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2016 County Fair: In Review

The Delta County Chamber of Commerce would like to extend a huge appreciation to all of those participating, attending and sponsoring this past Saturday’s annual County Fair.

“It was a perfect day for a fair – showcasing local youth and their livestock, vendors had a great turnout and from the lawn tractors pulling their way to the end,” said Delta County Chamber Board Director President Kathy Houchins. “And the finale just sitting and relaxing to some great music that even got a rainbow. We are just so pleased – lots of fun in Delta County.”

The day began with a wonderful display of livestock and Ag mechanics by the local youth at the 2016 Bobby Wigley Memorial Livestock Show (see results below). Izabella McDaniel, who is competing for Miss Texas Princess, presented awards to the winners.

It continued with lots of vendors selling various crafts from crochet shawls to spice mixes and fundraising. Plus children were entertained by the big red fire truck of the Cooper Volunteer Fire Department and Delta County Sheriff’s office newest SUV as they were allowed to push the lights and sirens while sitting in the driver’s seat.

Following the show was the Lions Club annual Cow Patty Bingo which a portion of the proceeds went to a scholarship for a Cooper senior student. The winner was Delta County Chamber Vice President and Lions Club member Cindy Roller. Harley Davidson donated a lawn chair/cooler and framed motorcycle art to the Chamber for a drawing. Winning that drawing for the chair was J. Fieseler and for the Harley Davidson framed art was Delta County Sheriff Ricky Smith. Sheriff Smith presented his winning to Deputy Zach Steward for his birthday which was Saturday.

Highlighting the afternoon was the Lone Star Garden Tractor Pullers Association annual tractor pull at the City Park in Cooper. The dirt work was provided by Rocky Young and the National Anthem was sung by Shawna Spangler. Lawn mowers of all classes pulled another crowd pleasing event for a large attendance with assistance from Rocky Young Construction preparing the ground work.

The afternoon continued with a special evening concert with local entertainers The Wide Open Band opening for the Monty Tipps Band on a stage under the twinkling lights near the tennis courts. The duo of Janis Thomas and Randy Willis performed a set of songs including Jolene by Dolly Parton with a special verse written for the modern day woman which was a hit.

Monty Tipps and his Mainstreet Band hit the stage with a tribute to Merle Haggard which drew a crowd. He took many requests from local celebs like famed Cooper Review author Eddie Trapp throughout the evening as a rainbow formed in the sky above Cooper. The band even paused to sing “Happy Birthday” to Deputy Zach Steward.

The band continued to perform until a round of showers eventually moved into the Delta County area creating a “rain check” on the concert. The Chamber Directors and audience gave a resounding applause for the performers before departing.

The Chamber also appreciates the support of the volunteers who take time to help make community events happen. Those include: Chamber Director President Kathy Houchins, Vice President Cindy Roller, Board Members: James Jarrell, Brenda Stewart, Mindy Hicks, Shelli Hilliard, George Stapp, Richard Roan, Kelly Hohenberger Chester, Kendra Huie Ingram and office manager Gracie Young.

Contact the Chamber at 903-395-4314 or e-mail at deltacountychamberofcommerce@yahoo.com for more information.

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Professional Land Title Company

Duncan Insurance

Macy Inmon D.D.S.

2016 Bobby Wigley Memorial Livestock Show Results:

Grand Champion: Chaney Sonntag, Reserve Champion: Kerstin Freeman, Showmanship: Will Young

Class I: Trenton Blundell – 1st place; Class II: Will Young – 1st place, Jacob Atchley – 2nd place; Class III: Chaney Sonntag – 1st place, LynLee Atchley – 2nd place; Class IV: Kerstin Freeman – 1st place, Garrett Freeman – 2nd place, Dylan Owen – 3rd place


Grand Champion/1st place: Journi Ingram, Reserve Champion/2nd place: Jolee Szafran, Showmanship/3rd place: Reagan Johnson


Grand Champion/1st place: Hunter Horton


Grand Champion/1st place: Joley Slakey


Grand Champion: Jayla Lair, Reserve Champion: Jayla Lair, Showmanship: Jayla Lair

Class I Dorper: Jayla Lair – 1st place, Caitlin Brown – 2nd place; Class II Dorper: Jayla Lair – 1st place


Pair of Rabbits

Grand Champion: Rilee Purviance, Reserve Champion: Logan Alvarvez, Showmanship: Rilee Purviance

Rilee Purviance – 1st place, Logan Alvarez – 2nd place, Sierra Villeral – 3rd place, Tana Simmons – 4th place, Tanner Houchins – 5th place, Florence Parsons – 6th place, Madison Allen – 7th place

Single Rabbit

Rilee Purviance – 1st place, Logan Alvarez – 2nd place, Tana Simmons – 3rd place, Sierra Villeral – 4th place, John Freeman – 5th place, Jayden Staggs – 6th place, Tanner Houchins – 7th place, Florence Parsons – 8th place, Ashley Johnson – 9th place, JC Creed – 10th place, Madison Allen – 11th place

Ag. Mechanics

Blue Ribbons: Grand Champion – Devin Pickett and his gun cabinet; Rhyland McQuatters (chair), John Freeman (chair), Trenton Blundell (chair), Dakota Parsons (chair), John Sicking (knife), Easton Richey (shooter table), Mitchell Green (shooter table), Rylan Stager (table), Harley Briggs (table), Will Young (chair/table), Kyle Rinehart (chair/birdhouse)

Red Ribbons:

Kyle Martinez (fire pit), Zachary Ray (chair), Michael York (horse tie rack), Gus Hester (outdoor table), Kain Sterling (boot rack)

Suck Bucket Class

Blue Ribbons: Jace Meeks (goat), Brinley Meeks (goat), Makenzie Stewart (rabbits), Keegan Callihan (calf), Deanna McKim (sheep)

Horse Show

Two Classes – Horsemanship and Showmanship

Champion: Caitlin Brown

Reserve Champion: Carolee McKim; Third Place: Cadence Comeaux

2016 LSGTPA Results

Submitted by Jeff Duncan

The Delta County Fair played host to the Lone Star Garden Tractor Pullers Association's 2016 Season Opener, marking the second year the LSGTPA opened the season in Cooper, Texas.  Rocky Young Construction prepared an awesome 200 foot track for the competitors, at the Harmon Park facility.  The track consists of a great surface, with enough clay to provide excellent traction for tractor pulling.

The LSGTPA Youth Class competitors took to the sticky track first, with Lane Duncan taking the title aboard his 'Twisted Kitty' tractor.  Lane used a first round Full Pull to secure the win, in the debut of his brand new machine.  Jared Stephan scored the runner-up finish, aboard his 'Iron Head' entry.  Jacob Hovind made his LSGTPA pulling debut, scoring a third place finish aboard his 'Yes Deere' tractor.  Lane Duncan pulled double duty, piloting his 'Texas T-Rex' entry to a fourth place finish on the day.

Stock Class was won by Claude Lewis, with Steve McCarley taking the runner-up position.  James Helferich scored a third place finish.  In Hot Stock, Mason Hovind wheeled his 'Yes Deere' machine to first place for the Mean Green Pulling Team.  Kolby Langham finished with a second place posting, for the Longhorn Express Pulling Team.

The Big Stock Class saw a two way battle, with Jerry Toland pulling out the victory aboard 'Triple Deuce'.  Kolby Langham scored the runner-up, with a couple of wild rides aboard 'Texas Thunder'.  The Mini Rod Class crowned Colby Crowe the champ, aboard his 'Weekend Warrior' entry.  Crowe used a Full Pull in the opening round to lead the field, and never looked back.  David Houchen wheeled his 'Back In The Day' tractor to second, with Jerry Toland pulling to third aboard his 'Shinin Time' machine.  Sarah Crowe steered her turbo powered diesel '99% Moody' to fourth, with Paul Smith taking his 'Texan' tractor to fifth place.

The Super Rod Class was paced by Ken Langham Sr., aboard his 'Psycho' tractor, taking the win in the class.  Langham used a Full Pull in the second round, to secure the win.  Steve McCarley pulled to the runner-up position, with Randell Moody taking third aboard his 'Ridge Runner' tractor.  John Kiemele took a wild ride out of bounds aboard his 'Dodge This' tractor, with the DQ limiting the team to a fourth place finish.

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