by Eric Stearley
It was better late than never for Ryan Driscoll as he won Grand Champion Crossbred Classic Boar on Aug. 17, the final day of the 2014 Indiana State Fair.
I knew he was pretty good, but not that good,” Driscoll said about his six-month-old prizewinning boar. His pedigree was pretty nice, and his bone size for being how young he is.”
The 15-year-old said he’s been showing pigs for as long as he can remember. Son of Matt and Angie Driscoll, Ryan is the youngest of four children.
In addition to first and second place barrow, Ryan showed the Reserve Grand Champion Gilt at this year’s county fair. He’s seen success at the state fair in past years, picking up first places each of the last three years and showing the Division 2 Champion Crossbred Guilt in 2012. This year’s state fair, however, was his first time showing boars.
“The State Fair is the best show I’ve ever shown at easily,” said Driscoll, “and yes, it’s intimidating, because you’re going up against the best of the best.”
Driscoll’s Grand Champion sold to Crossroads Genetics, a boar stud. With a change of name by the new owners, he is now known as Young Gun, but when he won it all at the State Fair, he was Johnny Legend, a name Ryan came up with.
by Gary Andrews
The Manchester football team remembered their opener at Mississinewa last season and had one thing on their mind Friday night, and they got what they were looking for, payback !
The Squires got three touchdowns from Jacob Casper and one from Bailey Ness to top the Indians 27-13.
Casper got his first touchdown with 2:02 left in the first quarter after he ran a kick off back 82 yards for the score. After a Zach Hill kick, the game was tied at 7. The Indians led 13-7 in the second when Casper scored again. The Zach Hill kick was good and the Squires led 14-13 at the half.
With 11:51 left in the third quarter, the Squires would grab their first lead of the game when Bailey Ness scored on a 28-yard pass from Lucas Schilling to put Manchester up 20-13.
With the Squire defense dominating, Casper would put the nail in the coffin with 8:20 left in the game to grab a 27-12 lead, which Manchester would hold for their opening night win.
Lucas Scilling was 12 of 18 for 102 yards and 1 touchdown. Jacob Casper carried the ball 14 times for 94 yards and scored three touchdowns. Lucas Schilling rushed 5 times for 37 yards. Evan Milam rushed 2 times for 7 yards. Bailey Ness caught 5 passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. Keelan Norwood caught 5 passes for 23 yards. Daniel Griese added 2 catches for 12 yards. Evan Milam had 2 catches for 7 yards.
by Gary Andrews
It took two quarters for the Southwood offense to find their rhythm Friday at Southern Wells, but with the defense controlling the game the offense found that rhythm in the third to explode for 19 points on their way to a 26-7 win.
The Knights got two rushing touchdowns from Nathan Hollars and a receiving touchdown from Zach Ball. Southwood also got a defensive touchdown on a fumble recovery from Blake Martz.
Passing: Hollars 4/14 for 41yds.
Rushing: Hollars 16/67, 2 TD’s; Berlier 17/73; Weiss 2/34; Kirk 1/7.
Receiving: Finicle 1/0; Kirk 2/28; Ball 1/13.
The Knights had 263 offensive yards.
Tristyn Howell led the defense with 13 tackles. Nick Rebholz and Luke Perlich added 12 tackles each. Noah Kirk and Kale Weiss had 8 tackles each.
Evan Kirkover had 1 sack. Blake Martz and Jeremy Keller each had a fumble recovery. Noah Kirk and Tristyn Howell each caused a fumble.
The Urbana Lions Club is holding their third annual Golf Scramble on Sept. 21 at Waldo's Golf Course in memory of three Lions Club members who died this past year, Dallas Baer who loved playing golf, Jim Wilson, who supported Lions activities whenever possible, and life member Bob Frieden.
The first 48 players to sign up will receive a sleeve of golf balls from the Urbana Lions Club and a Colts golf towel and Colts visor from Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance - Ron Baer. Proceeds this year will help fund the Vanessa Baer and the Wilbur Dawes Scholarships for Northfield students. Proceeds will also help with other Lions projects, such as dictionaries for 3rd grade Metro North students, free eye screening for preschool children in Wabash County, help with upkeep and improvements to the Urbana ball field and the Urbana Community Building for use by individuals and groups in the Urbana community and in Wabash County, ECHO car racing for youth, help for blind and visually impaired, help in providing eyeglasses and hearing aids, supporting the Cancer control facility at the IU Medical Center, and diabetes and law camp for students.
by Aaron Johnson
The Wabash County 4-H Fair is an event that many people in the county look forward to every year, and this year there are some special events added to the schedule. Each of the main events listed here begin at 7 p.m.
On Monday, July 7, the fair will end its opening night with a mud bogging event. mud bogging is a race through a mud pit whose victor is determined by the furthest distance travelled through the pit. Should more than one competitor cross the pit, the winner is determined by the fastest time to cross the finish line. For the 4-H fair, there will be multiple classes in which riders may compete and these classes are separated by weight of the vehicles. The classes will be divided into heats and the winner of each heat will move into the final round of that class. The victor of the final round will be crowned as winner of the class.
Tuesday, July 8, will feature a Tractor Pull, in which competitors will pull sledges across the arena. These tractor pull events will also be divided into classes and each tractor will pull the sledge as far as it can. The driver that pulls the sledge the furthest wins that class.
On Wednesday, July 9, another new event will come to Wabash: the autocross. This autocross will include all vehicles such as pickup trucks, vans, and derby cars. There is a mini-size class and a full-size class for the vehicles involved in this event. The Fair Association Council and the 4-H Fair Board will prepare an obstacle course with rolling hills through which the competitors will drive. There is a heat lap for each of the classes, and the top three from each heat lap go to the final for a 20-lap race.
Wild Hog Mud Wrestling will occur on Thursday, July 10, which is another new addition to the fair this year. Participants can sign up for one of 12 classes that are divided by age and gender. They are ages 8-11, 12-15, 16-18, and 19 and older. In each age class there are divisions for team members to be all male, all female, or mixed. The entry cost is $40 per team and registration is open until Wednesday, July 9. Admission to the event is $5, and kids five years and younger get in free. Competitors will have to attempt to catch and place the hog on a barrel with bare hands in one minute or less. The winning team will be determined by the time that they took to place hog onto the barrel. Mary Hollingshead, the organizer of the new events, took pride in the Hog Wrestling event as she thought it would be a great addition to the fair.
“A lot of the surrounding counties have had success with it and it seems to be a popular thing,” Hollingshead said. “So we wanted to try something different and we’ve had several teams already enter. I believe for the first year it will do alright.”
The arena will be empty on Friday, July 11, but the rest of the fair will be open for pedestrians to enjoy. There is a free stage open to bands that want to come in to play at the fair in the evening.
On Saturday, July 12, the final day of the fair, there will be a Demolition Derby. This event is also split up into several different classes depending on the type of vehicle. Mini, full-size, truck, and powder-puff are the divisions for this event. The Derby will entail drivers ramming the vehicles into each other and the winner will be the driver of the last vehicle that is still operational.
After the Demolition Derby, the rides at the fair will still be open to anyone who wants to ride. The rides will stay open until 12:30 a.m. and anyone that bought a wristband will be able to continue riding after the derby ends. Wristbands will be sold for $12 on Saturday and are good for all days and all rides.
A special event series for the kids of Wabash County is being held during the week of the fair. It is the Power Wheels competitions. The first of these events will be a Power Wheels Bogging on Monday before the adult mud bogging. The kids will ride their Power Wheels through the mud pit and the one that gets the furthest wins.
The second of the series is the Power Wheels Race. This will occur Wednesday before the autocross. The kids will ride in their Power Wheels and compete in a race through an obstacle course similar to the autocross. The course will be abbreviated and modified to accommodate the smaller vehicles.
The final event of the Power Wheels is the Mini-Demolition Derby. This is set to start on Saturday before the adult Demolition Derby. The kids will ride in their Power Wheels and ram into each other just like the full-sized Derby.
Hollingshead, who spent an extensive amount of time working to prepare the fair for pedestrians to enjoy, thought that this tradition was something that everyone should enjoy.
“I think everyone young and old look forward to their county fair,” Hollingshead said. “You look forward to the amusement rides, the entertainment, the animals, seeing your neighbors at the fair, and of course the food. It’s just a memory that people like to have in the summer.”
Hollingshead worked alongside the Fair Association Council and the 4-H Fair Board to prepare for this week of entertainment and she gives a lot of credit to them.
“They have people that come in here months and months before the fair even kicks in,” Hollingshead said. “They work very hard to get the fair to where it is at so people can enjoy it throughout the first week of July. It means a lot to them since they volunteer their time to go out there and work for four or five months beforehand just to get this ready for everybody.”