by Wendy Clatterbuck
Rain stayed away on Saturday, July 14th for the fourth annual Christ Church Country Fair in Millwood, an event chaired by Linda Roberts. The old fashioned family entertainment went off as scheduled with pony rides on Gypsy (Goshen) and Cadbury (Armbrust, the 17 hand horse), a moon bounce, yard sale and bake sale, grilled lunch, fiddle music by Jane Caspar and Dave Milefsky.
Valley Health had their mobile health van on site and offered free blood pressure and cholesterol screenings to all comers.
All proceeds from the Country Fair go to Christ Church Cares Food Pantry and other Clarke County outreach efforts. Roberts reported over $2,000 was raised at this year’s event.
The Food Pantry is open to Clarke County residents during church office hours Tuesday – Friday from 8:30 till noon. On the first Saturday of each month, there is a large distribution that includes fresh vegetables, meat, and dairy products. The Christ Church office number is 837-1112.
A Country Fair high-light, nationally ranked dog agility trainer, Leslie McLean, put two of her competitors, Trouble, a Jack Russell terrier, and Bear, a Labrador Retriever, through their paces on an abbreviated obstacle course. McLean then invited the audience to try, and coached several dogs.
McLean, assisted by husband Bill and daughter Emily, then served as Pet Show judge. The pet show morphed into a dog show, as this year there were no cat or chicken entries.
Randy Buckley donated straw bales for ring-side seating.
Candy Kobetz with the Nantucket-Trewarwyn hunting beagle, Jasmine, won the costume class in a walk-over as dressed-alike huntsmen.
Best Groomed was a five-way tie: Shirley Brown’s Bailey, Millie Baker’s Taffy, Fred Meyer’s Lulu, Johnny Crawford’s Sassy and Maisie Maguire’s Bitte.
The Best Behaved blue went to Johnny Crawford’s Sassy, and second to William Fulton’s Todd. Both dogs also tied for the Best Trick: Sassy balanced a treat on her nose until she heard “OK” and Todd bounced a ball with his nose playing catch. Bailey and Taffy were second and third.
The Best Decorated Collar was won by Kristen Laise’s Maggie, with the beagle Jasmine second. The miniature schnauzer puppy Bitte was third in her pink harness.
Maggie’s wagging tail also won the Happiest class, with Sassy and Todd second. Third place was a four-way tie between Jasmine, Taffy, Gray Jones’ Lucy and the Smith family’s Oscar.
Dressed Alike winner was Jasmine with handler Kobetz. Second place was a tie between the Bitte-Maguire and Lucy-Jones pairs.
Crawford’s Labrador, Sassy, was the Best Popcorn Catcher with 5. Labs being Labs, no surprise there. The Australian Shepherd, Todd, caught one. Other entries, Jasmine, Bitte, Todd, Lucy, and Maggie, were too dignified to bother.
For the most part, Pete Dunning’s Rhodesian Ridgeback, Rommel, stayed in the car while Phyllis Nee and Bob Cullen’s Tito stood around looking handsome.
Unsold items from the yard sale were donated to Blue Ridge Hospice for their thrift shops.