Shiloh and the Young Guns to perform on Friday
By Lorie Palmer
Idaho County Free Press
The local country performer Shiloh will provide entertainment Friday evening, Aug. 17, 7 p.m., at the fair.
Shiloh is a local country and western performer and has an impressive performing career of over a decade! She started as a second grader in her elementary school’s talent show and has since been involved in numerous fairs, cowboy gatherings, fund-raising benefits, and private parties. She has more than 200 songs in her repertoire, from classic country and western, to a little bit of modern country and classic rock. 
Through music and performing, Shiloh has dedicated time to numerous fund-raising benefits such as Relay for life, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association and many food banks in her area. She has had the honor of singing the National Anthem at many sporting events including the NAIA World Series and other venues. 
Shiloh has also had the pleasure of opening shows for several big names including Taylor Hicks and Sawyer Brown. With more than 500 performances under her belt, Shiloh manages to balance life as a mother and wife while on the road and is supported and cheered on by her husband and son as well as the rest of her family. 
Within the last few years she has recorded her second CD called Going Nowhere and has traveled been to Tennessee where she took home second place in the Mountain Soul vocal competition. More recently she has been performing with a backup band “Shiloh and the Young Guns” to advance her career and add versatility to her shows. 
The Young Guns band members consist of Daniel Tate on the lead guitar, Nick Wright on the drums and Kaitlin Geier singing harmonies.

Shiloh and the Young Guns will perform at the Fair on Friday evening at 7 p.m.

Idaho County Ambassadors: 21 years and going strong
By Lorie Palmer
Idaho County Free Press
The brainchild of former University of Idaho extension agent Mary Schmidt, the Idaho County Ambassadors made their debut in 1997.
Twenty-one years later, Idaho County 4-H Program Director Susie Heckman said she thoroughly appreciates the work Idaho County 4-H Ambassadors provide.
“I count on them, especially during the fair,” she said. “They work hard.”
This year’s group consists of all young women: Rose Sherrer, Jessie Sonnen, Paige Layman, Colby Canaday and Godavari Murphy.
The group started, Heckman explained, as a way to retain older 4-H kids in the local clubs.
“We didn’t want to take them out of their clubs, because they are mentors and leaders in those groups and are needed there,” she said.
Those who are Ambassadors must maintain membership in their chosen club(s), be a sophomore through senior in high school (public, private or home schooled), and have been a member of 4-H for at least four years.
Those who qualify – up to 10 per year — and are interested apply and interview for the extracurricular honor.
“These kids are the face of what goes on in 4-H, as well as the help – the volunteers –for many county events,” Heckman said.
In the past, this has included help with the Idaho County 4-H party, Kids Klub and 4-H summer camps, the recycling center, Idaho Forest Group’s annual family picnic and the Farm and Forestry Fair. They also sponsor the Green Swing 4-H dance at the fair.
“And of course, they are everywhere all week long at the fair,” Heckman said. “They run errands, announce, judge – they just work everywhere and anywhere they are needed.”
When fairgoers and 4-H kids see the green shirts and khaki pants, they know they can ask questions and get a professional answer.
“Ambassadors provide a great leadership experience as members often go to 4-H groups and speak about the program, or are at the front of activities in the county,” Heckman said.
It also helps them see, she said, what it takes to prepare for and execute a large event such as the fair.
“The planning, the work – they really get a close-up view of what it takes for the fair to run and be successful,” she said.
Heckman knows the kids who apply to be Ambassadors are usually the most active, involved students.
“They learn to manage their time, prioritize and attend the mandatory monthly meetings,” Heckman said.
And it doesn’t look too bad on scholarship and college applications, either.
For information on the program, contact Heckman at 208-983-2667.

Photo courtesy of Kelly Turney: Idaho County 4-H Ambassadors 2018 are (back row, L-R) Rose Sherrer, Jessie Sonnen and Paige Layman; and (front row, L-R) Colby Canaday and Godavari Murphy.

Rowland shows strong support for local youth
By Lorie Palmer
Idaho County Free Press
A strong supporter of the Idaho County Fair and 4-H, Dennis Rowland said he enjoys what he does.
“Especially the little kids – I really enjoy working with them,” he said.
Rowland has owned the Cottonwood Sales Yard, now known as Prairie Agricultural Center, since 1998. He and his wife, veterinarian Helen Klapprich Rowland, call the 150-acres along U.S. Highway 95 home.
“I’ve worked all over the Northwest with the livestock market,” he said. 
Rowland is not only an auctioneer who helps on sales day at the fair, he is also on the livestock sales committee and helps find a market for the animals and also purchases animals himself to help the kids and out.
“There is work before the sale, during and after,” he said, to find the auction buyers and then send all the animals to market. He takes the animals to the sales yard following the sale and keeps them a night or two, feeding and watering them and “giving them a chance to settle” before finding the best market for them.
Rowland’s son, Brent Rowland, has been working alongside him for the past five-plus years.
“It’s a blessing, for sure,” Rowland said.
Rowland’s volunteerism comes in between moving several thousand cattle per year, being host to auctions several times each month.
“I enjoy it, of course,” he said. “And 4-H and FFA are great programs for the kids, so I definitely want to support them at the Idaho County Fair.”

Dennis Rowland is pictured here with Katie Marek during the 2017 Idaho?County Fair livestock sale. Photo by David Rauiz, Idaho County Free Press.

A Cloverbud model stands in front of the judges after modeling her sewing project, which is an apron.

Making the Most of Me models get lined up in the order they will model for the judges.

Ellea Uhlenkott models for the judges.

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