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2012 Parade

Have Mobile Stable - Will Travel!
by Craig Sooter, Harvey County Fair Board

Visitors to the 2012 Harvey COunty Fair will have the chance to experience first hand how a cow is milked. Callie Unruh of the Southwest Dairy Farmers will have a her mobile milking stable at the Harvey County Fair Grounds.
Callie pulls her 36' trailer to various classrooms through out the southwest United States. We do dairy education and promotional events, by visiting schools, fairs and trade shows. Our message is about the importance of dairy in your everyday diet, but we also like to talk about life on the farm, said Miss. Unrau. My cow is a 3 year old Jersey named Lady. She is very docile and besides producing milk, she loves to lick kids!

The mobile milking stable has a full automated see through plumbing system that allows visitors to see the milk move from the cow to the holding tank. "We like to discuss hygee on the farm, barns and equipment. Diet for our cattle is also discussed, the types of feeds and how we take care of her. This all leads to the importance of three servings a day of dairy. Milk provides nine essential  nutrients and vitamins that allows us to have a healthy body, exclaims Miss Unruh.

Harvey County 4H has played a vital roll in Callie's life. I grew up outside of Walton where my parents still milk Holsteins. I started my first dairy project when I was 6 years old as a tag along. From that point on, I had a 4H dairy project until I was 21 years old. We still display Holsteins at the state fair, you could say I am still very involved. 4H was a very big part of my childhood. Said Callie.

Callie is  a Newton High School Graduate. She went on to Kansas State University majoring in Animal Science with a minor in Business.

Fair goers are welcome to visit Friday 6-9pm, Saturday all day and Monday 6-9pm. Milking will be at 6,7,8 and 9pm each day.  The Harvey County Fair Board hopes everyone can stop in for a milking! We want to thank the Southwest Dairy Farmers and Callie Unruh for being part of the 2012 Harvey County Fair.



2012 Harvey County Fair Parade - Spectacular!
by Craig Sooter, Parade Chair
Corrected Category Winners 8-18-2012

It was a comfortable evening with the  weather threatening to "Rain on our Parade." A few drops were felt but the showers waited for the end of the parade. Thank you Lord for answering our prayers!

Registered entries in the 2012 parade was 41, a large number from past years. Non-registered  entries added another 10 entries for a total of 51 participants.

Awards Results

Category Winners:

Starting with the 4-H, School Youth Groups, Sports Teams, Children under 18. All God's Children Preschool of Newton has an outstanding float, filled with preschool children. Adherence To Theme Winner, "Celebrate Family Fun"

Decorated Bicycle & Tricycles, Danny Reimer of Newton took top honors with his fishing boat designed float.

The Individual award went to Jerry Jacobson of Newton, with his calliope music machine.

Antique Vehicles & Farm Equipment went to Jim Yoder of Newton. Jim has a unique 1965 Trabant a car that was manufactured in East Germany during the Cold War. There are less than 200 of these cars in the US, and Jim's is the only Trabant in Kansas!

The Demolition Derby cars were well represented. Top honors went to Melanie McBeth of Newton, with her 1984 Caprice. Melanie has been involved building demo cars since she was 17 year old and has driven in the Harvey County Demo Derby for 11 years. Demo Derby Best Painted winner.

The Adults Clubs and Organizations award went to the Harvey County Shrine Club with their caboose. The train theme went along with the "All Aboard!" for The Harvey County Fair Theme.  This 48 foot caboose has been a long time recognized  entry for Harvey County Shriners.


Horses, Saddle Clubs and Animal Drawn Wagons; each year The Newton Saddle Club does a great job of supporting the Harvey County Fair Parade. As usually, many riders participate. Our judges chose Taylor Gottschalk, riding "Ringo" a dalmatian horse along with "Taylor" a dalmatian rider. The Newton Saddle Club took  the Overall Appearance.

The Commercial Category/ Industrial Display went to Clint Green of Newton. Clint's float was "Support Our Troops"  The US has over 500,000 troops that are overseas. That's more than half a million troops who are feeling homesick and who are missing birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. That's more than half a million men and women who would love to receive messages from home. Want to let those men and women know you care? The Kansas Adjutant General's Department provides ways to help. Visit their website (Click Here)

The parade enjoyed a nice group of commercial entries this year. The Commercial Category/ Theme  went to Designs By John.  A  disguised van transformed into a milk cow along with a cow head. Flowers were passed out as the float proceeded down Main Street. Moo-velous! Winning the Originality for the Parade.

On behalf of the Harvey County Fair Board and the many, many individuals and businesses that are involved, THANK YOU!  Your support is what makes The Harvey County Fair a success!