|Fair Queen Lutze encourages attendance|
|Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt|
“Right here in our own backyard is some of America’s Best,” said Phillips County Fair Queen Josilyn Lutze in her introductory statement in the 2014 Phillips County Fairbook.
Promoting the year’s Fair theme, “America’s Best,” Lutze encourages the community to participate and attend the numerous activities planned for this year’s Fair.
Events during Fair week begin with the Leland Miller Memorial Gymkhana Sunday, July 20, at 9 a.m. and end a week later with the Sunday, July 27, antique tractor pull at 1 p.m.
In addition to two rounds of gymkhana fun Sunday, July 20, team roping will begin at 5 p.m.
Monday, July 21, Phillips County Raceway will host NASCAR stars Kenny Wallace and Kenny Schrader with 7 p.m. racing, including stock cars, modifieds, sport mods and hobbies. Tuesday, July 22, will see the entry and judging of 4-H general projects and club booths.
Wednesday, July 23, open class and special theme contest entries will be accepted from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. The 4-H horse show/gymkhana will begin at 9 a.m. Evening entertainment includes an ATV rodeo at 7:30 p.m.
Youth mud volleyball will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 24, with poultry and rabbit judging at 1 p.m., and goat and dairy cow judging at 4 p.m., followed by swine judging. A pitch tournament and bingo are scheduled at 6 p.m.
Beef judging begins at 8 a.m. Friday, July 25, with sheep judging at 1 p.m. A parade of champions and press time for 4-H/FFA livestock and general projects is set for 4 p.m.
Carnival fun begins at 5 p.m. Friday, as does the barbecue in Homesteaders Park. A 4-H fashion review will be held during the barbecue.
The Jake Gill concert will highlight the Friday evening entertainment at 7:30 p.m. A beer garden and live band music by the Juke Joint Cruisers will close out both Friday and Saturday’s schedules.
Saturday’s parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Interocean Avenue. Other July 26 activities include the pet show at 11 a.m., Orphan Grain Train brat feed at the Event Center at 11 a.m., adult mud volleyball at noon, Bean’ Your Best contest at noon, cow patty bingo at 12:30 p.m., pedal tractor pull at 12:30 p.m., salsa contest at 1 p.m., horseshoe pitching at 1 p.m. and rabbit bingo at 2 p.m.
The junior livestock sale will start at 2:30 p.m., and the evening’s entertainment includes bull riding, bullfighting and mutton bustin’, starting at 7 p.m.
A community church service is scheduled for 9-10 a.m. Sunday, July 27, with round robin showmanship at 10:30 a.m. and the antique tractor pull at 1 p.m.
For full schedule information, go to www.phillipscofair.com.
Lutze crowned at last year’s Corn Festival
Lutze was named Fair queen at the 2013 Haxtun Corn Festival and will continue her reign through the Sept. 27 Corn Festival this year.
Last January, she represented Phillips County in the Stock Show parade in Denver and also volunteered for a day at the Stock Show.
She rode in the Fourth of July parade in Brush this summer and also plans to ride in Fair parades in Sedgwick, Logan and Yuma counties, and possibly others.
Lutze has invited area queens to both the Phillips County Fair and Haxtun Corn Festival. She is appreciative of her numerous sponsors and noted she will be hosting a luncheon to thank them following the Corn Festival.
One of Lutze’s favorite parts is when she’s wearing her official queen crown and sash and younger kids approach her to take a picture with her or to ask for her autograph.
While being queen carries a lot of responsibility, she admits it is a lot of fun, as well. She said it has also helped her with public speaking and other life lessons.
Lutze takes her role as Fair queen seriously. Citing that the primary role of the Fair queen is to act as hostess for the Fair, she anticipates being at most every event next week.
She will hand out ribbons at the livestock shows, attend and assist as needed with evening programs and in general serve as a role model for younger girls and boys.
She recalls how influential Fair queen Janna Smith was for her and is so glad Smith encouraged her to try out for princess three years ago.
Lutze served as princess when Smith and Alyssa Roll were Fair queen. Last year, she was lady in waiting and there was no queen as she wasn’t old enough to try out for that role.
With the requirement that the Fair queen must be 16 by the Fair, Lutze, whose 16th birthday was in February, was eligible and ready.
Without her family supporting her, Lutze is quite sure she couldn’t fulfill her role as Fair queen. She appreciates all the assistance from her younger sister Janessa, as well as from her parents, Mark and Mendi.
In addition to her responsibilities as Fair queen, Lutze will be showing market lambs and market hogs through FFA and also has a 4-H baking project. She already knows her family will be assisting with her projects when she’s busy with other duties.
Lutze will be a junior at HHS this fall. She’s a member of Raising Ranchers 4-H Club, will serve as FFA treasurer in 2014-15 and has been in the school choir and on the girls’ basketball team.
She also enjoys riding her horse when she gets a chance. She works for her dad on the farm, which currently involves driving grain cart for wheat harvest.
Lutze is sincere as she wishes all contestants the best of luck at the Fair and invites the whole community to attend.
Holyoke Enterprise July 17. 2014