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Canteloupe Chuckin’ debuts at fair

Article Date: 
10 August, 2012 (All day)

Many contests and challenges were held during the three days at our county fair.  The most recently added game to the fair line up was the Cantaloupe Chuckin’ event.  Inspiration came when 12-year-old Easton Turner was watching a favorite show about pumpkin chucking.  He told his mom this event needed to be part of the fair.  His mom, Kim Turner, is in charge of the activities and games at the fair and she agreed that it would be a fun addition to the fair.  Easton started making plans with his friend Talon Thorton.  They compiled their favorite designs for catapults and took their favorite parts from each to build their ideal thrower.   
Their hard work paid off because they made it to the finals with one other team comprised of Aaron Dickson, Gage Dickson, Garret Dickson, and Mathew Pace.    Both teams were able to display their contraptions at the rodeo that night.  The fair board anticipates this event to be even bigger next year as teams can anticipate the event.  
A grill, a bag of charcoal, unprepared ingredients and two hours set the stage for the BBQ cook off contest.  Forest Pearson impressed the judges with his grilled chicken with a delicious rub and his homemade barbeque sauce with secret ingredients.  The grand prize, a new barbeque grill, is the perfect place to whip up those tasty delicacies.  
Another new activity involved the whole family.  The family breakfast cook-off made preparing a meal for the morning an extravaganza.  Dan and Wanda Adams entered the contest with their four children.  “We cook a lot at home together,” Wanda said of cooking at the fair in front of an audience, “so it wasn’t that big of a change.” The Adams family used the excitement of people coming by to see what they were doing to whip up a delicious breakfast with excitement.  The Adams menu included pancakes they claim are famous at their house with homemade buttermilk syrup.  
They also served their unique blend of green chilies, eggs, sausage, peppers, spices and other ingredients cooked in their cast iron dutch oven.   The four judges scored the entries with 50 percent of the score coming from appearance and 50 percent coming from taste with family involvement also being taken into consideration.  The Adams’ children from teens to toddlers were all involved in the process from squeezing fresh orange juice to slicing ingredients.  Four-year-old Sophie helped to whip the cream.  They had a great time working together and were excited to win the grand prize an Xbox 360, a prize they look forward to using together.
Cooking isn’t the only talent the Adams family has.  They are also skilled at human battleship.  After a rousing game similar to the board game Battleship with human pieces and water, the Adams clan proved their ability to work together once more.  This time the prize was four gift certificates for Café Rio.
Under the contest tent children to adults participated in a wide array of competitions from folding paper clips to eating gummy candy quickly.  They put together puzzles and created lego masterpieces to the fair theme.  The most popular event is traditionally the pie eating contest.  Signup sheets were put out at 8 a.m. each day.  Some people camped out before the list was posted to ensure their spot in the competition.  Within minutes the popular events were filled.  Tremendous prizes such as movie gift certificates, lego kits, three wheel sliding grip scooters, and other fun prizes were given out to the best or fastest of each competition.  
The fair’s amazing race let 18 different teams compete in obstacles throughout the fair grounds.  They gobbled elephant ears, lassoed wooden calves, climbed the bounce castles, and had to find people to text a special message.  Each task they completed led them to the next challenge.  Many came away muddy and hot, but the competitors found the event a fun way to participate in the fair.  The winners of the race received a framed backpack and sleeping bag for both members of the team.  1st place winner for the parent/child race was Michael & Lily Newton.  1st place winner for the teenage race was Easton Turner and Talon Thorton.
Kelby and Amy York won the family obstacle course with their children.  Kelby first resisted participating; but by the end he dove head first down a slip ‘n slide covered in baby oil and chocolate to win it for his family.
Morgan has talented basketball players and the free throw contest had them put to the test.  Every participant received a medal.  The winners of each age division that also received a trophy were: under 8 age group was Jayson Ferrin, 9-13 age group was Matthew Pace, and 14-18 age group was Brooke Pierce.
One of the most popular activities with the youth was the kids games held for two hours on Friday and then again on Saturday.   Lowes and Home Depot each came one of the days, giving kids the chance to build a wooden project.   They each brought up 450 crafts and stamped the little hands that took them.  
They gave away every one of the projects they brought.   There were some very unique games added this year.  One even allowed the young participants to “pick” their prize from a giant crafted face.  Some of these children handled the green goo with ease as if they had been practicing for this game for a long time.