Hannah Tupa of El Campo was a three-time winner at the Wharton County Youth Fair’s final pageant on Saturday, claiming the Queen’s title as well as Queen of Tickets Sales, selling 284 season passes and Miss Congeniality. Altogether, the group of girls sold 1,283 season passes, bringing in a total of $38,510.
Fourteen young ladies in grades sixth through eighth modeled in Western-style attire at the Wharton County Youth Fair’s Jr. Miss Pageant Saturday evening in Crescent Hall. Only one girl, Hannah Chumchal of East Bernard, claimed the 2015 Jr. Miss title. The 2014 WCYF Jr. Miss Sanae Brandes did the honors of crowning Chumchal, the 14-year old daughter of Kelly and Sandra Chumchal, who is an eighth grader at East Bernard Junior High.
With her reign coming to an end, 2014 Wharton County Youth Fair Princess Lana Foyt gave her final walk before the crowning of this year’s Princess, Camille Burns of Boling. Burns is the daughter of Taylor and Brooke Burns. The pageant was the second of four held Saturday afternoon in Crescent Hall.
There was a whole lot of peace and love going on at this year’s Wharton County Youth Fair, as 31 youngsters danced to the 1960s hit “Twist” by Chubby Checker. As the first of four pageants, 22 girls and nine boys took the stage for the Little Mr. and Miss Pageant Saturday afternoon in Crescent Hall. The 2015 WCYF Little Mr. and Miss are Morgan Mahalitc of Boling, son of Louis and Cindy Mahalitc and London Cavness of East Bernard, daughter of Jarrod and Ryan Cavness.
Wharton County 4-H members raise an animal project for many reasons. It provides them an opportunity to develop individually through involvement in an activity that interests them. These kids love this. Those who love the stock show life say the events teach valuable lessons, ranging from responsibility and character-building to time management, budgeting, patience and giving.
First Lutheran Pastor Donna Zip blessed the community garden planted by First School children on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22. Zip also read the creation story and spoke about God entrusting us to take care of our earth.
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El Campo farmer Bob Little received the Outstanding Ag Man of the Year award Wednesday at the 39th annual Wharton County Youth Fair’s Agricultural Appreciation Day banquet. Pictured l-r: Joe Hlavinka, Little and Fair President Mark Bain.
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Cheryl Roitsch, left, goes over paperwork with outgoing El Campo Special Education Director Dan Hammock, who is retiring at the end of the school year. Roitsch will take over director duties at ECISD after previously serving as department coordinator.
Hazel Foltyn, above left, is recognized on her 50 years of membership in Beta Sigma Phi during the Annual Founder’s Day Banquet Tuesday, April 21. Fellow sisters of Torchbearer Beta honoring her during the Golden Circle ritual are (l-r) Nancy Brooks, Lorraine Cranek, Wanda Rapp and Eva Farley.
Sorority sisters are rarely members for over 60 years, but Torchbearer Beta Chapter members Lorraine Cranek, center, and Maureen Staller, right, were honored on their 65 years in the sorority at the Founder’s Day Banquet. Presenting the women with a rose pin is sister Wanda Rapp.
Maureen Staller, Wanda Rapp and Eva Farley (l-r) have each been featured Valentine Sweethearts in the Beta Sigma Phi magazine the Torch, a rare honor; Farley this past year, Staller in 2010 and Rapp in 2006. They are members of Torchbearer Beta Chapter in El Campo.