

Ages 13-17 Class (second group)

Teresa Kamper, 14.309 seconds; Callie Smith, 16.693; and Samantha Williams, 19.677

Under 12 Class Allison Miller, 14.528 seconds; Taylor Williams, 15.520; Ashley Mosca, 18.302; Nicole Sabatos, 18.984; and Danielle Scales, 21.477

Pony Class

Carly Vix, 13.693 seconds; William Pfeiffer, 18.353; Anna Pfeiffer, 28.879; and Clay Erickson, 41.589

Down and Back

Adult Class

Brittany Menard, 10.098 seconds; Russ Sherlund, 10.125; Andrew Sherlund, 10.174; Julie Hall, 10.181; Jenny Pierce, 10.343; Kathy Lee, 10.623; Dan Crimin, 10.693; Daisy McKechnie, 11.225; Kurt Duncan, 11.345; Brittany Lemieux, 11.363; Dan Crimin, 15.436; and Julie Dodson, 22.787;

Ages 13-17 Class (first group) Katie Carr, 9.998 seconds; Tiffany McCord, 10.252; Erin Menard, 10.562; Teresa Kamper, 10.66; Samantha Williams, 12.183; and Taylor Perkins, 18.023

Ages 13-17 Class (second group)

Teresa Kamper, 11.6 seconds; Callie Smith, 14.244; Olivia Smith, 16.532; and Samantha Williams, 18.417

Under 12 Class

Taylor Williams, 11.139 seconds; Allison Miller, 11.445; Carly Vix, 11.967; Ashley Mosca, 14.074; Danielle Scales, 15.136; and Nicole Sabatos, 16.779

Pony Class

Carly Vix, 12.379 seconds; Taylor Williams, 12.398; Nicole Sabatos, 14.194; William Pfeiffer, 14.335; Madeline Michalski, 14.66; Anna Pfeiffer, 18.052; and Clay Erickson, 38.540

Horse Pulls

Overweight

Jim Crite, John Crite, Justin Day, Bob Crite, John Auvenshine, Erwin Mitchell, Barney Osborne, Hud Drenth, and Theresa Crite

Heavyweight

Dave Esslin, John Crite, Larry Reed, Duane Lowe, Jason Storey, Bill Hoffman, Joe Harrison, Jim Crite, Sherri Hoffman, Robert Wegmeyer, and Alfred Moblo

Barefoot

John Busenbark, Duane Bawks, Robert Wegmeyer, Barney Osborne, and Russ Spiker

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