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EARLIER: Fair-weather fans

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By Josh Moore

The hot sun didn't keep families and friends from enjoying the attractions of the Shelby County Fair and Horse Show this week.

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Ben Manno, 4, made his first-ever visit to the fair on Wednesday.

His parents, Ron and Rebecca Manno, said it was his first time riding something by himself.

“We just thought it would be fun,” Rebecca Manno said. “So far he loves the rides.”

Olivia Martin stopped by the fair with a couple of her friends.

“It looks like fun when you drive by,” she said. “We came for the rides and the food.”

Everyone has his or her own favorite ride, but Martin and her friends agreed theirs was the Cyclops, which spins as it rocks side to side high in the air.

And though some people were enjoying rides and playing carnival games outside, others were looking over this year's contest entries and winners in Floral Hall.

Harold Nation said he likes to look at the exhibits every year to compare the vegetables to the ones he's grown at home. He said he used to enter the competitions but now leaves it to younger generations.

Nation said the contest is an opportunity to showcase Shelby County residents' ability.

The 4-H and FFA competitions are especially important, he said.

“If they start when they're young, they're likely to continue when they grow up,” Nation said.

Robert Harris, 10, said he was excited that his hard work paid off.

His birdhouse won grand champion in the wood science division of the 4-H competition.

“I'm really happy about it,” Harris said. Harris's grandmother, Rose Parsons, is happy about it too.

“I think it's great,” she said. “His mom was in 4-H and enjoyed it, and now he enjoys it.”

Participation in this year's contest was up about 150 from last year, with about 615 entries, said Amanda Gajdzik, a member of the Shelby County A&M Fair Board.

That number doesn't include 4-H or FFA entries.

A new chicken exhibit has been a favorite of children, she said. Visitors could see eggs hatch into chicks throughout the week.

Gajdzik said the fair has something for all ages and interests.

Ron Manno said Ben, who was too shy to talk himself, enjoyed the tugboat ride the most.

Ron said the night out was expensive but worth it.
2009 Shelby County Fair FFA Floral Hall Results   Hay Alfalfa-class 160 Rachel White-Blue and Champion Nick Truax-Red   Alfalfa/Grass Mix-161 Adam White-Blue and champion Jamie Tipton-Blue Nick Truax-Blue Mercades Jeffries-Red   Legume/Grass Mix-162 Nathan Truax-Blue and Champion Nick Truax-Blue   Grass Hay-163 Nick Truax-Blue and Champion Nathan Truax-Blue Jamie Tipton-Blue   Floral Design Artificial Flower Arrangement-class 301 Debra Jenkins-Blue   Dried Flower Arrangement-302 Debra Jenkins-Blue and Champion Lana Barnett-Red   Live Flower Arrangement-303 Lana Barnett-Blue and Champion Debra Jenkins-Red   Photography Single Black & White Photo-class 630 Jacob Lisby-Blue and Champion Debra Jenkins-Blue   Single Color Photo-class 631 Debra Jenkins-Blue and Champion Jacob Lisby-Blue Record Book Debra Jenkins-Blue   FFA Art Drawing-class 650 Mercades Jeffries-Blue and Champion Harley Sweet-Red   Horticulture Blooming House Plant-class 200 Lana Barnett-Red   Cactus-class 201 Jacob Lisby-Red   Blooming Annual-class 204 Jacob Lisby-Red   Hanging Basket-class 209 Lana Barnett-Blue   Any other plants-class 220 Lana Barnett-Blue   Vegetables, Herbs and Melons Green Beans-class 400 Jacob Lisby-Blue   Beets-class 401 Jacob Lisby-Red   Green Onions-class 405 Jessica Travis-Blue   Sweet Onions-class 406 Jessica Travis-Blue and Champion Jacob Lisby-Red   Best plate of onions-class 407 Jacob Lisby-Blue     Lettuce-class 408 Jacob Lisby-Blue and Champion Jessica Travis-Blue   Sweet Peppers-class 410 Jessica Travis-Red   Green Tomatoes-class 415 Jessica Travis-Blue   Zucchini-class 418 Jessica Travis-Red   Herb Garden-class 430 Nathan Truax-Blue and Champion Jessica Travis-Blue Jacob Lisby-Red   Herb-class 431 Jessica Travis-Red Jacob Lisby-Red   2009 Shelby County Fair Miniature Horse Show Results Class 1 - Costume Class First: Shawnee Moonlight Fire, Janet Dudick owner/handler   Class 2 - Youth Halter First: Lemon, Leslie Woodward owner/handler

Second: SAS You Betcha, Robert Effinger for SAS Miniatures

Third: Von J's Paola Ladybug, Devon York for James Reardon

  Class 3 - Solid Color

First: Buttermilk Meadow Muffin, Sarah Shelburne owner/handler

Second: SAS Dust Buster, Callie Gullett for High Mountain

Third: Buckeye I'm So Bleu, William Phillips for High Mountain

Fourth: Rhapsody's Quest for Gold, Donna Phillips for High Mountain

Fifth: Lemon, Leslie Woodward owner/handler

Sixth, EJH Dukes Royal Fairnight, Diane Wright owner/handler

  Class 4 - Mature Mares 34 inch and under First: SAS Vanna White, Sarah Shelburne owner/handler Second: Pine Bluff Primrose, R.C. Shelburne owner/handler Third: Uno Cool Chick, Paula Langheim owner/handler Fourth: Lemon, Leslie Woodward owner/handler   Class 5 - Mature Mares 34 inch - 38 inch

First: SAS Navjo Dove, Roland Shelburne for SAS Miniatures

Second: Buttermilk Meadow Muffin, Sarah Shelburne owner/handler

  Class 6 - Mature Stallions and geldings 34 inch and under First: Freedom Hill Echo Echo, Diane Wright owner/handler

Second: Pine Bluff Dark Shadow, R. C. Shelburne owner/handler

Third: Von J's Lucky Madagascar, LaVonne Reardon for James Reardon

Fourth: Shawnee Moonlight Fire, Janet Dudick owner/handler

  Class 7 - Mature Stallions and geldings 34 inch-38 inch First: Buckeye WCF Tanduco, William Phillips for High Mountain

Second: SAS You Betcha, Roland Shelburne for SAS Miniatures

Third: SAS Dust Buster, Callie Giullett for High Mountain

Fourth: Phapsody's Quest for Gold, Donna Phillips for High Mountain

  Class 8 - Multi-Color First: Duke's Royal Fairlight, Diane Wright owner/handler

Second: Red Fox California Girl, Judy House for Diane Wright

Third: Michigans Pralines and Cream, Callie Gulliett for High Mountain

Fourth: Buckeye WCF Tanduco, William Phillips High Mountain

Fifth: Von J's A Hidden Speckle of Taboo, LaVonne Reardon for James Reardon

Sixth, Cottontails Wildman, Georgia Shelburne for Sarah Shelburne

  Class 9 - Weanlings and Yearlings

First: Buckeye WCF I'm So Bleu, William Phillips for High Mountain

Second: Michigans Pralines and Cream, Callie Gullett for High Mountain

Third: Pecos East All That Jazz, LaVonne Reardon for James Reardon

Fourth: Uno Grand Affair, Paula Langheim owner/handler Fifth: Von J's Delilah Grace, James Reardon owner/handler

Sixth, Michigans Twist To The Right, Donna Phillips for High Mountain

  Class 10 - Two Year Olds

First: Von J's A Hidden Speckle Of Taboo, LaVonne Reardon for James Reardon

Second: Red Fox California, Judy House for Diane Wright Third: Dukes Royale Fairlight, Diane Wright owner/handler

Fourth: Von J's Paola Ladybug, Devon York for James Reardon

  Class 11 - Pleasure Driving 34 inch and under:

First: Pine Bluff Firestone, Vivian Shelburne owner/handler

Second: SAS Vanna White, Georgia Shelburne for Sarah Shelburne

Third: Pine Bluff Hornet, Roland Shelburne for SAS Miniatures

Fourth: Von J's Lucky Madagascar, LaVonne Reardon for James Reardon

Fifth: Cottontails Wildman, Sarah Shelburne owner/handler

Sixth, SAS Dust Buster, William Phillips for High Mountain

  Class 12 - Pleasure Driving 34-38 inch: First: SAS Navjo Dove, Ann Effinger for SAS Miniatures

Second: Buttermilk Meadow Muffin, Sarah Shelburne owner/handler

Third: CLRS Cruisin, Donna Phillips for High Mountain

Fourth: SAS You Betcha, Roland Shelburne for SAS Miniatures

  Class 13 - Youth Driving 18 and younger: First: SAS You Betch, Robert Effinger for SAS Miniatures Second: Von J's Free Spirit, Devon York for James Reardon Third: Lemon, Leslie Woodward owner/handler

Fourth: Warman's Acquired Taste, Kayla Dudick for Janet Dudick

  Class 14 - Roadster 34 inch and under:

First: Pine Bluff Firestone, Vivian Shelburne owner/handler

Second: Pine Bluff Primrose, R.C. Shelburne owner/handler

Third: Pine Bluff Horner, Roland Shelburne for SAS Miniatures

  Class 15 - Roadster over 34 inch:

First: SAS You Betcha, Roland Shelburne for SAS Miniatures

Second: Buttermilk Meadow Muffin, Georgia Shelburne for Sarah Shelburne

Third: SAS Navjo Dove, Ann Effinger for SAS Miniatures        

“As long as he's having fun, I'm having fun,” he said.