The Bacon Buddies arrived at the Benton County Fair on Friday bringing participants from the area. Bacon Buddies was actually first held at the Iowa State Fair. Local students Clayton and Will McKenna applied to be Mentors for the program last year and were among several hundred that had applied. Seeing that this was a great idea, their mom Nichole took the idea and ran with it bringing it to the Benton County Fair for the fist time this year.
All of the details about the meal program can be seen here.
June 24, 2022The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in special session with Supervisors Seeman and Bierschenk present. The meeting was called to order at 2:35 p.m. at the Benton County Auditor’s office. Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously. Summarized Resolutions will be available in the Auditor’s office and at: www.
In June, various FFA members shined in various Career Development Events. On Tuesday, June 14th, 7 members traveled to Kirkwood Community College for Livestock Judging and Floriculture. Results are as followed:District Livestock Judging (Clayton McKenna, Kail Evans, Andrew Pingenot) - Team 6th, Clayton 5th IndividualState Floriculture (Paul Herger, Rachel Rollinger, Izzie Birker, Megan Schlitter) - Team SilverOn Thursday, June 16th, 7 members were hosted by Iowa State for Food Science and Ag Mechanics.
By: Co-Reporter, Alana FlemingOn Friday, June 10, 2022-2023 Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter Officers, Paul Herger, Kail Evans, Alana Fleming, Grace Shminke, Andrew, Pingenot, and Austin Noe attended the annual COLT (Chapter Officer Leadership Training) Conference held at Hawkeye Community College. While they were there they bumped into a few recognizable Northeast District Officers: Annabelle Newton and Josh Wiley, who were leading different sessions at the conference.
Member of the Month - Autumn McGowanAs a Junior, Autumn has had three great years in the program. This year, she did an awesome job in the Parliamentary Procedure LDE and running the Personal Growth Committee. Autumn is easily recognizable in the chapter, and is known for her frequent National Anthem performances. Her SAE project records her financial entries while working in the food service industry.
After all of the votes were counted in the Primary Election on June 7, Colman Silbernagel won the election on the Republican ticket in District 42 by only two votes beating out Charlie McClintock. As expected, McClintock requested a recount of all the ballots. Recounts were held in both Linn and Benton County which the district covers.Upon recounting the ballots, McClintock gained three votes in each of Benton and Linn County putting him ahead by four votes.
For those who may be enjoying the activities on the race track during the fair, you might enjoy this view from the sky courtesy of Jason Hicok of Eastern Iowa Drone Services. Apparently, there were issues with one of the cars in the video clip that is 2:02 minutes long...you can see the action at about the 1:30 mark. Here is a link to the videos captured by Hicok.
The Cinch High School National Finals Rodeo has placed Bailey Weeks, a senior at Vinton-Shellsburg High School on the Iowa National High School Rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Gillette, Wyoming, July 17-23 to compete at the 74th Annual National High School Finals Rodeo in the girls cutting and goat tying competitions.Featuring more than 1,650 contestants from 44 states, five Canadian Provinces, Austrailia, Mexico and New Zealand, the NHSFR is the world's largest rodeo.
Annabelle Newton, the daughter of Chad and Kim Newton has been crowned the Benton County Fair Queen for 2022. Newton also has a younger sister Sophia at home. The family live outside of Vinton on a family farm. A junior at Vinton-Shellsburg High School, she hopes to study business or physical therapy following graduation. She has been part of the Jackson Better Farmers 4-H Club for 8 years, and has exhibited swine, rabbit, and static projects during her time in the club.