Saturday July 28, 2018


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Friday July 27, 2018


Allison Glass/ News Seven-year-old Addison Schillinger leads her Jr. Heifer calf, Twinkle, around the show ring during the Knox County Senior Fair open beef show Friday morning. Schillinger received a first place in pee wee showmanship and a first place with her cow.

Showing off their good side



 Callan Pugh/ News Lakelyn Parnell participates in the Junior Fair English Jumping Show Friday with her horse Buster. Parnell took several awards throughout the Knox County Fair including first runner-up overall in Junior Performance Versatility.

Riding for the love of horses


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Thursday July 26, 2018


On the block

Joshua Morrison/News Kaiden Clutter is all smiles as the bid rises for his Grand Champion Broilers.
Joshua Morrison/News Braiden Bower of Glenmont with his Grand Champion Pen of Three Market Lambs
Joshua Morrison/News Taylynn Morningstar leads her 1,507-pound Grand Champion Market Steer into the sale arena
Joshua Morrison/News Auctioneer Steve Jagger calls out a bid during the Thursday Sale of Champions.
Joshua Morrison/News The 267-pound Grand Champion Market Hog and Light Heavy Weight Division Champion was raised by Ethan Moore of Mount Vernon.
Joshua Morrison/News Dawson Staley, Fredericktown, shows his 1,294-pound Reserve Grand Champion Market Beef Cow





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Wednesday July 25, 2018


Split hairs separate first, second at Rough Truck

Geoff Cowles
Geoff Cowles

It came right down to the final truck. If any driver in Wednesday’s rough truck competition had a chance to top the best run of the night, it was defending champion Adam Blankenhorn of Mount Vernon. He would have to do it in front of a packed Knox County Fairgrounds grandstand. It was Blankenhorn who had put up the best time (34.855 seconds) of the night to grab the number one qualifier spot in the top 10 runoff. He only had one man to beat — Mount Vernon’s Levi Lape.

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Tuesday July 24, 2018


Allison Glass/News  Kylie Manley, 14, competes in the trot/walking contest Tuesday morning in the horse show arena on a Tennessee Walking Horse named Honeybee. Manley completed the course in at time of approximately 28 seconds.


Horses a lifelong passion for Manley

The Knox County fair proves every year that passion for animals begins at a young age. Kylie Manley, 14, from Fredericktown, has loved horses her entire life.

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Chuck Martin/News Aubrey Dawson of Danville FFA gets her steer judged by Tim Schaub on Tuesday in the market dairy steer competition at the Knox County Fair.


More to a steer than size

The biggest difference between dairy market steers and feeder calves is obvious — size. While the animals in the feeder classes are 6-8 months old and run from 400 to 600 pounds, the steers are at least a year old and weigh more than 1,000 pounds.

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Callan Pugh/News Caity Gaddis sets the legs of her market beef cow during judging in Tuesday’s Beef Steer Show. Gaddis received first in her class.


4-H’ers show what they know in Beef Steer show

4-H and FFA members gathered Tuesday evening to show off their Beef Feeder and Market Beef in the Beef Steer Show held in the Multipurpose Building at the Knox County Fair.

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Joshua Morrison/News The band, All For One, performed on the Midway Stage at the Knox County Fair on Tuesday. The group sang contemporary and Christian rock music for a large crowd.


Rockin’ at the fair

Joshua Morrison/Mount Vernon News

The band, All For One, performed on the Midway Stage at the Knox County Fair on Tuesday. The group sang contemporary and Christian rock music for a large crowd. Request this photo

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Chelsea Olms/News Lily Helser, 13, took home first place for the Intermediate Showman class at the Junior Fair Dairy Goat and Pygmy Goat Showmanship Competition on Tuesday at the Knox County Fair.


Showcasing their talents

The Junior Fair Dairy Goat and Pygmy Goat Showmanship Competition on Tuesday tested the discipline and goat knowledge of 4-Hers of all ages in the Swine Arena at the Knox County Fair.

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Chuck Martin/News Rachel Webber, a member of Chapelview Barn Buddies 4-H Club, waits patiently for her turn at the Dairy Market Feeder Show on Tuesday at the Knox County Fair.


Feeder calves a fun show at fair

Showing dairy market feeder calves is a consistently popular event at the Knox County Junior Fair. This year there were 95 entries, behind only the 220 market hogs and 136 breeding rabbits.

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Fred Main/News Danville’s Nicholas Stover (878) leads a trio of airborne riders during the pro bike class of motocross Tuesday at the Knox County Fair. Following closely behind were Cody Scott of Mount Vernon, left, and Tony Culland of Mount Vernon, right. Stover won the race.


Locals snare 10 top spots in motocross

Nicholas Stover thought he had entered a more adult stage of his life.

The Danville native, after years of touring around the country as a teenager on his motorbike, had hung up his helmet and gotten a “real” job. But, at the request of his brother, he broke out the gear one more time at Tuesday’s Knox County Fair motocross event.

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Birthday winnings

Dan Reynolds, of Crestline, had some birthday magic and good horses working in his favor Tuesday, winning two races and placing in the top-three two other times at the Knox County Fair.

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Erick Starkey/News Luke Ebersole, in the sulky for Whosur Linda, races down the final stretch of the half-mile track at the Knox County Fair on Tuesday.
Erick Starkey/News In the third race of the day Tuesday at the Knox County Fair, Ammon Hershberger (4), driving Look At Turbo, and Jonas Hershberger (1), driving Rose Run Udaman, work their horses to keep pace with the leader.


Track sees highs, lows

For Luke Ebersole, who got his start in harness racing in Mount Vernon, racing is a rollercoaster that he enjoys riding each and every day.

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Geoff Cowles/News Johnstown High School senior Jordan Ramone drives his truck, “Locally Hated” during Tuesday’s dirt drag racing event at the Knox County Fair.


Drivers take it to the dirt track

It’s the fastest 50 yards at the Knox County Fair. Tuesday night’s dirt drag racing kicked up plenty of dirt and as much excitement as fleet 4×4’s can create.


Monday July 23, 2018


Chelsea Olms/News Although Monday’s Cattle Costume Fun Show was canceled, Natalie Harris,15, and her 7-month-old cow, Kiva, strutted their stuff at the fairgrounds as a cop and convict Monday evening at the Knox County Fair.


Bovine arrest

Chelsea Olms/Mount Vernon News

Although Monday’s Cattle Costume Fun Show was canceled, Natalie Harris,15, and her 7-month-old cow, Kiva, strutted their stuff at the fairgrounds as a cop and convict Monday evening at the Knox County Fair. Request this photo

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Allison Glass/News Dairy Showmanship champion, Jillian Bouton, center, listens to judge Mark Bardall, right, during the Intermediate Showmanship competition Monday morning. Bouton placed first with her heifer, Wildberry, out of seven other competitors in the Intermediate showmanship category, including Lucas Phillips, left, and her elder sister, Audrey, far left.


Dairy cattle all part of family for Boutons

The fourth-generation of Bouton dairy farmers stole the show at Monday’s dairy show at the Knox County Fair.

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Chelsea Olms/News Brayden Ross and his horse, Dualley, compete in Western Horsemanship Walk-Trot show on Monday at the Knox County Fair. Ross celebrated his ninth birthday while participating.


Horsemen show passion, dedication

A lot of time and dedication goes into training horses for fair, and 4-Hers put a lot of work into preparing both themselves and their horses for the competitions they participate in. For the Western Horsemanship Walk-Trot competition, a lot of discipline is required, as the horses need to follow quick directions.

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Nick Sabo/News Kelly Kennedy tries to keep control of her broiler pen chickens as she places them on the judging table Monday during the Knox County Fair.


Chickens, turkeys handled with care

Chickens get a lift, but turkeys walk.

At the pen of three broiler chickens judging Monday, kids toted their hens from the barn area to judging in cages, crates, cardboard boxes and laundry baskets. The chickens are taken out of their steel cages and brought to the judging area in lighter carriers before being lugged back to the cages.

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Callan Pugh/News Lauren Ashcraft, left, and Alenah Boeshart, right, show off their pigs one last time for the judge in the Junior Fair Board Swine Show Monday evening. Boeshart received top place in the lightweight division. Ashcraft took second.


Going hog wild at the fair

You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but, for the very patient 4-H’er willing to put in the time, the same cannot be said about pigs. 4-H members gathered Monday evening to show off their hard work in the swine show held in the swine barn arena at the Knox County Fair.

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Chuck Martin/News Senior Goat Ambassador Erich Rhodeback enters the ring with a production meat doe. Rhodeback has been showing goats for seven years.


Goats growing on 4-H’ers

Goats have become one of the most popular 4-H livestock projects at the Knox County Fair. When all goat categories are added up, there were 260 goat entries in this year’s Junior Fair.

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Erick Starkey/News Ringmaster Ken Bonnigson looks on as Dave Freas, of Car-Bon Farms in Mount Vernon, takes his pony in reverse during the men’s pony driver class during the draft horse and pony hitch class event Monday at the Knox County Fair.


Hitch classes judged on driver and steed

The draft horse and pony hitch classes Monday were decided based upon a number of factors, including the driver and the horse, according to this year’s judge, Ken Bonnigson.

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Geoff Cowles/News Mount Vernon’s Ammon Hershberger, driving Ilikethenitelife (1) appeared to be the winner of Monday’s fourth race at the Knox County Fair, holding off Mi Amanda Juanita (4) with Ken Holliday in the sulky. After a post race inquiry, however, race officials ruled that Hershberger was in violation of the breaking rule, while leaving the gate. Holliday’s horse was placed first and Hershberger was bumped to second.


From first to second on a disputed rules violation

Monday night horse racing at the Knox County Fair provided a dozen races and plenty of thrills, whether you were there to lay down a few bets or you were just a spectator. Not even the threat of thunder showers could spoil the evening. When it was all over, Mount Vernon’s Ammon Hershberger took a perfect trip to the winner’s circle, after he had an apparent first place finish taken away from him.


Sunday July 22, 2018


Fred Main/News Knox County Junior Fair Royalty were announced Sunday during the opening day of the Knox County Fair. From left are Junior Fair King Kalvin Gallwitz, Junior Fair Queen Cassandra Vaughn and first runner-up Kara Moreland.


Gallwitz, Vaughn to serve as king, queen

Cassandra Vaughn and Kalvin Gallwitz started off their fair week strong as they were named Knox County Junior Fair Queen and King on Sunday.

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Callan Pugh/News Winners of Little Miss Knox County pose after the show at the Knox County Fair Sunday. From left, are, winner Piper Shinabery, Pleasant Elementary; first runner-up Brooklyn Fullington, East Elementary; second runner-up, Kelsey Jensen, East Knox Elementary and third runner-up; Addelyn Bailey, Columbia Elementary.
Callan Pugh/News Piper Shinabery, center, reacts as she hears her name called as Little Miss Knox County 2018. Shinabery, a student at Pleasant Street Elementary, won over the judges with her excitement for horses, math and green beans cooked “in the can.” On Shinabery's left sits second runner-up Kelsey Jensen and on her left sits third runner-up Addelyn Bailey.


Shinabery shines in Little Miss Knox County

Fair royalty was crowned once again Sunday afternoon in the 26th annual Little Miss Knox County.

Of the 10 participants, Piper Shinabery, a student at Pleasant Street Elementary School, was crowned 2018’s Little Miss Knox County. Shinabery, “seven-and-a-half,” said she didn’t do much to prepare, aside from practicing her smile. Though her shoes gave her fits to the point that she “almost died,” Shinabery kept her poise throughout the show and told the crowd about her love of math and green beans cooked “in the can.”

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Nick Sabo/News Kenlee Fairall keeps a strong grip on her market lamb, Hulk, Sunday, minutes after Hulk broke away and gave her a trampling. Like hogs, lambs have a tendency to break away while in the showman’s ring.


Hang on tight

Frisky lambs keep 4-H’ers busy

Don’t be fooled by that gentle as a lamb thing.

During the class seven round of market lamb judging Sunday, Kenlee Fairall got dragged, then stomped, by her lamb, Hulk.

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Pam Schehl/News Consulting forester Paul Helser at the entrance to the Knox County Natural Resources Center located just up the hill from the small animal farm in the Knox County Fairgrounds.


Resource area to be unveiled Friday

The Knox County Natural Resources Area will have its official debut Friday during the Knox County Fair.

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Chelsea Olms/News Hayley Burke of the Green Leaf 4-H’ers in Mount Vernon prepares to show her Market Rabbits in Sunday’s rabbit show at the Knox County Fair.


Rabbit meat quality superb at fair

The Market and Breeding Rabbit Shows on Sunday at the Knox County Fair brought rabbits, bred and raised from all over Knox County, to be judged, showed by youth in 4-H.

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Joshua Morrison/News Joe Duda, inspector with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, looks over the slide at the end of the midway at the Knox County Fair on Sunday morning. Duda has been an inspector for over 30 years with the department.


Dept. of Ag aims to keep fair rides safe

The Division of Amusement Ride Safety of the Ohio Department of Agriculture is responsible for keeping the rides safe at the Knox County Fair.

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Geoff Cowles/News Tarry Feiss, from Lawrenceburg, Indiana, driving the Fiessty Farmer, turned up the heat on the competition and won the 7,500 pound modified tractor class at Sunday’s NTPA pull at the 2018 Knox County Fair.


Tractor pull packs grandstands

The NTPA tractor pull is one of the highlight events at the Knox County Fair, filling the grandstand and bringing in fans from all over the county and beyond. Few spectacles in sports match the thrill of a 4×4 billowing black smoke or the roar of a twin engine modified tractor, as it strains to pull the sled just a few feet further.

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Geoff Cowles/News Mount Vernon’s Bill Cole gets his pony, Maggie, under control after a bad start in Sunday’s Draft Pony Pull at the Knox County Fair. Cole, with his team of Maggie and Fred, won in the 52-inch division.


Horse teams pull more than their weight

To watch draft horses and ponies pulling a sled, loaded with thousands of pounds of cinderblocks along a dirt track, is to see more than a show of brute strength. It is a display of grace, power, athleticism and intelligence, bound together with teamwork and trust.