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.
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.
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.
In addition to being a superintendent, Konopasek likes to enter floral projects, but she says the dry conditions affected her choice of flower entries.
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...
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.
Daniel Ahlers, another Le Mars FFA members talks about some of the animal exhibits found in the new kiddie barn.
Steen explains the reason for the move.
Ahlers says fair goers seem to enjoy the new facility, and he says it is safer.