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August 25, 2001
Tim Ellsworth
(618) 559-0042
Jeff Squibb
(217) 836-3541


      DUQUOIN, Ill. -- Country music artist Aaron Tippin donated a bicycle to Illinois Department of Agriculture Director Joe Hampton Saturday night at the DuQuoin State Fair for distribution to the local Toys for Tots program.

     Tippin built the bike on stage while he sang during his concert, which drew 2,721 fans.

     “We’re impressed you finished the bike in a single song, but we wish you had played a little longer.” Hampton chided Tippin while accepting the donation. “Seriously though, Toys for Tots is fortunate to have you as its spokesman.”

     Tippin and Billy Ray Cyrus, the second half of the country twin bill on the fair’s first night, highlighted a day of activities at the fair that included livestock shows, pom pon contests and other competitions.

     Sunday’s schedule at the DuQuoin State Fair includes the Freckle Contest, Fleischmann’s Yeast Contest and another full day of livestock shows, plus such free entertainment as Wildlife Wendy and Her Tropical Birds, the Show-Me Swine Racers and the second day of the International Water Ski Championships.

     Thirteen-year-old country music artist Billy Gilman and special guest Jessica Andrews will be in concert at the Grandstand at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are still available and may be purchased from the Grandstand ticket office beginning at 11 a.m.

     Tickets for other Grandstand shows throughout the fair may also be ordered by telephone at (618) 542-1535 beginning at 9 a.m. daily.

     Results from Saturday’s events:

Llama Show
Grand Champion Female: White’s Funny Farm, Waverly
Reserved Grand Champion Female: Lloyd Nash, Nash’s Llamas, Martinsville
Grand Champion Male: White’s Funny Farm
Reserved Grand Champion Male: White’s Funny Farm

Spam Oven Roasted Turkey Contest
1st place: Terry Kessinger, Carbondale<
2nd place: Jesse Gomes, DuQuoin
3rd place: Judith Weybury, Cambria

Smile Contest
Girls under 8 years old: Victoria Cavitt of DuQuoin; parents Bryan and Lisa Cavitt.
Boys under 8 years old: Drake Frazier, of West Frankfort; parents Jeff and Janell Frazier.
Girls ages 9-12: Tamar Adcock, of Assumption; parents Jim and Jan Adcock.
Teen boys and girls: Onika Huey, of Marshall; parent Jeanne Crail.

Pom Pom competition
Junior Varsity
1st place: Carterville Junior Varsity

Small School
1st place: Dupo
2nd place: Sesser-Valier
3rd place: Carterville

Open School
1st place: DuQuoin
2nd place: Herrin
3rd place: Belleville Althoff

Junior Pom Pon competition
Ages 5 and under
1st place: Star Steppers
2nd place: Sloan’s Gymnastics, West Frankfort

Ages 6-8
1st place: Upbeat Studio, DuQuoin
2nd place: Dancin’ Dazzlers, Murphysboro
2nd place (tie): Sloan’s Gymnastics, West Frankfort
3rd place: Star Steppers

Ages 9-11
1st place: Stars and Stripes Studio, Pinckneyville
2nd place: Upbeat Studio, DuQuoin
3rd place: Sherry’s School of Dance, Herrin

Ages 12-13
1st place: Upbeat Studio, DuQuoin
2nd place: Shaker Elite, Murphysboro
3rd place: Dance, Cheer, Tumble

Ages 14-17
1st place: Shaker Varsity, Murphysboro
2nd place: Dancin’ Dazzlers, Murphysboro
3rd place: Upbeat Studio, DuQuoin


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