This year the Clark County Fairgrounds were filled with 276 Campers. On Friday afternoon, a camper drawing was held and the winner was Wayne and Heather Coffman of Douglas, Mo. Festival goers traveling the furthest distance this year where Mr. and Mrs. George Chackel of California and Judy Hayes from Lazy Mountain, Alaska.
On Wednesday Pre-K students and teachers came out to the fairgrounds to visit. They all got to go for a wagon ride, received a snack, a coloring book provided by the Clark Co. Mule Festival and crayons provided by Tim Bertram, Shelter Insurance Agent. In the afternoon five wagon teams and 2 mules went to the Pre-K building to visit with the students. Then the wagons traveled to the Clark County Nursing Home where the residents and staff enjoyed getting to see the mules and going for a ride in the wagon.
The area elementary schools also participated in a mule coloring page contest again this year, which were put on display for the weekend; Elizabeth Ervin won from Black Hawk Elementary School and Olivia Williams was the winner from Running Fox Elementary School.
Then on Thursday, students and teachers from the Wayland Headstart came to the fairgrounds and were given wagon rides, played mule games and then had a sack lunch.
New this year on Thursday a Mule Show warmup started at 1 pm in front of the grandstand for everyone to enjoy playing and watching a variety of games.
The annual camper cookoff was held at 6 pm on Thursday evening. This year there were 4 judges to test 4 chili entries and 6 stew entries. The winner of the chili for the second year in a row was Jeff Trindle of Liberty, Mo and the winner of the stew category was Michelle Tucker of Wyaconda, Mo.
On Friday, mule games started in front of the grandstand at 11 am and everyone had a great time watching and playing the games. The annual fish fry was held Friday evening in the 4-H pavilion, as well.
Before the start of the cattle classes members of the local Boy Scout Troops were on hand to present the flags while the National Anthem was played.
Everyone in attendance was then able to enjoy watching mule and cattle classes such as break away roping, steer daubing, steer doctoring, goat tying, team sorting, and roping.
Saturday morning started with 18 riders participating in the trail ride with Ralph & Mary Ann Plenge who were the leaders. The mule show started at 9:00 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, mules, and wagons.
For the second year in a row before the rodeo, on Saturday night, staff from Industrial Opportunities
in Kahoka were on hand to give away almost 300 “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 and Peoples Bank of Kahoka,
Wyaconda & Canton.
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 for the rodeo and following the rodeo The
Riverside Band performed for those in attendance.
On Sunday morning church services were held in the grandstands provided by the Fellowship of
The big winners of the weekend was Deb Bower of Ely, Iowa who won the queen size quilt. The
winner of the $1,000.00 drawing was Shaun Markell of Keokuk, Iowa.
This years Mule Festival Royalty included Queen- Anna Hartzler; King- KC Chockley; Princess- Erin Bash;
Prince – Cody Blind.
Golden Horse Shoe winners for the week were: Sunday - Mathew Woods; Monday - MaKenzee Yoder;
Tuesday - Candace Armagost; Wednesday - Liam Yoder; Thursday - Suzie Whitaker; Friday - Luke Brown;
Saturday - Peter Burkholder.
Maci Winters, 2018 Old Settler’s Queen and Evan Jones, 2018 Old Settler’s Princess were on hand to
present trophies, ribbons & prizes during the mule show on Saturday.
This year Brent Baader from “Old Strand Video” was also in attendance working on a documentary on
mules across the country. The documentary will later be aired on PBS when finished.
2019 Clark County Mule Festival Event Results
Friday Event Results
Adult Musical Carpets - 1st- Kevin Kahler- Ottumwa, IA; 2nd- Anna Hartzler – Washington, IA; 3rd-
Elizabeth Van Dewen- Mt. Pleasant, IA;
Hitch & Unhitch - 1st- Chad Brotherton – Argyle, IA; 2nd- Jim Bash – Kahoka, Mo
PeeWee Musical Carpets (10 & under) -1st- Cody Blind – Birmingham, IA; 2nd- Berkley Melton- Bucklin,
Mo; 3rd- Cheyenne Lipper – Ottumwa, IA
Youth Musical Carpets (11-16 yrs old) - 1st- Erin Bash – Kahoka, MO; 2nd- Lydia Eicher- Montrose, IA;
3rd- Larissa Schoemann – Keystone, IA
Queen Contest – 1st- Anna Hartzler – Washington, IA; 2nd- Christy Blind – Birmingham, IA; 3rd-
Elizbabeth Van Dewen- Mt.Pleasant, IA
King Contest - 1st- KC Chockley – West Point, IA; 2nd- John Klinert – Revere, MO
Princess Contest- 1st – Erin Bash – Kahoka, Mo; 2nd- Parker Melton- Bucklin, Mo; 3rd- Bella Wright –
Prince Contest- 1st- Cody Blind – Birmingham, IA; 2nd- Hudson Melton- Bucklin, MO; 3rd- Liam Yoder-
Monkey- n- Tree -1st- Mike Wright & Chelsea Stice - 32.34; 2nd – Jay Robinson & Crystal McGee -
49.81; 3rd- Bill & Cheyenee Lipper - 49.91
Tennis Ball on a Tee (Teams) - 1st- Chad Brotherton-Argyle, IA - 26.25; 2nd- Jim Bash – Kahoka, MO -
27.06; 3rd- Duane Stewart- 28.29
Panty Hose Race – 1st- Rusty & Christy Blind - 13.25; 2nd- Mike Wright & Chelsea Stice -13.54; 3rd-
John Kleinert & Lydia Eicher - 15.97
Bat- N- Barrel (Youth) – 1st- Makenzee Yoder-Brookfield, Mo - 51.38; 2nd- Erin Bash- Kahoka, Mo -
56.28; 3rd- Hutson Melton-Bucklin, Mo - 57.88
Bat- N- Barrel (Adult) – 1st- Cody Weaver-Birmingham, IA - 59.59; 2nd- Brandi Simmons-Richland, IA -
1.04.28; 3rd- Bill Lipper- Ottumwa, IA - 1.19.22
Through the Barrel- 1st- Erin Bash-Kahoka, Mo- 21.69; 2nd- Cody Weaver-Birmingham, IA - 33.71; 3rd-
Larissa Schoemann-Keystone, IA - 34.01
Mule Jumps - 1st- Elizabeth Van Dewen @ 55 inches; 2nd – KC Chockley; 3rd- Craig Church @ 48 inches
Team Barrels- 1st- Craig Church- Revere, Mo - 35.59; 2nd- Todd Dejong- Unionville, IA - 35.75; 3rd-
Duane Stewart - 35.87
Team Poles- 1st- Duane Stewart - 38.63; 2nd- Jonathan Vice-Eldon, IA - 39.78; 3rd- Phineas Eicher-
Montrose, IA - 40.73
Open Barrels – 1st- Jim Bash- Kahoka, Mo - 31.00; 2nd- Todd Dejong- Unionville, Mo - 45.38
Open Poles- 1st- Jim Bash- Kahoka, Mo - 33.97; 2nd- Todd Dejong-Unionville, Ia - 35.37
FRIDAY Night Cattle Class RESULTS
Steer Daubing - 1st place Christy Blind, 2nd place Rusty Blind, 3rd place Tod Dejong
Breakaway Roping - 1st place Chelsea Stice, 2nd place Tod Dejong
Goat Sticker Dash - 1st place Tyson Worrell, 2nd place Kalee Summers, 3rd place Blake Padgett
Women’s Goat Tying 16 & Under - 1st place Erin Bash
Women’s Goat Tying 17 & over - 1st place Chelsea Stice, 2nd place Christy Blind, 3rd place Erica
Steer Doctoring - 1st place Eddie Van Duerzen, Elizabeth Van Duerzen, KC Chockley; 2nd place
Dewayne Cason, Warren Campbell, Elvis Middleton; 3rd place KC Chockley, Liberty Henderson, Casey
Team Sorting - 1st place Mike Wright, Chelsea Stice, Jim Bash; 2nd place Mike Wright, Chelsea Stice, KC
Chockley; 3rd place Mike Wright, Chelsea Stice, Bella Wright
Sort and Pen - 1st place Chelsea Stice, Mike Wright, Jim Bash; 2nd place Chelsea Stice, Christy Blind,
Rusty Blind; 3rd place Rusty Blind, Bill Lipper, Christy Blind
Team Roping - 1st place Mike Wright, KC Chockley
SATURDAY EVENT RESULTS
Costume Contest (Everyone received a trophy) - 1st- Bailey Logan( Unicorns); 2nd- Piper McGee (Fairy
Halter Class- 1st- Cody Blind- Birmingham, IA; 2nd- Katie Kruse- Parnell, IA; 3rd- Christy Blind-
Team Hitch & Unhitch- 1st- Jim Bash, Kahoka, Mo
Golf Ball on a tee (youth) – 1st- Erin Bash- Kahoka, Mo - 17.000; 2nd- Camryn Blatter- Shellsburg, IA -
41.10; 3rd- Bella Wright- Basco, IL - 52.44
Golf Ball on a tee (teams)- 1st- Christy Blind- Birmingham, IA - 17.06; 2nd- Richard Strader- Marietta, IL
- 21.53; 3rd- Jim Bash- Kahoka, Mo - 23.00
Pole Bending (youth) – 1st- Erin Bash- Kahoka, Mo - 28.56; 2nd- Larissa Schoemnann- Keystone, IA -
39.15; 3rd- Katie Kruse- Parnell, IA - 43.99
Team Pole Bending- 1st- Jim Bash- Kahoka,Mo - 39.90; 2nd- Larry Zylstra- Pulaski, IA - 42.31; 3rd- Craig
Church- Revere, Mo - 49.25
Adult Pole Bending - 1st- Mike Wright- Basco, IL - 28.25; 2nd- Rusty Blind- Birmingham, IA - 30.50; 3rd-
Justin Klyn- Unionville, IA - 31.90
Precision Pull - 1st- Craig Church & Chad Brotherton; 2nd- Richard Strader; 3rd- Jim Bash, Adam Ball, &
Monkey-n-Tree - 1st- Christy Blind & Cody Weaver, (Birmingham, IA) – 14.91; 2nd- Derek Stender &
Anna Hartzler, (Washington, IA) – 17.16; 3rd- Edward Van Dewen & KC Chockley, (Mt. Pleasant & West
Point, IA) – 18.65
Water Race - 1st- Erica Tormin & Stephen Bitner, (Trivoli, IL & Enid, OK) - 33.50; 2nd- Carley Church &
Erin Bash, (Revere & Kahoka, MO) - 43.03; 3rd- Christy Blind & Cody Weaver, (Birmingham, IA) - 45.75
Dotty Parton Race - 1st- Brandi Simons- Richland, IA, 50.65; 2nd- Parker Melton- Bucklin, Mo, 1.01.62;
3rd- Kalissa Watkins- Good Hope, IL, 1.06.00
Team Egg & Spoon - 1st- Todd Dejong- Unionville, IA; 2nd- Richard Strader- Marietta, IL
Back to Back - 1st- Arabella Strader & Kalissa Watkins; 2nd- Erica & Tyler Tormin; 3rd- Steve Bitner &
Mule Jumps-1st- Richard Long @ 52 inches; 2nd- Owen Burr & Bailey Long
Saturday Night Rodeo Results
National Anthem- Anna Hartzler
Bullfighters- Tyler Simpson & Tyler Rodgers
Pick-up men- Bill White, Doug Schreiber, KC Chockley
Bulls – No winner
Team Barrels – 1st- Duane Stewart – New Virginia, IA; 2nd- Craig Church – Revere, Mo; 3rd- Melissa
Strader – Good Hope, IL
Open Barrels – 1st- Todd DeJong – Unionville, IA; 2nd – Jim Bash – Kahoka, Mo
Team Poles –1st- Larry Zylstra – Pulaski, IA; 2nd – Jonathan Vice – Eldon, IA
Chute Doggin- 1st- Stephen Bitner – Enid, OK; 2nd- Troy DeJong- Bussey, IA; 3rd- Brandon Preston –
Steers – 1st- Brett Hopp – Toulon, IL; 2nd- Zak Payton – Kirksville, Mo
PeeWee Barrels – 1st- Larissa Schoemann – Keystone, IA; 2nd- Bella Wright – Basco, IL; 3rd- Cody Blind
– Birmingham, IA
Ladies Barrels (11-16 yrs old) – 1st- Erin Bash – Kahoka, MO; 2nd- Kalissa Watkins – Industry, IL; 3rd-
Liberty Henderson – West Point, IA
Women’s Barrels – 1st- Christy Blind – Birmingham, IA; 2nd Chelsea Stice – Basco, IL; 3rd- Anna Hartzler
– Washington , IA
Money the Hard Way – 1st – Ethan Overhulser – Kahoka, MO
Wild Cow Catch – 1st – Todd & Troy DeJong
Special thanks to all the helpers this year! If you would like to volunteer next year please reach out to
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 Clark County Scholarship Fund with
help from employees at Kahoka State Bank, Bank of Monticello & Exchange Bank of Northeast Missouri.
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 35th Annual Clark County Mule Festival on September 17, 18 & 19,