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Saturday news, July 28

Temperature Drops...Attendance Rises

(Le Mars) -- The drop in temperature meant an increase in attendance for the third day of the Plymouth County Fair.  Fair officials report Friday's attendance was listed as 19,750 or about 500 more people than Friday's attendance of 2011.  So far for the week, the Plymouth County Fair's attendance is ahead of last year's numbers by 1,450 people.  The total attendance for this year's fair is listed at 52,150.

 

 

Fourth Day Fair Schedule

(Le Mars) -- Today at the fair, the 4-H and FFA swine show starts at 8:30 a.m.   At 9:00 is the Open Draft and Mule Show at the Horse Arena.  The 4-H and FFA Poultry show begins at 9:00 a.m. at the north arena.  It's kids day at the Century Hall starting at 10:30 a.m. The Life Skills Quilt Auction will get under
way at 2:00 p.m.

 

 

Dreckman Creates Another Auction Quilt

(Le Mars) -- Geri Dreckman has been doing this so long she doesn't even remember how many years she's made a quilt to donate to the fair.  This being either her 10th or 11th year, Gerri explains what the 2012 Quilt looks like.

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The quilt uses every color of the rainbow and the triangles she talked about have a ton of detail. The flowers around the border are connected by running green vines, and the edges of the quilt are rounded.

Geri put 270 hours into this years quilt, and Mary Roder finished the quilt by using her long-arm quilting machine to put together the top, batting and backing.
This labor of love is something that Geri does simply to give back to the fair.

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Her quilting career began 15 years ago, and in the beginning she made a bunch of quilts as Christmas presents.  Geri said after that she wanted to keep quilting, made another masterpiece and since she didn't know what to do with it, donated it to the fair.
Geri Dreckman says her quilts bring a couple thousand dollars on average at the Fair Auction, but she is most proud of one she did a two years ago.

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The Plymouth County Fair Board puts the money toward improvement projects around the fair. 
The Fair Auction is Sunday at 4:30 in Pioneer Village.  Geri says her quilt is usually the 4th or 5th item.


Liquid Blue Highlights Pioneer Village Entertainment On Saturday

With a resume including concerts in 100 different countries and opening for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, "Liquid Blue" comes to Le Mars, Iowa for the Plymouth County Fair. Brad Harvey, Fair Entertainment chair tells us about the group.

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That not-from-around-here look includes bright clothes, hair and a cover band style you may have never seen before. Liquid Blue's performances are at 5, 7:15 and 9:30pm with hypnotist Travis McGill sprinkled in between at 6 and 8:15.

Harvey says that Sunday's Fair entertainment beings us a little close to home.

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"The Browns" play at 3:30 and 7pm.  Also at Pioneer Village on Sunday is the Fair Auction at 4:30 including the selling of the Chainsaw Creations. At 6pm "Locked and Loaded," a country rock band out of Sioux City, will take the stage.

 

King To Visit Plymouth County Fair

(Washington) -- Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King has announced he will attend the Plymouth County Fair on Saturday.  King is scheduled to be on the grounds between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

 

 

Woodbury County Issues Burn Ban

(Sioux City) -- Woodbury County has joined the ranks of several other counties, including Plymouth County, by issuing a burn ban.  The burn ban takes effect this morning as of 8:00 a.m.  More than two-thirds of Iowa counties have issued a burn ban due to the extreme drought conditions.


Le Mars United Way Campaign Starts With Golf Tournament

(Le Mars) -- Le Mars United Way is ready for the ninth annual golf tournament that will kick off the 2012-2013 campaign.  The golf tournament, scheduled for August 30th, will also determine the new home for the next 12 months of LUW, the traveling trophy.  LUW which is short for the Le Mars United Way is a bronze painted lawn ornament of a golfer about 18 inches tall and weighs about 30 pounds.  Tradition dictates the winning foursome take LUW on their travels and photograph his adventures over the following 12 months.  Last year's winning team of Michael Murphy, Al Wendt, Mike Daggett and Mike Thompson.  The golf tournament is scheduled for Thursday, August 30th with a noon start.  It will be held at the Willow Creek Golf Course at Le Mars.

 

Inwood Swimmer Dies

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - An 11-year-old girl pulled from a swimming pool in Rock Rapids on Wednesday has died.
Lyon County Sheriff Blythe Bloemendaal says Kaitlyn Heyden of rural Inwood was found at the bottom of a pool during Family Fun Night. She was taken to a Sioux Falls hospital.
Bloemendaal says officials are trying to determine what role a pre-existing heart condition may have played in the girls' death.
An autopsy is planned.

 

Jewell Human Remains Identified

JEWELL, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have identified the remains pulled from a central Iowa lake as a Jewell man reported missing in 2007.
KCCI-TV reports the man is identified as 66-year-old Virgil Wilcox.
The Iowa medical examiner's office says Wilcox's death has been ruled a suicide with the cause of death listed as drowning.
The Hamilton County Sheriff's office says Wilcox was reported missing from Jewell in November 2007.
A vehicle was pulled from Little Wall Lake on Thursday night after people fishing at the lake earlier in the day found human remains.
The lake is south of Jewell, about 55 miles north of Des Moines.




 

 

 

   

Friday news, July 27

Day Three of the Plymouth County Fair

(Le Mars) -- It's Day Three of the Best Five Days of the Summer...the Plymouth County Fair.  Today's highlights include the 4-H Market Beef and Breeding Beef Show which starts at 8:30 a.m.  The 4-H and FFA Dog Show also begins at 8:30 a.m. this morning.  Plymouth County has three head of dairy cattle entered this year and they will be judged at 5:00 p.m.  The Antique Tractor Parade will get started at 6:00 p.m. in front of the Grandstand, and following that event will be the Tractor and Mini Rod Pull.  Century Hall will serve as the site for the cooking school which will start at 7:00 p.m.

 

 

Cooler Temperatures Help Fair Attendance

(Le Mars) -- Fair officials are reporting that Thursday's gate attendance was higher than last year's.  This year, the attendance for the second day was listed at 17,000.  A year ago, the attendance level was at 16,250.  Fair board Director Rich Benson says the cooler temperatures on Thursday made a difference
in fair goers attendance and attitude.

 

 

Le Mars and Merrill Fire Departments Fight Grass Fire

(Le Mars) -- Fire crews from Le Mars and Merrill were on the scene of a grass fire located on Highway 3 and Iris Avenue, about a mile west of Brunsville.  The fire was reported at about 3:50 p.m.  A baler had caught fire and was fully engulfed when fire officials arrived on the scene.  The baler ignited the grass fire.  Fire crews were on the scene for nearly an hour and a half.

 


Secondary Road Crews To Replace Bridge With Culvert

(Le Mars) -- The Plymouth County Secondary Roads Department has announced that Pioneer Avenue from County Road C-60 to 280th Street will be closed starting Monday and continuing through August 17th.  Road crews are replacing a wooden bridge with a culvert.  speaking about County Road C-60, it is scheduled to have a paving project begin within the next few days.

 


Fair Attendees Can Name New Park

(Le Mars) -- Attendees of the Plymouth County Fair have the opportunity to name a new lake and park near Akron.  The Plymouth County Conservation Board is asking fair attendees to vote for their favorite name.  Dennis Sohl, Plymouth County Conservation Executive Director says the new park is from a land swap deal the county had with Higman Sand and Gravel Company of Akron.

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Sohl says once the lake and park is completed it will cover 20 acres of surface area.  At the Plymouth County Conservation booth, people have the choice of three possible names as narrowed down from a larger list of submissions.

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Sohl says monetary donations from fair attendees will determine the final name selection.

 

 

Drought Affected Horticulture Exhibits

(Le Mars) -- We know the drought has affected area crops, but what about the flower and vegetable gardens?  Mary Konopasek serves as a Plymouth County Fair superintendent for the Open Class Horticulture Division.  She says the number of entries are down this year, and she believes it is because of the dry conditions.

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In addition to being a superintendent, Konopasek likes to enter floral projects, but she says the dry conditions affected her choice of flower entries.

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Konopasek says there are several container plant entries, and even hanging flowers.  The horticulture superintendent says the vegetable entries consisted of onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, potatos and herbs.  She says with the heat wave, there is another reason to visit the horticulture building...

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Kiddie Barn Has New Location

(Le Mars) -- If you have had the chance to visit the Plymouth County Fair, you may have noticed the Kiddie Barn has a new location.  The traditonal area designated as an educational area for small children introducing them to various types of animals is now located in the barn to the east, sharing space with the draft horses.  The Kiddie Barn is supervised by the Le Mars FFA.  J.D. Steen, a Le Mars FFA member explains the benefits of the move.

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Daniel Ahlers, another Le Mars FFA members talks about some of the animal exhibits found in the new kiddie barn.

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Steen explains the reason for the move.

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Ahlers says fair goers seem to enjoy the new facility, and he says it is safer.

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