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Working Exhibit: Local girls receive certificate of merit at State Fair

By Vinton Today · 2:22pm August 24th, 2015
Samantha Walton and Kate Hyland performed their working exhibit last Wednesday at the State Fair on Monster Bookmarks. They received a certificate of merit. They were able to watch many other working exhibits as well as give feedback on them before and after they performed their own.

Kupka wins State Fair chicken wings competition

By Vinton Today · 11:34am August 24th, 2015
Carrie Kupka of Walford won first place and a $75 cash award in the Goldie's Chicken Lickin' Wings competition, judged Saturday at the 2015 Iowa State Fair. Susan Hanke of Clive earned second place and $50. Contestants were challenged to create award worthy chicken wings. Entries were judged on creativity, flavor and appearance.

Jim Kelly's Rosemary earns State Fair Herb contest ribbon

By Vinton Today · 10:45am August 24th, 2015
Top herb growers competed in the Herb's Herbs and Culinary Herbs divisions of the Vegetable Crops competition judged Tuesday at the 2015 Iowa State Fair. Charles Cretors of Urbandale won Best Herb and Best Overall Herb. Additional results below: CULINARY HERBS Thyme 1) Daniel Cretors, Urbandale 2) Robert Morris, Des Moines HERB'S HERBS Basil 1) Charles Cretors, Urbandale 2) Daniel Cretors, Urbandale 3) Michelle Burgmeier, Lockridge 4) Patricia Peters, Pleasant Hill Dill 1) Eileen D...

New Year, new teacher for VS FFA

By Jessica Alderson, FFA Co-Reporter · 10:44am August 24th, 2015
With the new school year beginning, many people are getting excited; it’s time for new experiences, new friends, and a new agriculture teacher! Mrs. Heeren, a previous agriculture teacher at Gladbrook Reinbeck, applied for the position when Mrs. Fleming, the agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor at Vinton-Shellsburg for five years, took a different position in the school district.

Kupka takes third in State Fair Hog and Corn Heaven cooking event

By Vinton Today · 12:50pm August 21st, 2015
Phil Dicks of Grundy Center won first place and a $300 cash award in the Des Moines Register's Hog and Corn Heaven competition, judged Wednesday at the 2015 Iowa State Fair. Bridget Lottman of Norwalk earned second place and $200. Carrie Kupka of Walford claimed third place and $100. Contestants were challenged to create an award winning dish that includes both pork and corn.

Area residents do well at State Fair Youth Dairy Cattle Show

By Vinton Today · 12:50pm August 21st, 2015
Young competitors from across Iowa earned breed championships in the Youth Dairy Cattle Show judged Tuesday at the 2015 Iowa State Fair. Breed division winners in the Youth Dairy Cattle Show included: AYRSHIRE Junior Champion: Cody Zidlicky, Decorah Junior Reserve Champion: Levi Banowetz, Charlotte Senior Champion: Ashley Bushman, Calmar Senior Reserve Champion: Cole Kruse, Dyersville Grand Champion: Ashley Bushman, Calmar Reserve Grand Champion: Cole Kruse, Dyersville BROWN SWISS Junior Champion: Mitchel...

Wes Lyons named to Drake President's List

By Vinton Today · 9:24am August 20th, 2015
Wesley Lyons of Vinton is among students who were named to the President's List at Drake University. This academic honor is achieved by earning a straight-A GPA of 4.0 for the Spring 2015 semester. Drake University is a midsize, private university in Des Moines, Iowa, enrolling more than 3,300 undergraduate and 1,700 graduate students from 40 states and approximately 40 countries.

Shelby Karr wins Grand Champion honor at State Far Market Lamb Show

By Vinton Today · 6:00pm August 19th, 2015
Shelby Karr of Newhall won Grand Champion Market Lamb honors in the 4-H Market Lamb Show judged Monday at the 2015 Iowa State Fair. Brooke Kuesel of Victor exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb. Kylie Silliman of Fremont claimed third place, Karlyn Snider of Rhodes claimed fourth place and Brooke Snider of Rhodes received the fifth place Market Lamb title.

Grovert Twins win State Fair 'Look Alike' contest again

By Dean Close · 11:36pm August 17th, 2015
Since they were just five months old, Jenna and Nora Grovert have been turning heads and winning contests as identical twins. The daughters of Paul and Janet Grovert made their first appearance at the Iowa State Fair in 2010. They have returned each year since and have four times earned the first place "Most Alike" ribbon for their age group.

Richard Siek family earns many ribbons in State Fair Feeder Calf Show

By Vinton Today · 11:12am August 17th, 2015
Cattle farms from across the Midwest were recognized for their top quality cattle in the Beef Feeder Calf show judged Saturday at the 2015 Iowa State Fair. The Richard Siek family of rural Blairstown earned many ribbons. Christo Cattle of Albion, Neb., took top honors, winning Grand Champion Market Animal and Grand Champion Market Heifer titles.

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