Saturday news, July 28
Temperature Drops...Attendance Rises
(Le Mars) -- The drop in temperature meant an increase in attendance for the third day of the Plymouth County Fair. Fair officials report Friday's attendance was listed as 19,750 or about 500 more people than Friday's attendance of 2011. So far for the week, the Plymouth County Fair's attendance is ahead of last year's numbers by 1,450 people. The total attendance for this year's fair is listed at 52,150.
Fourth Day Fair Schedule
(Le Mars) -- Today at the fair, the 4-H and FFA swine show starts at 8:30 a.m. At 9:00 is the Open Draft and Mule Show at the Horse Arena. The 4-H and FFA Poultry show begins at 9:00 a.m. at the north arena. It's kids day at the Century Hall starting at 10:30 a.m. The Life Skills Quilt Auction will get under
way at 2:00 p.m.
Dreckman Creates Another Auction Quilt
(Le Mars) -- Geri Dreckman has been doing this so long she doesn't even remember how many years she's made a quilt to donate to the fair. This being either her 10th or 11th year, Gerri explains what the 2012 Quilt looks like.
The quilt uses every color of the rainbow and the triangles she talked about have a ton of detail. The flowers around the border are connected by running green vines, and the edges of the quilt are rounded.
Geri put 270 hours into this years quilt, and Mary Roder finished the quilt by using her long-arm quilting machine to put together the top, batting and backing.
This labor of love is something that Geri does simply to give back to the fair.
Her quilting career began 15 years ago, and in the beginning she made a bunch of quilts as Christmas presents. Geri said after that she wanted to keep quilting, made another masterpiece and since she didn't know what to do with it, donated it to the fair.
Geri Dreckman says her quilts bring a couple thousand dollars on average at the Fair Auction, but she is most proud of one she did a two years ago.
The Plymouth County Fair Board puts the money toward improvement projects around the fair.
The Fair Auction is Sunday at 4:30 in Pioneer Village. Geri says her quilt is usually the 4th or 5th item.
Liquid Blue Highlights Pioneer Village Entertainment On Saturday
With a resume including concerts in 100 different countries and opening for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, "Liquid Blue" comes to Le Mars, Iowa for the Plymouth County Fair. Brad Harvey, Fair Entertainment chair tells us about the group.
That not-from-around-here look includes bright clothes, hair and a cover band style you may have never seen before. Liquid Blue's performances are at 5, 7:15 and 9:30pm with hypnotist Travis McGill sprinkled in between at 6 and 8:15.
Harvey says that Sunday's Fair entertainment beings us a little close to home.
"The Browns" play at 3:30 and 7pm. Also at Pioneer Village on Sunday is the Fair Auction at 4:30 including the selling of the Chainsaw Creations. At 6pm "Locked and Loaded," a country rock band out of Sioux City, will take the stage.
King To Visit Plymouth County Fair
(Washington) -- Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King has announced he will attend the Plymouth County Fair on Saturday. King is scheduled to be on the grounds between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Woodbury County Issues Burn Ban
(Sioux City) -- Woodbury County has joined the ranks of several other counties, including Plymouth County, by issuing a burn ban. The burn ban takes effect this morning as of 8:00 a.m. More than two-thirds of Iowa counties have issued a burn ban due to the extreme drought conditions.
Le Mars United Way Campaign Starts With Golf Tournament
(Le Mars) -- Le Mars United Way is ready for the ninth annual golf tournament that will kick off the 2012-2013 campaign. The golf tournament, scheduled for August 30th, will also determine the new home for the next 12 months of LUW, the traveling trophy. LUW which is short for the Le Mars United Way is a bronze painted lawn ornament of a golfer about 18 inches tall and weighs about 30 pounds. Tradition dictates the winning foursome take LUW on their travels and photograph his adventures over the following 12 months. Last year's winning team of Michael Murphy, Al Wendt, Mike Daggett and Mike Thompson. The golf tournament is scheduled for Thursday, August 30th with a noon start. It will be held at the Willow Creek Golf Course at Le Mars.
Inwood Swimmer Dies
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - An 11-year-old girl pulled from a swimming pool in Rock Rapids on Wednesday has died.
Lyon County Sheriff Blythe Bloemendaal says Kaitlyn Heyden of rural Inwood was found at the bottom of a pool during Family Fun Night. She was taken to a Sioux Falls hospital.
Bloemendaal says officials are trying to determine what role a pre-existing heart condition may have played in the girls' death.
An autopsy is planned.
Jewell Human Remains Identified
JEWELL, Iowa (AP) - Authorities have identified the remains pulled from a central Iowa lake as a Jewell man reported missing in 2007.
KCCI-TV reports the man is identified as 66-year-old Virgil Wilcox.
The Iowa medical examiner's office says Wilcox's death has been ruled a suicide with the cause of death listed as drowning.
The Hamilton County Sheriff's office says Wilcox was reported missing from Jewell in November 2007.
A vehicle was pulled from Little Wall Lake on Thursday night after people fishing at the lake earlier in the day found human remains.
The lake is south of Jewell, about 55 miles north of Des Moines.