FFA displays, vegetable judging underway at Bellville Street Fair


Sunday tractor pull canceled because of weather concerns

BELLVILLE – Gigantic pumpkins, summer and fall vegetables and lots of nurtured livestock filled up the streets of Bellville Wednesday at the Bellville 2018 Street Fair.

Cassie Kelley, 10, of Butler, stood in line to get her contribution in the giant pumpkin contest weighed.

Larry Weyhmeller, a fair director, weighed hers and announced the results. It came in at 43 pounds.

Several even larger pumpkins were inhabiting a truck outside Smith Hardware. Those, entered by Jim Hill, had yet to be weighed.

Hill is the organizer of the big pumpkin contest, said Weyhmeller.

Kelley said she had entered previously and had gotten second place.

She said she worked on the project with her father, who did the tilling. She did the planting. She said she waited a long time to see her entry get big.

She said she has no special tips, but admitted she had to be reminded about the need to water and weed the plants. That was courtesy of her father, she said. Kelley, showing her great smile, said she does the growing just “for fun.”

Winning the pumpkin contest nets the best competitors with good money. First place is $200; second is $150 and third, $100.

Kelley brought two specimens to enter in the contest. She was helped in maneuvering the pumpkins by her mother.

Weyhmeller said he had dealt with four entries by mid afternoon Wednesday.

One major event at the fair has been canceled. The tractor pull Saturday had to be canceled because of rain.

Judging of some livestock was scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.

The fair queen contest was Wednesday evening. It is supervised by Brandy Weyhmeller.

An art show is in the Bellville library all days of the fair. Rides and concessions open at 4 p.m.

The Clear Fork high school band was scheduled to perform Wednesday night.

The Marching Princesses and cloggers perform Thursday.

Several displays showed brightly colored vegetables, entered by the FFA clubs from Lucas and Clear Fork.

The junior livestock show is Saturday. Music groups perform both Friday and Saturday.

 

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By Louise Swartzwalder

Bellville Star