Fair Program at Rotary Wednesday

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Published on July 11 2012 3:24 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

A fair program was delivered at the July 11 meeting of the Effingham Noon Rotary Club.

County fair, that is.

Effingham County Fair Board President Phil Hartke was the guest of his son, Rotary Weekly Program Chair Rich Hartke, to speak about this year's fair, set for August 3-11 at the County Fairgrounds at Altamont.

(ROTARY WEEKLY PROGRAM CHAIRMAN RICH HARTKE AND HIS FATHER, EFFINGHAM COUNTY FAIR BOARD PRESIDENT PHIL HARTKE, FLANK A BANNER REMINDING OF THE DATES FOR THIS YEAR'S FAIR)

Phil Hartke reminded Rotarians that the Effingham County Fair pays out $190,000 in premiums, the second highest total of any fair in Illinois.  He also noted the modern Food Court and paved roadways and the fact that dozens of fully equipped campsites are available on the grounds for year-round use.

Here's a quick rundown on scheduled evening attractions at this year's fair: Friday, August 3--the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Pull at 6:30pm...Saturday, August 4--the Junior Miss Effingham County Pageant at 5:30pm and music from Travis Birch at 8pm...Sunday, August 5--the twilight parade at 5pm and the Effingham County Fair Talent Show at 7pm...Monday, August 6--the Hastings Filters Truck, Tractor and Garden Tractor Pull at 6:30pm...Tuesday, August 7--the Miss Effingham County Fair Queen Pageant and Little Miss Pageant at 7pm...Wednesday, August 8--the 4-H Auction at 5:30pm and the Hastings Filters Truck, Tractor and Semi-Pro Stock and Antique Pull at 7pm...Thursday, August 9--the Rough Stock Rodeo at 7:30pm...Friday, August 10--music from Matt Poss at 6:45pm and from country singing star Jerrod Niemann at 8pm...Saturday, August 11--Demolition Derby at 6:30pm.

There will be 4-H and open judging as well as harness and running races all week.

Current Effingham County Fair Queen Melissa Mellendorf was also present for the program and spoke to her duties and experiences as queen.

(MISS EFFINGHAM COUNTY FAIR QUEEN MELISSA MELLENDORF)

The program was also new Noon Club President Rosie Gibbons' opportunity to share her goals for the coming Rotary year.  The new president also presented her son Joe his Paul Harris Fellowship for contributions totaling $1,000 on Joe's behalf to the Rotary Foundation. 

(JOE GIBBONS GIVES HIS MOM, ROTARY NOON CLUB PRESIDENT ROSIE GIBBONS A HUG AFTER RECEIVING HIS PAUL HARRIS FELLOWSHIP)

Joe Gibbons is a past Rotary Outbound Exchange Student to Finland.