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  • Look, slow down or even stop!

    With school back in session beginning Thursday, Aug. 18, motorists are reminded to obey the posted speed limits around the schools. Acting Holyoke Police Chief Doug Bergstrom wants to remind motorists that when the yellow lights are flashing on South Int...
  • New tough truck event draws lots of interest

    A new event at the 2011 Phillips County Fair was the Tough Truck competition. Participants were given the challenge to build a truck that would withstand the beating from jumps, turns and mud. Eleven trucks turned out for the contest which was won by Bre...
  • Motocross riders jump and flip into hearts of fair spectators

    Three motocross freestyle riders became an instant hit Friday night during the stock car races. Riders performed at the intermission and performed the main portion of their show after the races concluded. The three dare-devil riders performed many differe...
  • Farm Olympics makes teams work together

    Four teams participated in the inaugural Farm Olympics at the Phillips County Fair Saturday, July 30. Each team was made up of four members and the teams had to complete seven events ranging from stacking hay bales, driving a golf cart blindfolded and pu...
  • 4-H, FFA projects sold at Fair's Junior Livestock Sale

    4-H and FFA livestock sales went well at the Phillips County Fair sale Saturday, July 30. Janna Smith’s Grand Champion Goat was purchased by Gerk Funeral Home, and Patricia Adams’ Reserve Grand Champion Goat went to Jake’s Feed. Harchelroad Motors...
  • Special theme contests and new booth showcases featured at Fair

    Awards given for special theme contestsScrapbooking Youth-Everyday—Arianna Darbin, 1st; Haley Van Overbeke, 2nd; Regan Van Overbeke, 3rd. “Country Strong” Photography Nicole Kleve, 1st; Chelsie Deering, 2nd; Trent Huffman, 3rd. Create-a-Book-Cov...
  • Animals rewarded at recent pet show

    The Phillips County Fair Pet Show, held on Saturday, July 30, showcased pets of all shapes and sizes including cats, dogs, a sheep and a goat. Prizes were given to the top three pets in each category.A.J. Brandt won Best of Show with his dog, Mac, during ...
  • All sorts of fun offered up at junior rodeo at the Fair

    Contestants from Holyoke as well as surrounding communities took part in the annual youth/amateur rodeo Wednesday, July 27 at the Phillips County Fair.Kayden Porter of Amherst looks more like a steer wrestler rather than a mutton buster during Wednesday...
  • Races draw lots of cars and action

    2011 Phillips County Fair races are usually one of the biggest racing nights of the season in Holyoke. This year, it was no different as the stands were packed with people and the track was full of fast cars Friday night, July 29. After the heat races, t...
  • Phillilps County's got talent

    A few Phillips County Fair participants got their 15 minutes of fame Friday, July 29, giving those at the annual barbecue and talent show much more than they bargained for. Holyoke’s Dawn of Exploration kicked off the show with a number of high-energy ...
  • Antique tractor pull wraps up 2011 fair

    Most of the tractors were green (John Deere) with some red ones sprinkled in throughout the Antique Tractor Pull Competition Sunday afternoon, July 31 at Phillips County Fair. Antique tractor owners from the area as well as other states gathered at the f...
  • Variety of open class entries are judged

    Brandt wins Garden Best in Show honorsGrand Champion, Best in Show, Jerry Brandt. Green beans, Jerry Brandt, 1st; Becca Weaver, 2nd; eggplant, Kaitlyn Kent, 1st; leaf lettuce, Rita Kleve, 1st; kohlrabi, Jerry Brandt, 1st; peppers, Tina Kramer, 1st; rhuba...
  • Kids give it all in tractor pull

    Kids ages 4-12 participated in the pedal tractor pull Saturday, July 30 at the Phillips County Fair. With the sun beating down hard, kids gave it their all to pull the heavy sled down the track. Landon Bogan grits his teeth to a third-place finish in th...
  • Kids' Races and Stick Horse Rodeo fun for everyone at Phillips Co. Fair

    Kids' Races fun for everyone at Phillips Co. FairThe Phillips County Fair Kids’ Races, held Saturday, July 30, entertained everyone as children ages 3-13 ran, hopped and crawled through races. Kids also enjoyed hunting for money in a pile of sawdust. K...
  • Cowboy Bapital Chorus and Gateway Singers perform in perfect harmony

    Working together in perfect harmony no prob for barbershop chorusEnergetic melodies and beautiful a cappella harmonies really stole the show when Ogallala-based Cowboy Capital Chorus took the stage at Phillips County Fair Thursday, July 28. A number of b...
  • All it takes is a little luck

    Horseshoes may be lucky, but there’s no doubt the Phillips County Fair horseshoe pitching competition is all about skill! A group of competitors gear up for action, pictured above, with Daryl Atkins, Larry Atkins, Bob Halbert, Alvin Schumann and Elwin ...
  • Digital music trend doesn't skip a beat

    Since Thomas Edison announced the creation of his phonograph machine in 1877, music technology has been on a roll ever since. With record albums came modern radio broadcasting, and of course, the jukebox at the diner down the street. 8-tracks were invent...
  • Powell is new minister at First Christian Church

    Merle Powell hopes to “bring a passion for worship through reading God’s Word, prayer and fellowship,” to First Christian Church of Holyoke as he takes over the position of minister. Powell, son -in-law of former First Christian Church minister Jim...
  • Biddle celebrates 102

    Velma Biddle, long-time Holyoke resident, celebrated her 102nd birthday with flair and enthusiasm in Boulder last weekend with family members. Celebrating 102 years, Velma Biddle and family members gather for an exciting birthday party last weekend. They...
  • Tornado/storm shelters designated in County

    Tornado sirens were sounded in Holyoke June 19, indicating a funnel cloud had been spotted and was headed toward Holyoke. Individuals should have been taking cover, going to their pre-designated shelter, such as a basement, storm cellar or the center of a...