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|BURKE COUNTY FAIR |
CELEBRATING 100 YEARS
By Jodi Benge
The county fair is fast approaching!! The board is super excited to bring everyone out to the county fairgrounds one mile north of Flaxton to the celebration of 100 years in the making!
THURSDAY, JUNE 23
Thursday, June 23, open exhibits can be entered beginning at 3:30 in the afternoon. All 4-H exhibits will be entered beginning at 5:30 p.m.
A trail ride is scheduled for entertainment at 7:00 p.m. If you are interested in the ride, contact Connie Howell at 701-240-4632.
The plan is to leave the fairgrounds at 7:00 p.m., with no real destination in mind. The riders will return to the grounds around 10:00 p.m.
FRIDAY, JUNE 24
Riders can continue with another trail ride beginning at 9:00 a.m., Friday morning.
According to Howell, the group will leave the grounds and ride to Northgate Dam for lunch, which will be provided. They will return to the fairgrounds for supper which will be included in the trail ride fees.
All exhibits will be on display in the main building. Much dedication and work has been put into these displays by 4-H members and area residents and organizations.
The board invites you to stop in and take a look at the time that has been spent on these exhibits. Don’t forget to check out the barns and see calves, goats, chickens, pigs and a few other critters who may be sharing space.
Food vendors will be on hand for great tasting burgers and much more.
Flaxton Community Club will be open for their mouth-watering hamburgers with fried onions, as well as side salads and desserts.
The Brake Check from Larson will have a large menu with great food.
The 109 Steakhouse will be available with many food items on their menu and the Go-Getters 4-H Club will be serving snack items as well.
The 109 Club will be on hand for your beverage desires in the beer garden area from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Friday evening.
At 6:00 p.m., the roar from the IMCA stock and hobby cars will entice everyone to come to the grandstand to watch fast-paced machines accelerating to the checkered flag. Come out and cheer on your favorite local racer!
Music will be provided by Musik Worx Entertainment at a street dance in downtown Flaxton, beginning at 9:00 p.m. You can dance until 12:30 a.m. while enjoying visiting friends from near and far.
Opdahl Grocery, Kjelshus Take Top Prize in Chili Cook-off
By Ginny Heth
There was a ‘hot time in the old town’ on Saturday as Westhope Community Club hosted the First Annual Chili Cook-off!
May 10th was chosen as Community Day for Westhope with city-wide rummage sales happening throughout the day as well as the annual Presbyterian Women’s fund raiser serving sloppy joes, pie and coffee. They also had basket- and purse-mania, a silent auction type activity that is fun for all. Included this year in the day’s activities was the Trini Tree Frogs Youth Group detailing the insides of cars. They had a great turn-out for their fund raiser, even having to turn away a couple of cars that arrived after their time was up. Maybe they will have to plan another day of car cleaning since people were so happy to have someone to take on that task for them!
Meanwhile, all around town people’s homes were beginning to smell a lot like a Mexican restaurant as pots of chili were started in anticipation for the Chili Cook-off. Around 3:00 p.m., the Gateway Community Room began buzzing with activity as the ten contestants brought their chili in for tasting......some contestants even brought their own Mexican ambience including table cloths, decorations (even some hung on the wall!) and music!!
Ten entirely different pots of chili were there for the tasting when it began at 4:30 p.m. coming from Westhope Farmers Union (Kevin Schroeder, cook); Westhope Fire Department (Ryan Ellsworth, cook); Double EE Service (Ben Cartwright, cook); John Gruenberg, M&D Pizza (Heather Lee, cook); Presbyterian Children (Lola & Randy Kimpland); Rachel Gruenberg; Kim & Lance Kjelshus; Opdahl’s Grocery (Barb Opdahl, cook); and Westhope Ambulance (UB & Sylvia Schlieper, cooks). There were white chilis, red chilis, and no bean chilis. Some were quite spicy and some were just flavorful, with out the bite! Many contestants included ‘add-ins’ such as sour cream, onions, chips, crackers and cheese to make their offering more enticing. Community Club provided corn bread to make sure everyone had a way to ‘cut the heat’ between bowls of chili, coffee & water with the water being the most popular thing!
In all, nearly 100 people voted and there was a tie for first place! Opdahl’s Grocery and Kim & Lance Kjelshus are the proud winners, sharing a traveling trophy for the year and prize money. Coming in a close third (only one vote separated the three chilis!) was Westhope Ambulance with UB’s Road Kill Chili, who took home a small cash prize as well.
Plans are already in the works for the 2nd Annual Westhope Community Day Chili Cook-off, so get those recipes tweeked, plan on a few decorations for your table (Opdahl’s & the Kjelshus’ both had very nicely decorated tables -- whether that had anything to do with the winning or not.....) and take a chance at bragging rights for next year!!
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