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A grand champion fair experience

by Brandy VanDeWalle 

As I write this, the Clay County Fair is in full-swing and the Fillmore County Fair is about to begin, so this article highlights some interesting findings about what youth enjoy the most during a county fair experience.

Every county fair provides 4-H youth across the state with an opportunity to showcase the project work that they have completed throughout the year and to receive recognition for their efforts.

Model rockets that have been assembled from basic materials, cookies that will make your mouth water, sheep that are sheared for the big show, and many other exhibits can most likely be seen at your local county fair.

 

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Wed
12
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Head, Heart, Hands & Health...the 4-H way

by Tory Duncan 

To whom it may concern: After nine years of covering the Clay County Fair, it remains one of my most favorite events each year! End of statement!

In all seriousness, what other event, as I have clearly shared over these past eight full years, do you bring the entire county together as one, with one common theme?

As the 4-H Pledge reads: “I pledge my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world.”

 

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Wed
05
Jul
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Capturing moments through the lens

By Tory Duncan

I have always enjoyed the means of capturing life’s moments with a camera. Sometimes I get just that moment, other times, especially in the case of sports or action photography, a millisecond can make or break a photo.

I guess it is safe to say that photography is both a hobby and a career of sorts for me.

With the upcoming Clay County Fair this week, as well as the Area-5 Junior Legion District baseball tournament, there will be many moments presented to me to hopefully capture that moment to share with our readers.

Over the past several weeks, one of the leading photographers in the world has been capturing moments in the life of a family with many local ties. Bill Frakes, a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, caught on to a once in a lifetime story about Lucille Kester, the mother of Sutton educator Jennifer Johnson, and grandmother to Rachel Roemmich.

 

Wed
05
Jul
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Keeping a creative mind

By Ashley Swanson

For some people, doing crafts is a way to calm down, relax and have fun. The other night, I got this grand idea to make curtains for my office, and let me tell you how that turned out. Some nice white, grey, and yellow stripped fabric was chosen, and I picked up some needles and thread, mostly because I wasn’t sure where mine were at home.

Well, long story short, it took me 45 minutes to make one set, and I’m talking about a small set of curtains. I ended up making the opening for the curtain rod much too small, and then I didn’t make the fabric even on the front and back....it’s been a while since I’ve sewn anything.

 

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Wed
28
Jun
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Soaking in festival season in Clay Co.

By Tory Duncan

Idon’t know for sure, but after this past weekend’s Dugout Days and EdgarFest celebrations, I’m not sure if it could get much better regarding the weather, or the slate of activities in both communities, but I do know this...It’s the traditional kick-off, if you will, for the summer activity and celebration season.

Sutton’s two and a half day run, along with Edgar’s day long slate of fun in the sun on Saturday, really started the community celebration season with a bang. Edgar’s fireworks display capped a full day of events that brought great fun for all, while Sutton’s main day of action, Saturday, was capped off with perhaps the biggest and best parade of the nine years I’ve lived in Clay County.

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Wed
28
Jun
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Busy weekened means fun for all

By Ashley Swanson

Busy doesn’t even begin to describe this past weekend, but it sure was fun. With Dugout Days and EdgarFest filling up the weekend, there was no reason for anyone to be bored.

Dugout Days festivities started Thursday evening with the Chloe Burns Benefit. Friday kicked-off with the swimming activities, followed by the annual fishing contest.

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Wed
21
Jun
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Wedding adventures in southern Nebraska

By:Ashley Swanson

This past weekend, it seemed like a lot was going on. There were weddings in town, birthday parties, and, of course, garage sales up the ying-yang.

However, on Saturday, my cousin, Hannah, and I went out of county for a different wedding near Lawrence.

 

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Wed
21
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Learning from the passion of giving

By: Tory Duncan

Monday afternoon, something just truly clicked with in my mind, my heart and my soul!

I had the luxury of going out to watch, observe and soak in some great people giving back to perhaps some of the most amazing people that reside at the Sutton Community Home.

 

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Wed
14
Jun
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Sandhills retreat is always welcome

By Tory Duncan

Nebraska’s Sandhills region has always been an ultimate favorite of mine since I was a youngster, so many years ago that I refuse to count.

This past week I had the luxury of “getting lost” in the hills for a few days.

In all, during my four day tour of Western Nebraska, I passed through some 50 towns of all sizes, from Mason City, Berwyn, Dunning to Mullen. From Hyannis to Arthur, Keystone to Roscoe and Ogallala. From Paxton to Sutherland and Wallace, along with Hayes Center to Culbertson, McCook and Indianola, Atlanta and Funk, you name it. My almost 1,000-mile trip over the last four days of the week, was truly a getway, along the untraveled roads of the Nebraska Sandhills and Southwest Nebraska.

Wed
14
Jun
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Letting the paint wars commence

By Ashley Swanson

Have you ever had a paint war? If you haven’t, then it’s probably something you should add to the list of awesome things to do in your lifetime. If you have, then you already know about the awesomeness I’m talking about.

A paint war is exactly how it sounds—you have a war, but with paint. Jenna had never experienced a paint war, so we traveled the whole six blocks to DG and picked up 12 tiny things of paint. We had every color from red to purple, and sparkly blue and green.

Paint can be difficult to pick up, so you have to choose a good designated war zone. We chose out in the country on a gravel road, which didn’t affect any lawn, plant or crop...or sidewalk, for that matter.

 

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