With the opening of the Howard County Fair less than a month away, those hoping to exhibit are watering gardens, feeding animals, attending workshops and anticipating another fun fair week.
Staging the fair each August is a major volunteer project of the Howard County Fair Board, which is "always in need of new blood, new participation, and new ideas" said board president Rob Moxley.
4-H members and their families, and many folks who are just interested, spend fair week plus the weeks before and after helping. If you'd like to volunteer for an hour or a week, call 442-1022.
Do you think of the Howard County Fair as rides, fattening food and pig races?
Try entering the fair this year to become part of it. You might win a ribbon and a prize.
You'll surely have fun. There's a baby contest, an amateur variety show and a pretty animal contest.
Farm crops, fruits and vegetables will be judged.
Home canned foods, baked foods and candies, handwork and sewing projects, paintings, photographs, and flowers will be on display.
And there will be a pie eating contest, 4-H livestock shows, a cow milking contest, sales of livestock, horse shows, a 4-H bicycle contest.
4-H members compete in every imaginable category. If you'd like information on entering the fair this year, call 442-1022 -- and leave a message.
Young dog owners who belong to 4-H will gather at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Howard County Fairground for the Happy Hounds 4-H Club Dog Match. The handlers and their dogs will hTC participate in a Fitting and Showing Match. Winners will receive trophies donated by Just For Pets.
The Happy Hounds focuses on responsible dog ownership. Students and their dogs participate in an obedience class in the spring and work their dogs in the winter.
They meet each month except August at the Fairgrounds and in colder weather at Atholton High School.
The 30 club members live throughout the county and range in age from six to 18.
If you would like to join Happy Hounds, call leader Sandy Melichar at 988-9722.
Girl Scout co-leaders Pam Wright and Amy Burns reserved cabins for a Senior Girl Scout trip two years ago. The girls in Troop 1046 planned their itinerary and set their goal in 1991.
On July 5, they headed west with Maryland flags and packets of black-eyed Susan seeds to share with other Girl Scout troops along the way.
They will cover more than 5,000 miles by car in 17 days and will camp in Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana, before heading back through Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and West Virginia.
Their trip will include visits to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming as well as stops at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.
Their itinerary also includes a pizza party with a Sioux Falls, S.D., Girl Scout Troop, a visit to Mount Rushmore, a chance to pan for gold at a real gold mine, and, of course, a stop at Old Faithful.
People in western Howard County recently had a change in the day the county picks up their recyclables and in some rules for recycling.
New rules require recyclable glass, plastic, and metal to be bagged together in clear plastic bags that are fastened shut. Aerosol cans can be recycled if they are completely empty. Paper material that is not food-contaminated, plasticized, or waxed also can be recycled. Flatten cardboard so it is bundled about the size of an open sheet of newspaper or smaller. Recycle glass bottles and jars and narrow neck plastic containers marked with the number 1 or 2 on the bottom.
Recycling saves space in the landfills and tax dollars in landfill costs.
If you did not receive the new brochure that details the updated rules and pick up days, call 313-SORT.
Folks at Jennings Chapel and Poplar Springs United Methodist churches invite you to join them for an "Old-Fashioned Hymn Sing" at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. List your favorite hymns and come to raise your voice in song. Phone 489-7185.
Students at Glenelg High School who were recognized for academic honors included Kristy Conway, Kimberly Hackett, Luther McKenney, Joella Russell, Jeremiah Russell, Lakesha Washington and Tascha Williams, who won the Western Black Student Achievement Program Senior Awards.
Winning the prestigious Presidential Academic Fitness Awards were Alicia Adams, Dana Allinson, Linnet Cochrane, Christian Cordisco, Jeffrey Cordisco, Michele Farley, Matthew Gibson, Erin Hemler, Patricia Kilroy, Alison Mitchell, Mary Rose Rankin, Diana Rolfs, Robin Ruppalt, Marguerite Rupsis, Christopher Schaefer, Katherine Stephens and Raymond Walker.