This year the Clark County Fairgrounds were filled with 274 Campers. On Friday afternoon, a camper drawing was held and the winner was Cheryl Borton of Burlington, Ia.
On Wednesday, over 50 students from the Pre-K came out to the fairgrounds to visit. There were three wagons and teams of mules to help give the kids a ride around the grounds. Jim Bash went to the school with his team of mulesto give rides to 3 & 4 year olds. The area elementary schools also participated in a mule coloring page contest again this year, which were put on display for the weekend; Landon Roberts won from Black Hawk Elementary School and Weston Davis was the winner from Running Fox Elementary School.
Then on Thursday, several 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.
On Thursday evening was the judging for the annual chili and stew camper cook-off. Judging started at 6:30 for the seven participants with chili entries and three participants with stew entries. This year the chili winner was Jeff Trindle and stew winner was Deanna Millard.
On Friday, kids games were held in front of the grandstand. The kids enjoyed playing a variety of games. The annual fish fry was held Friday evening in the 4-H pavilion, as well. During the evening everyone in attendance was able to enjoy watching mule polo followed by mule and cattle classes such as break away roping, steer daubing, steer doctoring, goat tying, team sorting, and roping.
Saturday morning started with 25 riders participating in the trail ride with Ralph Plenge who was the leader. 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.
Long time Mule Festival goer, Eleanor Denning age 108, from Iowa, was the oldest person in attendance this year at the festival.
New this year before the rodeo, on Saturday night, staff from Industrial Opportunities in Kahoka were on hand to give away over 100 “Noodle Mules” for the kids to enjoy. The “Noodle Mules” were made by the employees at Industrial Opportunities. This was made possible by funding from the Clark County Mule Festival, Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri, Peoples Bank and Connection Bank.
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, right before the rodeo began.
The grandstands and bleachers were standing room only on a beautiful September evening for the rodeo. Following the rodeo again this year the band “Dark Horse” performed for those in attendance.
Sunday morning began with a trail ride, and church services were held in the grandstand provided by the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys.
Blair Webster, 2017 Old Settler’s Princess, was on hand to present trophies, ribbons & prizes during the mule show.
The big winners of the weekend was Judy Jones of Rushville, IL who won the queen size quilt. The winner of the $1,000.00 drawing was Debbie Logdson of Kahoka.
Golden Horse Shoe winners for the week were: Monday - Liam and Mackenzie Yoder of Brookfield, Mo; Tuesday - Mackenzie Yoder; Wednesday - Jesse Ohnemum; Thursday - Wendy Boggs; Janet Simpson.
2018 Clark County Mule Festival Events Results
FRIDAY EVENT RESULTS
Steer Daubing -
1st - Rusty Blind; 2nd Christy Blind; 3rd Eddie Van-Deuren
Girls Goat tying 16 and under -
1st - Erin Bash; 2nd - Liberty Henderson, 3rd Delaney Denham
Girls Goat tying 17 and over -
1st - Chelsea Stice; 2nd - Christy Blind;
Steer Doctoring -
1st - Thomas Van-Deuren, KC Chockley, Eddie Van-Deuren; 2nd - Liberty Henderson, Casey Henderson, KC Chockley; 3rd - Mike Wright, Dewayne Cason, Chelsea Stice
Donkey Sort -
1st - Jim Bash, Erin Bash, Delaney Denham; 2nd place - Mike Wright, Jim Bash, Chelsea Stice; 3rd - Christy Blind, DeWayne Cason, Amanda Alexandin
Donkey Sort & Pen -
1st - Christy Blind, DeWayne Cason, Amanda Alexandin; 2nd - Mike Wright, Mick Lunt; Chelsea Stice; 3rd - Mike Wright, Jim Bash, Chelsea Stice
SATURDAY EVENT RESULTS
2018 Queen - Erika Tormin;
2018 Princess - Kalissa Watkins;
2018 King - Troy DeJong;
2018 Princes - Ezra Graber
Adult Musical Carpets - Age: 16 & over:
1st- Christy Blind, Birmingham, IA; 2nd- Wes Rowland, Unionville, Mo; 3rd- John Kleinert, Revere, MO; 4th- Rusty Blind, Birmingham, IA
Youth Musical Carpet - Age: 16-9 years old:
1st- Erin Bash, Kahoka, MO; 2nd- Emma Smith, Donnellson, IA; 3rd- Logan Rowland, Unionville, MO; 4th- Kalissa Watkins, Industry, IL
Peewee Musical Carpets - Age: 8 & under:
1st- Cody Blind, Birmingham, IA; 2nd- Carley Church, Revere, Mo; 3rd- Hutson Melton, Bucklin, MO
Team Hitch Judged by Audience:
1st- Richard Strader & Kendra Watkins, Industry, IL; 2nd- Marvin Baker, Corning, IA; 3rd- Craig Church, Revere, MO
Team Hitch & Unhitch:
1st- Jim Bash, Kahoka, MO; 2nd- Dennis Watson, Chillicothe, MO; 3rd- Duane Stewart, New Virgina, IA
Women’s Egg & Spoon - Queen Contest 16 & over:
1st- Erika Tormin, Trivoli, IL; 2nd- Nova Cline, Memphis, MO; 3rd- Anna Hartzler, Wayland, IA
Ladies Egg & Spoon - Princess Contest 15 & under:
1st- Kalissa Watkins, Industry, IL; 2nd- Erin Bash, Kahoka, MO; 3rd- Emma Smith, Donnellson, IA
Men Egg & Spoon - King Contest:
1st- Troy DeJong, Bussey, IA; 2nd- Rusty Blind, Birmingham, IA; 3rd- Cameron Ward, Maquon, IA
Boy Youth Egg & Spoon - Princes Contest:
1st- Ezra Graber, Norwalk, IA ; 2nd- Hudson Melton, Bucklin, Mo; 3rd- Tristan DeJong, Knoxville, IA
Precision Pull - Noon:
1st- Craig Church, Revere, MO - 135 points; 2nd- Chad Brotherton, Donnellson, IA - 120 points; 3rd- Jim Bash, Kahoka, Mo- 95 points
1st- Jim Bash, Kahoka, MO; 2nd- Craig Church, Revere, Mo; 3rd- Duane Stewart, New Virgina, IA; 4th- Chad Brotherton, Donnellson, IA
1st- Jim Bash, Kahoka, Mo; 2nd- Craig Church, Revere, MO; 3rd- Larry Zylstra, Pulaski, IA
Monkey In the Tree:
1st- Melissa & Kendra Watkins, Industry, IL - 30.75; 2nd- Mike & Bella Wright, Basco, IL - 33.68; 3rd- Erika Tormin & Anna Coulter - 41.25
Panty Hose Race (Youth):
1st- Erin Bash & Delani Denham Kahoka, MO -15.43; 2nd- Halie Coulter & Olivia Hatchcock - 34.56; 3rd- Ethan Loeffler & Ezra Graber - 39.03
Panty Hose Race (Adult):
1st- Rusty & Christy Blind - 13.09; 2nd- Chelsea Stice & Mike Wright - 13.56; 3rd- Justin Klyn & Carson Smith - 14.56
Granny Races (Youth):
1st- Erin Bash, Kahoka, Mo - 22.81; 2nd- Larissa Schoenmann, Keepstone, IA - 32.06; 3rd- Olivia Day, Keokuk, IA - 34.03
Granny Race (Adult):
1st- John Kleinert, Revere, Mo - 23.19; 2nd- Travis Bell, West Point, IA - 30.88; 3rd- Nova Cline, Memphis, Mo - 32.31
Back to Back:
1st- Erika & Tyler Tormin, Trivoli, IL & Dunlap, IL; 2nd- Mindy Strader & Camryn Ward, Maquon, IL; 3rd- Brittany Flockhart & Sam Todd, Keokuk, IA
Jumps- 56 inches & Under:
1st- Richard Long; 2nd- Craig Church; 3rd- Liberty Henderson
Jumps- 57 inches & Over:
1st- Bailey; 2nd- Brock; 3rd- KC Chockley
2018 Mule Festival Rodeo Results
No one rode
Team Barrels -
1st- Duane Stewart from New Virgina, IA - 35.56; 2nd- Craig Church from Revere, MO - 36.97; 3rd- Kendra Watkins from Industry, IL - 41.47
Team Poles -
1st- Jim Bash from Kahoka, MO - 32.60; 2nd- Larry Zylstra from Pulaski, IA - 44.00; 3rd- Geoff Wilson from Ottumwa, IA - 43.91
1st- Patrick Burton from Orleans, NE; 2nd- Don Musser from Mullen, NE; 3rd- Chad Connelly from Sutherland, NE
PeeWee Barrels -
1st-Larissa Schoenmann from Keystone, IA - 27.84; 2nd- Lily Teeter from Alexandria, MO - 36.35; 3rd- Cody Blind from Birmingham, IA - 36.62
1st- Conner Golston from Morvaia, IA - 83 points; 2nd- Austin Peterson from New Boston, MO - 78 points
Ladies Barrels -
1st- Erin Bash from Kahoka, Mo - 21.44; 2nd- Kalissa Watkins from Industry, IL - 22.78; 3rd- Emma Smith from Donnellson, IA - 25.28
Women’s Barrels -
1st- Christy Blind from Birmingham, IA- 18.37; 2nd- Chelsea Stice from Basco, IL -18.50; 3rd- Mindy Strader from Maquon, IL - 20.37
Chute Dogging -
1st- Camryn Ward from Maquon,IL; 2nd- Justin Klyn from Unionville, IA; 3rd- Montana Strader from Maquon, IL
Wild Cow Catch -
1st- Cody Weaver & Eric Harold from Birmingham, IA
SUNDAY EVENT RESULTS
Costume Contest (everyone received 1st place) -
1st- Tyler Tormin, Mackenzie Yoder, & Church Family
1st- Katelyn Cruze; 2nd- Carley Church; 3rd- Larissa Schoenmann
Team Egg & Spoon:
1st- Kendra Watkins, Industry, IL; 2nd- Jim Bash, Kahoka, Mo; 3rd- Rusty Blind, Birmingham, IA
Dolly Pardon (Youth):
1st- Liam Yoder, Brookfield, Mo - 50.81; 2nd- Hannah Baker, Corning, Ia - 54.85; 3rd- Makenzie Yoder, Brookfield, Mo - 55.78
Dolly Pardon (Adult):
1st- Christy Blind, Birmingham, IA - 33.47; 2nd- Anna Hartzler, Wayland, IA - 37.91; 3rd- Chelsea Stice, Basco, IL - 49.31
Bat N’ Barrel- Youth:
1st- Boo Baker, Corning, IA - 33.47; 2nd- Erin Bash, Kahoka, MO - 46.22; 3rd- Larissa Schoenmann, Keeptone, IA - 49.34
Bat N’ Barrel- Adult:
1st Anna Hartzler, Wayland, IA - 44.96; 2nd- Kendra Watkins, Industry, IL - 51.85; 3rd- Erika Tormin, Industry, IL - 53.75
Back to Back:
1st- Mindy Strader & Arabella Strader; 2nd- Erika Tormin & Anna Hartzler; 3rd- Sam Todd & Brittany Flockhart
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 Local American Cancer Society. The Clark County Middle School Boosters provided the trash pickup again this year. 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 34th Annual Clark County Mule Festival on September 19, 20, & 21, 2019!