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Maggie Brown, Leesha Clevenger and Dani Geoppinger show off their winning form during the Women Only heat of the bathtub races at the 2012 Fredericktown Tomato Show.
Maggie Brown, Leesha Clevenger and Dani Geoppinger show off their winning form during the Women Only heat of the bathtub races at the 2012 Fredericktown Tomato Show. (Photo by Pamela Schehl) View Image

By Mount Vernon News
September 10, 2012 10:49 am EDT

 

FREDERICKTOWN — Pedal power, marksmanship and catching ability, strength and agility and even milking skills were on display Saturday evening at the Fredericktown Tomato Show.

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Youngsters started off the competitions with a Big Wheel bike race, pedaling furiously to be the first to the finish line. There were three divisions in the timed competition. Olivia Newland won the 3- and 4-year-old division; Kaelen Bauersfield came in first in the 5- and 6-year-old division; and Peyton Hogg was the fastest in the 7- and 8-year-old race.

Next up was the crowd-pleasing bathtub race. Each competing team consisted of a driver, sitting in a tub filled with diluted tomato juice, and two pushers. Athleticism, speed and control all came into play as the contest unfolded. The course started downhill at Leve Agri-Man and, after a U-turn partway down the North Main hill, returned uphill to the starting line. Adding to the excitement were little snags such as shoes falling off the a pusher or two, belts not fastened tightly enough and, of course, trouble on the turn.

The winners were: Women Only, Maggie Brown, Leesha Clevenger and Dani Geoppinger; 25 and over, David Swartzentruber, Vince Swartzentruber and Hannah Hershberger; and 25 and under, CJ Ruhl, Jamison Shipley and Derrick Morrison. The Methodists won this year’s Minister’s Challenge.

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