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Minerva rodeo features mutton busting, fun for whole family; Chris Kraft in concert

MINERVA – The third annual Minerva Chamber Rodeo comes to Minerva Municipal Park July 28 with activities for the whole family.

Children’s activities begin at 3 p.m. with pony rides, a petting zoo, stick-horse making and other crafts and food and commercial vendors.

Kids’ rodeo events, sponsored by Minerva Area YMCA and Minerva Rotary Club, will begin in the arena, with stick-horse races beginning at 5 p.m. followed by preliminaries for mutton busting. Children weighing 50 pounds or less compete to see who can stay on the back of a sheep the longest. Helmets and vests are provided.

County Girls Who Code ‘hack away’ in competition at Akron Art Museum

Members of Girls Who Code Carroll County pose by a display for the University of Akron. The group participated in a “Hackathon” competition with the University of Akron Girls Who Code Club.

AKRON – The Girls Who Code Carroll County teamed up with the University of Akron Girls Who Code club to host a Code Hopper Challenge “Hackathon” recently at the Akron Art Museum.

AT&T sponsored and funded the challenge, including covering registration and transportation. The event included lunch, t-shirts, a guest speaker, activities, awards and more. Adriann Guy, IT administrator at Blue Technology in Cleveland, opened the event with an inspiring talk to the group of approximately 40 girls.

The Carroll County club, assisted by the Akron club, spearheaded and organized the event which was open to any girl in Northeast Ohio ages 11-18.

Attendees received a coding challenge with the theme “Welcome to the Akron Art Museum” at 11 a.m.

Minerva Concert-in-the-Park performers announced

MINERVA – Concerts-in-the-park are planned in Minerva during the summer months.

Celtic Rush will perform a free concert of traditional Irish tunes June 30 from 7-9 p.m. on Minerva Municipal Park Stage.

The group performs with a variety of instruments, including fiddles, guitars, tin whistle, bass and mandolin.

Guests should bring chairs or blankets. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Minerva High School auditeria.

Willie, Cara Cook team up to win Big Worm Off

The four finalists in the Carroll County District Library’s Big Worm Off Race are shown above with Marcia Schaffer, children’s librarian (standing behind).
Front from left are: Brock VanFossen, Cara Cook, Jacob Hill and Cruz Clark.

CARROLLTON – Willie, a worm raced by Cara Cook of Harlem Springs, was the winner of the Big Worm Off.

Held in conjunction with the Summer Reading Program at the Carroll County District Library, 179 racers compete in five races. According to Marcia Schaffer, children’s librarian, temperature played a part in race results.

“ The high temperature/humidity were a factor in the races Monday and Tuesday, producing slower heats. The daily winner on Monday went the entire three minutes, at which point we stop the race. Wednesday was the fastest race day with several worms finishing in 39 seconds or less!” Schaffer said. “The fastest time overall was in Thursday’s Last Chance Worm Race with a time of 30 seconds, squirmed by the worm belonging to Jacob Hill, one of our finalist Worm Off competitors. His worm was too exhausted to pull off the win on Friday, though. We had Sister Krista from Tennessee bless the worms Thursday, which I’m sure accounted for the speedy time turned in.”

Even though the temperature was cool, the rainy weather slowed the worms. The big race lasted three minutes with Cook’s worm edging out Brock VanFossen’s entry.

Cook, 9, is the daughter of Scott and Corrina Cook.

Fox Twp. parade goes on without a ‘sprinkle’

Carroll County Dairy Princess Shelbi Frase (left) and Runner Up, Shelby Rhodes, participated in the Fox Twp. Homecoming Parade. Lynden Ferguson, former dairy princess, is driving the truck.

MECHANICSTOWN – Cloudy skies did not discourage a crowd from attending the Fox Twp. Volunteer Fire Department (VFD) annual Homecoming and Parade June 21.

The three-day homecoming opened with a parade featuring 50 units comprised of fire trucks, antique vehicles and county royalty.

Following the parade, the Ohio Mod Rod Pullers put on a show for the audience. Pulls were cut short Friday and Saturday due to rain.

Parade winners included:

Best Appearing Truck 750 & Over: Augusta Fire Department (FD);

Best Appearing Truck 750 & Under: Bergholz FD;

Longest Distance Traveled: Kilgore FD;

Best Renovated Antique Vehicle: Debbie Beck, 1946 1/2 ton pickup;

Best Walking Unit: American Legion Post 428 Color Guard;

Judge’s Choice: East End Station Fire Truck.

Judges included: Willis Cline and Tom Mesler.

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