This year the Clark County Fairgrounds were filled with 319 Campers. On Friday afternoon, a camper drawing was held for a set of cornhole & bean bag toss boards and the winner was Darrin & Odessa Howell.
On Wednesday morning, Becki Krueger visited with kids at the Sever Library’s Story time. She read ‘The story of a mule’ by Jake Johnson, and Mule Festival coloring books were given out for craft time.
Then on Wednesday afternoon, 3 wagons and teams went to the Clark County Nursing Home to visit with the residents and offer wagon rides to those who wished to take part. The wagons belonged to Richard and Janet Strader, Harold and Pat Brown, and Skeet and Cheryl Shipley.
On Thursday, over 90 students from the local Head Start and Pre-K classes came out to the fairgrounds to visit, have a wagon ride, and were provided snacks and a coloring book. There were eight wagons and teams of mules to help give the kids a ride around the grounds. The area elementary schools participated in a mule coloring page contest again this year, which were put on display for the weekend; Madison Buschling in Mrs. Scott’s class at Black Hawk Elementary School won the coloring contest.
Then on Thursday evening was the judging for the annual chili and stew camper cook-off. Judging started at 6:30 and there were three judges for chili and three for stew. This year the stew winner was Vernon Hopp and the chili winner was David Birky.
Elenor Denning, age 107, from Iowa was the oldest person in attendance this year at the festival. On Friday, kids games were held in front of the grandstand. The kids enjoyed playing such games as pole bending, wagon flags, people flags , and a few more. The annual fish fry was held Friday evening in the 4-H pavilion, as well.
Saturday morning started with 35 riders and 1 wagon participating in the trail ride. The mule shows started at 10:00 a.m. with the Clark County Marching Band performing, as well as playing the National Anthem. The Grand Entry followed the band with a presentation of flags, many mules, and wagons.
Madelyn Johnson, 2016 Old Settler’s Princess, on Saturday presented trophies, ribbons & prizes during the mule show.
New this year before the rodeo, Jennifer Dawson presented a cowgirl mounted shooting demonstration, where she rode her mule through a course of balloons.
Following Dawson’s demonstration was a presentation of flags and the singing of the National Anthem.
Carrying the flags this year were - American Flag- 2017 Mule Festival Queen Dana Schoemann; Missouri Flag- Abby Morris; Mule Festival Flag- 2017 Mule Festival King Troy DeJong; Illinois Flag- Janet Strader; Iowa Flag- Pat Coulter.
The VFW Post 4342 Ladies Auxiliary, of Kahoka, MO, held a commemorative balloon release for the MIA’s, POW’s and active people serving in the armed services.
The grandstands and bleachers were standing room only on a beautiful September evening for the rodeo. Following the rodeo new this year the band “Dark Horse” performed for those in attendance.
Sunday morning began with a trail ride with 9 riders and 1 wagon heading out. Church services were held in the grandstand provided by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys.
Mikayla Plenge, 2016 Old Settler’s Queen, presented trophies, ribbons & prizes during the mule show.
The big winners of the weekend was Rosalie Clift of Kahoka who won the Painted Desert queen size quilt. The winner of the $1,000.00 drawing was Jed Soper of Alexandria, Mo.
2017 Clark County Mule Festival Events Results
FRIDAY EVENT RESULTS
Steer Daubing -
1st - Wayne Matheas; 2nd - Troy Dejong ; 3rd - Christy Blind
Breakaway roping -
1st - Rusty Blind; 2nd - Wayne Matheas; 3rd - Chelsea Stice
Goat Sticker Dash -
1st - Cody Blind; 2nd - Chloe Berry; 3rd - Hutson Melton
Girls Goat tying 16 and under -
1st - Erin Bash; 2nd - Elizabeth Vanduerzen
Girls Goat tying 17 and over -
1st - Chelsea Stice; 2nd - Christy Blind; 3rd - Anna Hartzler
Steer Doctoring -
1st - Todd Dejong, Elizabeth McFarland, Troy Dejong; 2nd - Chelsea Stice, Mike Wright, Dewayne Cason; 3rd - Bill Lipper, Jason Loeffler, Rusty Blind
Full arena Donkey sort -
1st - Todd Dejong, Troy Dejong, Cliff Dejong; 2nd - Cody Weaver, Rusty and Christy Blind; 3rd - Jeff Wilson, Ashley Wilson, Randy Sallsberry
Team Roping -
1st - Mike Wright and Kc Chockley
3 Head sort-n-pen -
1st - Craig Church, Jim Bash, Jamie Bash; 2nd - Dewane Cason, Amanda Alexander, Mick Lunt; 3rd - Heather Hatton, Christina Loeffler, Christy Blind
SATURDAY EVENT RESULTS
Dana Schoenmann, Keystone, IA;
Troy DeJong, Bussey, IA
Team Hitch & Unhitch:
1st- Jim Bash, Kahoka, MO; 2nd- Geoff Wilson, Ottumwa, IA; 3rd- Tony Garrett, Floris, IA
Musical Carpets Kids 16 & Under:
1st- Connor Golsten, Morviaia, IL #585; 2nd- Delaney Seeck, Keystone, IA #563; 3rd- Emma Smith, Donnellson, IA #569
Musical Carpets- Adults:
1st- Christy Blind, Birmingham, IA #505; 2nd- Wes Roland, Unionville, Mo #521; 3rd- John Kleinert, Revere, MO #527
Musical Carpets- Pee-Wee:
1st- Cody Blind, Birmingham, IA #503; 2nd- Ethan Loeffler, Brighton, IA #537; 3rd- Tyler Lipper, Agency, IA #501
Egg & Spoon- Adult Women’s:
1st- Dana Schoenmann, Keystone, IA #533; 2nd- Kari Fedderson, Wayland IA #616; 3rd- Christy Blind, Birmingham, IA #505
Precision Team Pull -
1st- Tony Garrett, Floris, IA , 210 points; 2nd- Will Wintermeyer, Mt. Pleasant, IA, 135 points; 3rd- ( Three- way tie) - 130 points - Jim Bash, Kahoka, MO; Geoff Wilson, Ottumwa, IA; Craig Church, Revere, MO
1st- Tony Garrett, Floris, IA; 2nd- Jim Bash, Kahoka, MO; 3rd- Mark Taylor, Unionville, IA; 4th- Ree Van Roeken, Montezuma, IA; 5th- Benji Domner, Marivia, IA;
Adult Men Egg & Spoon:
1st- Troy DeJong, Bussey, IA; 2nd- Pat Coulter, Donnellson, IA
1st- Aiden Golston, Marivia, IA; 2nd- Liberty Henderson, West Point, IA; 3rd- Michael Henderson, West Point, IA
1st- Dillon Garrett, Floris, IA; 2nd- Ariel Rose, Keokuk,IA; 3rd- Wes Roland, Unionville, IA
Pantyhose Race- Kids:
1st- Erin Bash/Connor Golsten, Kahoka, MO & Marivia, IA; 2nd- Lily Teeter/ Carly Church, Alexandra, MO & Revere, MO ; 3rd- Cody Blind/ Makenzee Yoder, Birmingham, IA & Brookfield, MO
1st- Jim & Jamie Bash, Kahoka, MO; 2nd- Rusty & Christy Blind, Birmingham, IA; 3rd- Mick Lunt/ DeWayne Cason, Drakesville, IA
Team Egg & Spoon:
1st- Chad Brotherton, Donnellson, IA; 2nd- Richard Strader, Marietta, IL; 3rd- Benji Dommer, Marivia, IA
Mule Jumps 56 inches & under:
1st- Richard Long, Drakesville, IA; 2nd- Carson Smith, Ottumwa, IA; 3rd- Conner Golsten, Marivia, IA
Mule Jumps—57 inches and above:
1st- Abbie Morris, Newtown, MO; 2nd- Chloe Teninty, Eldon, IA; 3rd- Mark Taylor & Curt Logan, Unionville, IA & Villa Grove, IL
SATURDAY RODEO RESULTS
Bulls—rode 2 rounds:
1st- Tilar Rodgers of Kirksville, MO first round score of 80, second round score of 69; 2nd- Kody McAfee of Kahoka, MO first rounds score of 75, and no score for second round.
1st- Jim Bash, Kahoka, MO; 2nd- Tony Garrett, Floris, IA; 3rd- Mark Taylor, Unionville, IA
1st- Austin Peterson New Boston, MO score of 81
No one rode
1st- Carlee Collier of Centerville, IA ; 2nd- Brooklyn Miller of Carthage, IL ; 3rd- Carissa Schoenmann of Keystone, IA
1st- Abby Coltrain of Newton, IA ; 2nd- Emma Smith of Donnellson, IA; 3rd- Erin Bash of Wayland, MO
1st- Chelsea Stice of Basco IL; 2nd- Christy Blind of Birmingham, IA; 3rd- Jamie Bash of Kahoka, MO
Chute Dogging -
1st- Troy DeJong of Bussey, IA; 2nd- Dusty Davis of Kahoka, MO
Wild Cow Catch -
1st- Cody Weaver/ Dillon Garrett
Clark County Mule Festival Prize Giveaway
11:00am - Bill Lipper,Delaney Seeck, Geoff Wilson, Jim Bash, Anna Coutler, Chelsea Stice, Troy DeJong, Halie Coulter, Aimee Simons, Tara Lipper, Larissa Schoenmann, Jamie Bash
Noon - Christina Loeffler, Kelsey Gosnell, Makenzee Yoder, Garrett Wintermeyer, Matthew Wenke, Ryley DeJong, Wayne Carruthers, Lindsey Horner, Carson Smith, Edward Vaneur, Cameron Strader, Tony Garrett
1pm - Makila Melton, Brooke Miller, Tod DeJong, Wayne Coffman, Jon Vice, Gary Hodges, Larry Zylstra, Jacey Escher, Sage Hoksbergen, Cassy Vice, Travis Bell, Wes Rowland
2pm - Cheyenne Lipper, Rita Rochelle, Jason Loeffler, Carley Collier, Heather Hatton, Carol Zylstra, Tristen DeJong, Matthew Frueh, Chloe Teninty, Montanna Devine, Randy Salasberry, John Kleinert
SUNDAY EVENT RESULTS
Costume Contest (Judged by crowd) ** All won first place.
Church Family- Trolls: Craig, Sarah, Carley, Lily Teeter, Lyla Teeter, Lena Teeter and Dana the Mule - Revere, MO
Bella Wright- Rainbow Bride, Alexandria, MO;
Tyler Tormin- SubHay, Trivoli, IL;
Tyson Worrell- Rodeo Clown
Halter Class **DeWayne Cason- Judge -
1st- 647- Chloe Tentity, Eldon, IA; 2nd- 531- Larissa Schoenmann, Keystone, IA; 3rd- 543 - Briaunna Stover
Wagons (Hitch & Un-hitch):
1st- Jim Bash, Kahoka, MO
Egg & Spoon- Youth:
1st- Nova Cline, Memphis, MO; 2nd- Liberty Henderson, West Point, IA; 3rd- Cody Blind, Birmingham, IA
Monkey in the Tree:
1st- Melissa & Kendra Watkins- 29.94, Industry, IL; 2nd- Aiden & Conner Golstein- 36.08, Maraivia, IA; 3rd- Mike Wright & Drew Stoeckman- 44.97, Basco, IL & Luray, MO
Tag 17 & Over:
1st- Jamie Bash, Kahoka, MO; 2nd- DeWayne Casan, Drakesville, IA
Dotty Parton Youth:
1st- Liberty Henderson, West Point, IA; 2nd- Elizabeth VanDuren, Mt. Plesant, IA; 3rd- Carly Collier, Marivia, IA
Dotty Parton Adult:
1st- Chelsea Stice, Carthage, IL; 2nd- Danelle Wright, Carthage, IL; 3rd- Glenna Schantz, Kahoka, MO
Back to Back:
1st- Erica & Tyler Tormin, Trivoli, IL; 2nd- Anna Hartzler & Derek Stender, Wayland, IA; 3rd- Melissa & Kendra Watckins, Industry, IL
It takes many volunteers and the help of other organizations to keep the Clark County Mule Festival running smoothly every year. The Clark County R-1 FFA helped with parking and shuttles, while buttons were sold by the Kahoka/Clark County Chamber of Commerce and the Clark County Football Asosciation and the Clark County Middle School Boosters provided the trash pickup. A big thank you from the Clark County Mule Festival Committee goes out to all the volunteers and help who make this a great annual event, as well as the many contestants, spectators, and vendors who turn out to participate. We would also like to thank our community for supporting our endeavors through the years. Remember, you can keep up-to-date with us throughout the year and see pictures from past years by following us on Facebook (Clark County Mule Festival) or visiting our website (www.clarkcountymulefestival.com). We hope to see you next year at the 33rd Annual Clark County Mule Festival on September 14, 15 & 16, 2018!