Barker earns service award

The results of months of hard work are revealed during the judging competitions at the Pratt County Fair.

Other awards including scholarships, food auctions, fair membership results and the bucket calf competition were announced during activities Thursday evening at the livestock barn.

Chief among the awards is the Steve Kraisinger/Jean Clarkson-Frisbie Service Award that honors a volunteer that has contributed to the success of the fair for many years.

This year's winner is Carter Barker. For 40 years from the mid-1950s to the early '90s Barker was involved with several committees, the fair board and many other activities.

His activities include working on a portable floor, met with county commissioners on dirt work, moving dirt for the lower arena area, grounds-bleachers-barn supply committee, moving bleachers, setting up fencing, parking committee, marking out commercial display areas, fair board member, director, bleachers and grounds, initiated antique tractor display and parade, antique tractor display committee and fair membership awards committee.

Besides the Service Award, Kraisinger is also remembered with a scholarship, as is Jean Clarkson-Frisbie. Miriam Eads and Howard Lutes also have scholarships named after them.

Earning this year's Jean Clarkson-Frisbie Scholarship was Makala Orler, a member of the Lincoln Climbers 4-H Club.

Taking home the Steve Kraisinger Scholarship was Pratt Pioneer Cambry Schrag who also earned the Miriam Eads Scholarship.

Katelyn Kumberg of the Glendale Reapers Club was also a double scholarship winner for the Howard Lutes Scholarship and the Pratt County Foundation Scholarship.

Fair Membership drive winners were also announced with Glendale Reapers taking top sales honors with 406 memberships. All totaled, Pratt County 4-H Clubs sold 1,371 memberships: Southwest-267; Pratt Pioneers-194; Lincoln Climbers 162; Richland Rustlers-109; Golden Valley-92; Preston 88.

The Glendale Reapers had the honor of presenting the President's Cookie Jar to Pratt County Fair Association Executive Board President Calvin Boyd.

Part of the awards presentation is the auction of the three winners of the 4-H Food Auction winners for frosted cake, fruit pie and specialty yeast bread.

Katie Buhler's frosted white cake with strawberries earned $425 from bidder Charles Riffey.

Katelyn Kumberg's Blue Goose Pie with blueberries got a final bid of $325 from The Peoples Bank.

Rounding out the event was Gabrielle Murray receiving $500 for her special yeast bread entry on a high bid from the Beef Barn Superintendents.

Katie Buhler was also honored for her winning entry in the Farm Bureau Citizenship poster. The Pratt Area Chamber of Commerce award for Grand Champion Booth went to Southwest 4-H Club.

Earning the Outstanding Attitude Awards were Cole Fincham and Cassie Van Slyke for their willingness to take on tasks above and beyond their other fair activities.

Part of the fair includes the Market Wheat Show with Doug Brubaker taking home top honors for the best wheat while the Cairo Co-op took the elevator award for the most placing entries.

Each year the DeWeese family gives away two calves to help promote the beef competition at the fair. The recipients this year were Erin Jackson and Garrett Novotny.

Prior to the awards ceremony, 4-H and Open Class bucket calf competition was held with Gillian Swindler taking First Blue and all other entrants in 4-H and Open Class receiving blue ribbons. The other 4-H'ers were Josiah Giles, Cole Monaghan, Maddox Riffey and Addie Hoeme.