ESSEX JUNCTION – The 83rd annual Champlain Valley Fair had one its best seasons ever with 299,168 people – about 1,500 more than 2003 – coming through the gates during the annual 10-day fair, held Aug. 28 to Sept. 6. The slight increase in attendance was due, in part, to enjoying one of the Vermont summers longest stretches of sunny weather during the final week of the fair. From an informal survey of license plates on the grounds, visitors from 41 states and several Canadian provinces attended the fair. From the standpoint of operations and quality, this was an outstanding fair, said David F. Grimm, general manager of the Exposition. We had excellent diversity in our grandstand which accounted for a 15% improvement over 2003. We received many positive comments about the cleanliness of our grounds, the variety of entertainment and the improvements we added this year. The Fair hosted two sell-out concerts for country music superstars Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith. The Fair opened with the good vibes of The Beach Boys. Other concerts included local jam bands Strangefolk and The Samples; a rocking Friday night concert with ZZ Top and nostalgic 35th anniversary tour concert by classic rock band, Yes on the second Saturday night. The remainder of the midweek grandstand shows included a freestyle motorcycle thrill show, Figure 8 Racing, a Demolition Derby and NTPA Grand National Tractor and Truck Pull on Labor Day.The Reithoffers Midway featured 35 rides and many special ride and admission discounts over the 10 days.Free daily entertainment included a live bear show, butter sculpture, an aerial thrill show, a juggling family, hypnotist, caricature artist, racing pigs, petting zoo, musicians and an authentic cowboy chuck wagon. Some $75,000 in competition premiums and prize money was awarded during the fair. Significant increases in entries to the art and photography department were realized, including a Best of Show landscape oil painting which carried a record-setting price tag of $12,000. A heavyweight pumpkin record was set at 1,042-pound pumpkin (previous record: 1,036 pounds in 2003) and it was one of the big surprises in the agricultural area considering the wet summer in the region. More than 150 people, including Vt. Gov. James Douglas, were on hand to honor the 2004 inductees into the Vermont Agricultural Hall of Fame at the Champlain Valley Exposition in a ceremony held during the Fair.International Association of Fairs and Expositions popular summer Read and Win program was offered locally to area youngsters, grades K 5 in five counties. Approximately 1,000 completed the assignment of reading three books over the summer and received free admission to the fair on Aug. 30. Significant improvements were made to the fairgrounds and facilities over the summer for this years fair including the addition of $350,000 three-lane paved road connecting Route 15 and Route 2 to Exposition parking areas; a complete renovation of the Ware Building, including heating and air conditioning for the exhibit hall; and general fix-up and repainting of buildings and landscaping. The 2005 Champlain Valley Fair is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 27 to Monday, Sept. 5. Photos from the 2004 Champlain Valley Fair are posted in day-by-day photo albums at www.cvfair.com(link is external), which also include information about the Expositions year-round calendar of events.
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — Franklin County residents are being encouraged to volunteer at the Franklin County Recycling Center.The Franklin County Commissioners and Southeastern Indiana Recycling District have decided to fill a staffing shortage with volunteer help rather than close the Recycle Center during the week.At this time, Southeastern Indiana Recycling District is actively seeking qualified volunteers to assist on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.County employees will run the Recycling Center on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Appeals for speedy repair of the facilityA former member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Suleiman Yahaya Kwande, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for naming the Abuja National Stadium after Chief MKO Abiola, 26 years after the June 12, 1993 presidential election was annulled.Kwande, a serving Board Member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) representing the North Central zone, is also a former Chairman of Mighty Jet F.C. Muhammadu Buhari In a statement he issued in Abuja on Wednesday, Kwande observed that legalizing June 12 as Nigeria’s ‘Democracy Day’ and naming the stadium edifice after MKO is historic, saying the new development will bring more dynamism to our democratic system and boost sporting activities.“President Muhammadu Buhari must be commended for announcing June 12 as democracy day and remembering MKO Abiola and naming the Abuja International stadium after him,” he said.Hon. Kwande urged the President to immediately order the repair of the stadium as it has been abandoned for long.“The Abuja now (MKO Abiola) stadium has not been considered for any sporting activities for sometimes now. I am urging the president to immediately order for its repair to begin so that sporting activities can immediately resume there,” concludes Kwande.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Liverpool defender Trent Alexander Arnold, 21, won the men’s Young Player of the Year award.Jordan Henderson was among five Liverpool players to be named in the Premier League team of the season.And Manchester United and England forward Marcus Rashford won a PFA merit award for his work combating child food poverty.De Bruyne beat last year’s winner Virgil van Dijk, Alexander-Arnold, Sadio Mane, Henderson and City team-mate Raheem Sterling to the award voted for by his fellow players.He is the first Manchester City player to win the award since its inception at the end of the 1973-74 season.“This is a big honour,” he said. “To be voted by your colleagues, competitors from other teams who you always play against on the field. That they vote for you for best player; it’s amazing.“It’s maybe strange that I’m the first one at City, seeing all the good players who played there before and who are still playing. But it’s nice to represent the club.”On Guardiola, he said: “He gives me a lot of freedom; I don’t know why, that’s just the way it goes between us.“He knows in one way I will always put the team first and then obviously if I can help myself I’m going to do that. He trusts me completely.”For the third consecutive year, the top award for the men’s category went to a player whose team did not win the Premier League title.Reds pair Van Dijk and Mohamed Salah were the past two winners and went on to lift the trophy last season, having come close in previous years.De Bruyne, though, contributed a record-equalling 20 assists and scored 13 goals as Guardiola’s side came runners-up to Jurgen Klopp’s team last term.England scored 21 goals in all competitions for the Blues and prevented Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema claiming the women’s award twice in a row.England also edged out her Chelsea team-mates Sophie Ingle, Guro Reiten and Ji So-yun, and Arsenal’s Kim Little.“It’s a huge honour to be voted for by your fellow peers, so thank you to everyone who voted for me,” England said.Alexander-Arnold won the men’s young player of the year award, ahead of Manchester United duo Rashford and Mason Greenwood, Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount, and Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester City and Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne has won the Professional Footballers’ Association men’s Player of the Year award.De Bruyne, 29, praised City Manager Pep Guardiola for helping him earn the honour saying “he just lets me be me”.Beth England, 26, won the women’s award having helped Chelsea do the Women’s Super League and League Cup double.
The seven-time African champions are yet to truly impress in Poland since their opening day 4-0 lashing of Qatar.A 2-0 loss to USA and 1-1 draw with Ukraine, meant the Flying Eagles had to sneak into the knockout rounds, but the spirit in camp is high following qualification, and the prospect of squaring up to another African team appears to be engendering determination.Nicknamed ‘The Promised Land’, Lodz however does not hold much promise for the African army, as this early knockout round confrontation between Nigeria and Senegal, and the fact that South Africa’s Amajita are already back in Johannesburg following group stage elimination, means depleted African presence going forward.The other African team, Mali, will have to battle Argentina at the same stage on Tuesday evening.Half of the Round of 16 fixtures are all-Confederation clashes. Apart from Nigeria/Senegal, South American representatives Uruguay and Ecuador are up against each other, as Asians Japan and South Korea, and European teams Italy and Poland.The 18,000 –capacity Stadion Widzewa, where the Flying Eagles tackle Senegal from 7.30pm, will also host the final match on June 15.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The delegation of Nigeria’s U20 team arrived in Lodz Saturday afternoon, ahead of tomorrow’s FIFA U20 World Cup Round of 16 clash with fellow African flagbearers Senegal.Players and officials left their Qubus Hotel in Bielsko-Biala after breakfast and arrived in Poland’s third largest city just in time for lunch at the Hotel Ambasador Premium.Nigeria finished third in Group D and only qualified as one of the best fourth third –place finishers in the six groups, while Senegal, Africa’s vice champions, finished at the top of Group A after two wins and a draw.