Floodwaters inundated the Arlington fair grounds in March, but thanks to the determination of the The Washington County Fair Board and hours and hours of hard work by more than 100 volunteers, the Washington County Fair was held as scheduled July 26-31.
I enjoy everything about the fair, but the most memorable event for me this year was the livestock auction. In addition to raisng more than $68,000 for kids who participated in livestock competitions, bidders and contributors also generously raised another $9,000 to help the grandson of longtime Arlington farm-family Terry and Betty Rasmussen who has leukemia.
Front to back: Gary Lambrecht and Matt Mathiesen take bids while Brody Wilkins shows his hog during the Wahington County Fair livestock auction Wednesday.
Ellie Ortmeier competes in the Beef Show competition at the Washington County Fair Monday.
Cyclists wind along County Road 15 bordered by cornfields on the annual bike ride from Bennington to the fair Sunday morning.
Sun flower entry awaits judging in the open competition Saturday.
From left, Alexis Warner, Charile Hoier, and Kate Hoefker show their division champion hogs in the Market Hog in the final Grand Champion competition. WC Fair Tuesday
Charley Hoier shows her market hog for resale as Gary Lambrecht takes bids.
Tyler Thompson shows his market steer at the WCF Livestock Auction Wednesday.
Sawyer Tjardes shows his companion gecko, Radar, at the Cat and companion animal show on Tuesday. WC Fair Tuesday
Judge Jim Gibson congratulates Laney Hoier on showing the Grand Champion Market Hog in the WC Fair Hog Show Tuesday.
4-H Competitors competitors await the judges evaluation during the Standard Hen competition Saturday.
From left Jayden Henton, Bryan Camenzind, and Walker Behnken show hogs in Round Robin competition.
Hanna Gross shows her market sheep at the WCF Livestock Auction.
Luke Mathiesen shows commercial heifer in the Beef Show Monday.
Flooded Wahington County Fair livestock buildings.
Brock Lauritsen competes in the Sammental division in the Beef Show Monday.
Tyler Farr with guitarist Gary Jannaman perform Friday night in the Washington County Fair arena Friday night.
Royce Kempnich and Hannah Opfer judge Clover Kids entries in the 4H competition Saturday.
Following the re-sale of Charley Hoier’s market hog, Jeff Warren takes donations in hundred dollar increments.
Mid-March flooding inundated the Washington County Fairgrounds.
Blair, Fort Calhoun and Arlington track teams qualified 27 athletes for State Track and Field Championship competition at Omaha Burke Stadium on Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18. Fort Calhoun runners Zack Marshall and Taya Skelton earned state track gold. Arlington freshman Kailynn Gubbels and junior Milee Young each took home two state medals.
Fort Calhoun senior Zack Marshall, left, races Norris’ Ashton Hausmann to the finish line of t
Arlington’s Kailynn Gubbels runs the 100-meter hurdles at Omaha Burke Stadium
Fort Calhoun’s Avery McKennan runs the 3,200-meter run at Omaha Burke Stadium
Taya Skelton of fort Calhoun celebrates her state title win in the 3,200-meter run Friday at Omaha Burke Stadium
Blair senior Evan Slominski competes in the pole vault at Omaha Burke Stadium
Blair senior Ethan Rowe runs the 300-meter hurdles at Omaha Burke Stadium
Blair’s Adam Brehm finishes his 200-meter dash prelim at Omaha Burke Stadium
BlairÕs Grace Galbraith competes in the pole vault
ArlingtonÕs Sam Kubat, right, runs just ahead of BlairÕs Ethan Funk.
Fort Calhoun’s Jacob, left, and Ben Haggar, right run the 400-meter dash at Omaha Burke Stadium
Arlington freshman Kailynn Gubbels, middle, runs the 300-meter hurdle prelims at Omaha Burke Stadium
Tessa, right and Taya skelton embrace after Taya won the 3,200 meter run at Omaha Burke Stadium
Fort Calhoun’s Taya Skelton gets a hug from her mother, Cindy, at Omaha Burke Stadium
Fort Calhoun seniors Taya Skelton, left, and Avery McKennan meet at the finish line of the 3200-meter run at Omaha Burke Stadium
On the first weekend of each month from May until October, visitors to Fort Atkinson Historical Park near Fort Calhoun can experience how life might have been lived at the first U.S. military post west of the Missouri River. The fort was established in 1820 and was active until 1827.
Pam Veach-Davis finger weaves a tumpline that would be attached at both ends of a back, luggage, or bedroll. Vech portrays the wife of the post trader.
Sergeant of the Guard Stephen Baker inspects rifle brigade members from left Andrew Gahagen, Liam Baker, Isac Baker, Caleb Baker and Ben Godfrey. Fort Atkinson Living History.
Re enactor John Mathrole watches as Owen Artz holds a 72 caliber flintlock pistol.
Constantine Hansen throws an Indian spear or dart using an Atlal. The atlal which is essentially a stick which is used as a lever to propel the spear. The device predates the bow and arrow.
From left, Doug Kuony portraying Indian sub-agent John Doughert and Dave Blakeslee portraying an itinerate musician perform tunes appropriate to he 1820 time period.
Rifle regiment conducts manual of arms drill on the parade ground at Fort Sunday. The manual of arms is instruction in the handling and use of weapons in formation.
During her commencement address, salutatorian Avery McKennan told her classmates, “ The real world is ahead of us, but I know that our class is full of individuals ready to pursue their own successful futures.” Congratulations to the Fort Calhoun class of 2019 and best wishes in your pursuit of success.
Shelby Alstadt and Courtney Baxter lead the procession of graduating seniors.
Hannah Conklin receives her diploma from school board president Jon Genoways.
Molly Penas, Riley Mitchell and the Concert Choir perform one last song together at Fort Calhoun graduation.
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Valedictorians from left Zoe Fickbohm, Avery McKennan, and Taya Skelton.
Principal Jerry Green greets Salutatorian Julie Klemm.
Turning tassels Caleb Steiner, Nicholas Smith, Taya Skelton, and Megan Rupp and classmates turn their tassels.
Future is bright for the Fort Calhoun Graduates of 2019.
First Friday of Lent means that crowds flock to the annual St. John the Baptist Fish Fry in Fort Calhoun. The fish fry is a premier community event that draws big crowds from across the Omaha Metro area and far beyond.
Steve Dethlefs drains a basket of hot fried fish.
B J Grove and Jenny Salsbury cook up fries and hush puppies.
Wanda Worsley and Scott Dai serve up plates of fish.
The Fish Friar Mike Conrad sells split the pot tickets.
Fish Friar Mike Conrad and Sue Hershman split tickets for the split the pot drawing.
Roxanne Wieland receives her plate of baked and fried fish.