County Fair is this week
Welcome to the Idaho County Fair Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 17-20.
The fair kicks off Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. with a ribbon cutting.
Much has gone on to reach this point with Monday and Tuesday judging of 4-H member fashions, getting animals ready for the judging and decorating the arena building for the Wednesday nigh fashion show and the introduction of the 2006 royalty candidates.
The Pigtail Contest is Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in the arena building. Pigtails will be judged for the longest, widest, unusual and other kinds with Melinda Sonnen as chairman.
Wednesday evening starting at 7 p.m. is the 4-H Fashion show and Home Economics awards. Also the introduction of the 2005 royalty court and 2006 candidates.
Thursday is for livestock judging in Fitting & Showing. Judging will be in the Livestock Pavilion.
The Idaho Lewis County cattlemen’s Beef Barbecue is in the City Park starting at 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
In the evening will be the annual 4-H ambassadors 4-H Green Swing Dance. From 7-7:35 p.m. a Magician will be in the Arena Building.
Friday is Quality Judging for livestock and Fitting & Showing for horses.
In the evening from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. there will be a Potato Bar in the City Park sponsored by the Prairie Booster club.
Royalty evening begins at 7 p.m. with the crowning of the new royalty at 8:30 p.m. in the Arena Building.
Saturday starts with the Kiddie parade at 10:30 a.m. on Main Street with lineup at Wells Fargo Bank.
Next comes the Idaho County Fair Parade at 11 a.m. with Linda Nida as chairman.
At 1 p.m. 4-H Awards and trophies will be presented in the arena building.
At 2 p.m. the Fat Stock sale starts in the Vernon Agee Pavilion Building.
Check out starts at 4 p.m. with the end at 6 p.m.
Welcome to the 2005 Idaho County Fair and you all come back next year.
Enneking are 2005 Grand Marshals
"Most of my friends are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year," George commented. "We're on our 42nd."
"I married an older man," smiled Karla, remarking about the seven-year difference in age between the two.
The couple will represent Idaho County as grand marshals for the 2005 Idaho County Fair.
George grew up in the Keuterville area and graduated from St. Gertrude's Academy. He owned and operated Enneking Building Construction for 25 years.
Karla grew up on sheep ranch in the area and graduated from Cottonwood High School.
"I was a Protestant," she smiled. "I served at his brother's wedding; do you remember that, George?"
"Is that where I met you," George's eyes twinkled.
"Anyway, it was a year before he asked me for a date and another year before we got married," Karla laughed. "George is kind of easy and calm, slow moving and easy going."
Karla converted to Catholicism and the rest is Enneking history.
For a short period after they were married the couple moved to Ellensburg, but, otherwise, have remained in Cottonwood.
"I wouldn't want to live anywhere else," Karla said. "I hope I never have to."
"The people here are good people; it's a good place to be," George added.
The Ennekings have two children and four grandchildren whom all live close-by.
"I couldn't stand it if they didn't," Karla emphasized.
While George is now retired after 18 years as an Idaho County Commissioner, Karla is still employed as a financial specialist by Farm Credit Services in Cottonwood.
"I've been there 30 years and I love it," she said. "I don't have any plans to retire yet."
The Ennekings have been involved in many activities within their community for the past several decades.
In addition, George has been involved in the Idaho County Fair for many years, beginning in about 1944 when he joined 4-H.
"I attended the Junior Livestock Show in Spokane for about eight years when we didn't have a livestock show here," he said.
George's father took over the Keuterville 4-H Club after Rudolph Schroeder had it and was a leader for many years. The "Joe Enneking" building at the fairgrounds is named for him.
The Ennekings agree that being asked to be grand marshals for the fair is an honor.
"We look forward to representing Idaho County," they said.
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Donations can be made for 4-H awards
If you would like to help the 4-H members with cash or gift certificates that are awarded during the Fair there are ways to do so.
You can give to a Booster Club if you want to help with the purchase price of an animal.
If you would like to help with other projects you and contact the extension office and give to the Friends of 4-H. Monday from this fund purchases the sewing machine, mixer and luggage given to the top winners in sewing, cooking and Making the Most of Me projects.
Donations can be made to any of the projects by contacting Susie Heckman for information.