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2019 Special Clovers

Larry Sheppelman and Lyn Nebel received Special Clover recognition for their dedication and hard work as McLean County Fair employees. Mike Swartz, McLean County Fair manager presented the awards. Larry Sheppelman manages the operations team for the McLean County Fair – putting everything in place for the fair to happen. He works tirelessly behind the scenes to get all of the equipment arranged from the grandstand to animal pens and trash cans to sound systems.

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2019 Golden Clover Winners

Four dedicated supporters of 4-H and the McLean County Fair received recognition as 2019 Golden and Emerald Clover Award winners. Ruth Poppe was honored as a Golden Clover for serving as a leader of the Space Age Pioneers 4-H Club for 24 years, project superintendent and volunteer judge for 4-H activities. She was also on the McLean County Extension Council and Foundation Board. John Olson was recognized for his service on the McLean County Fair

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Runners Go HogWild for Pre-Fair Race

About 160 runners and walkers participated in the HogWild 5K Run & 1 Mile Walk held July 28 at the McLean County Fairgrounds. Participants had the chance to preview the fair and enjoyed a post-race meal featuring porkburgers prepared by McLean County Pork Producers. Drew Toohill finished first in the men’s division and Olivia Hartke earned top honors in the women’s division. The top three finishers in each age division received a pig trophy. Race

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Volunteers Needed – McLean County Fair

Farmers are needed to share their everyday ag knowledge at the Food & Farm Fun Zone educational exhibit during the 2019 McLean County Fair July 31 – Aug. 4. Volunteer shifts are three hours each. The exhibit needs volunteers from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Volunteer benefits: 1st shift: FREE fair admission & t-shirt (while supplies last) 2nd shift: Concession Cash 3rd shift: carnival pass

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Industrial Hemp Forum Highlights

Area farmers learned about the challenges and opportunities for growing Industrial Hemp at a forum hosted by McLean County Farm Bureau June 25. Western Illinois University researcher, Dr. Win Phippen, offered a look at what it takes to grow industrial hemp. Challenges include the labor intensive nature of the crop and testing requirements. Industrial hemp has been a prohibited crop for decades, which means that there are no pesticides licensed for use on the crop

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