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The First Bacon Buddies Pig Show arrived at the 2022 Benton County Fair

Bacon Buddies Pig Show was a hit among participants and attendees at the Benton County Fair The Bacon Buddies arrived at the Benton County Fair on Friday bringing participants from the area. Bacon Buddies was actually first held at the Iowa State Fair. Local students Clayton and Will McKenna applied to be Mentors for the program last year and were among several hundred that had applied. Seeing that this was a great idea, their mom Nichole took the idea and ran with it bringing it to the Benton County Fair for the fist time this year.

Vinton-Shellsburg Summer Meal Menu for July

All of the details about the meal program can be seen here.
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Benton County Board of Supervisor Minutes 6/24/22

June 24, 2022The Benton County Board of Supervisors met in special session with Supervisors Seeman and Bierschenk present. The meeting was called to order at 2:35 p.m. at the Benton County Auditor’s office. Unless otherwise noted, all actions were approved unanimously. Summarized Resolutions will be available in the Auditor’s office and at: www.

Vinton-Shellsburg FFA members excel at Summer CDEs

Rachel Rollinger, Izzie Birker, Megan Schlitter, and Paul Herger created various arrangements for the team event at State Floriculture. Clayton McKenna, Andrew Pingenot, and Kail Evans find success at District Livestock Judging. In June, various FFA members shined in various Career Development Events. On Tuesday, June 14th, 7 members traveled to Kirkwood Community College for Livestock Judging and Floriculture. Results are as followed:District Livestock Judging (Clayton McKenna, Kail Evans, Andrew Pingenot) - Team 6th, Clayton 5th IndividualState Floriculture (Paul Herger, Rachel Rollinger, Izzie Birker, Megan Schlitter) - Team SilverOn Thursday, June 16th, 7 members were hosted by Iowa State for Food Science and Ag Mechanics.

V-S FFA Chapter Officers Learn More About Their Roles as Leaders

Andrew Pingenot and Austin Noe learned how to be welcoming to members and prepare for meetings in the Sentinel breakout room. By: Co-Reporter, Alana FlemingOn Friday, June 10, 2022-2023 Vinton-Shellsburg FFA Chapter Officers, Paul Herger, Kail Evans, Alana Fleming, Grace Shminke, Andrew, Pingenot, and Austin Noe attended the annual COLT (Chapter Officer Leadership Training) Conference held at Hawkeye Community College. While they were there they bumped into a few recognizable Northeast District Officers: Annabelle Newton and Josh Wiley, who were leading different sessions at the conference.
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FFA Announces Member of the Month and Newcomer of the Month

Newcomer of the Month - Alana Fleming Member of the Month - Autumn McGowanAs a Junior, Autumn has had three great years in the program. This year, she did an awesome job in the Parliamentary Procedure LDE and running the Personal Growth Committee. Autumn is easily recognizable in the chapter, and is known for her frequent National Anthem performances. Her SAE project records her financial entries while working in the food service industry.

District 42 Race won by Two Votes - But the Race goes to Another

Charlie McClintock the official candidate on the Republican ticket for District 42, by two votes After all of the votes were counted in the Primary Election on June 7, Colman Silbernagel won the election on the Republican ticket in District 42 by only two votes beating out Charlie McClintock. As expected, McClintock requested a recount of all the ballots. Recounts were held in both Linn and Benton County which the district covers.Upon recounting the ballots, McClintock gained three votes in each of Benton and Linn County putting him ahead by four votes.

The Benton County Fair, from the sky

For those who may be enjoying the activities on the race track during the fair, you might enjoy this view from the sky courtesy of Jason Hicok of Eastern Iowa Drone Services. Apparently, there were issues with one of the cars in the video clip that is 2:02 minutes can see the action at about the 1:30 mark. Here is a link to the videos captured by Hicok.
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Bailey Weeks to Compete at the World's Largest Rodeo

Bailey Weeks earns a place on the Iowa National High School Rodeo team The Cinch High School National Finals Rodeo has placed Bailey Weeks, a senior at Vinton-Shellsburg High School on the Iowa National High School Rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Gillette, Wyoming, July 17-23 to compete at the 74th Annual National High School Finals Rodeo in the girls cutting and goat tying competitions.Featuring more than 1,650 contestants from 44 states, five Canadian Provinces, Austrailia, Mexico and New Zealand, the NHSFR is the world's largest rodeo.

Newton Crowned Benton County Fair Queen for 2022

Emily Ingalls 2022 Benton County Fair Princess, Rylee Sash 2021 Queen, Anabelle Newton 2022 Benton County Fair Queen.  Driver Chad Newton. Annabelle Newton, the daughter of Chad and Kim Newton has been crowned the Benton County Fair Queen for 2022.  Newton also has a younger sister Sophia at home. The family live outside of Vinton on a family farm. A junior at Vinton-Shellsburg High School, she hopes to study business or physical therapy following graduation. She has been part of the Jackson Better Farmers 4-H Club for 8 years, and has exhibited swine, rabbit, and static projects during her time in the club.
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