Adjusting to an empty nest

Well, we’ve arrived full circle. We started our married life as two and the day has come when again, it’s just my husband and me as we saw our last one off to college Labor Day weekend.

Together, we’ve raised three children for close to 25 years and I can honestly say, it is the most satisfying, challenging, heart-wrenching process I’ve ever undertaken. Being a parent takes self-sacrifice, time, energy, patience, endurance, determination, and cementing it all together, love. It is the most wonderful job in the world.

When we got our daughter settled that day, it was time to hug goodbye. Holding my daughter close, I whispered in her ear how proud I was of her, how much I loved her and assured her she’d be just fine. Through tears I watched her dad hug her and give her his love and support.


Saving Clintonville’s History House

Photo by Grace Kirchner Members of the Clintonville Area Historical Society recently learned that their History House needed some repairs immediately to save the historical building.

The Clintonville Historical Society recently decided that if its History House was to be saved, repairs needed to be made now.

Marilyn Berkvam, historical society president, said the project will cost an estimated $25,000 to $35,000. The society has already signed a $12,000 contract for a new concrete foundation for the building.

Ordinary maintenance over the years could not have stopped the deterioration of its foundation, Berkvam said. The concrete around the foundation had to be jack-hammered away to determine the extent of the damage.

Berkvam said the final cost of the project will depend on how many other “surprises” the society encounters.

The oldest part of the History House was moved to its current location on 11th Street about 120 years ago. It was set on a fieldstone foundation. Part of the stone foundation and the beam that rests on it have deteriorated. Load bearing posts are rotting and need to be replaced.


Caroline’s annual fall trail ride on horizon

The 26th annual fall trail ride will be held Oct. 2-5 as part of the Caroline Lions Colorama. It’s Wisconsin’s largest trail ride with over 1,300 horses expected.

Activities begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 2 with polka music by Chad Przybylski and the Polka Rhythms. Country music by the Raised Reckless will be featured from 9 p.m. until midnight.

On Oct. 3, Diamond and Steel will perform from 8:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.

The Oct. 4 trail ride begins at 10 a.m., with breakfast served from 7-10 a.m. Lunch will be available on the trail. There also will be horse-drawn wagon rides, vendors, a craft fair, lunch stands and a fur traders rendezvous. Horseshoe and bean bag toss tournaments begin at noon. Nashville Pipeline will provide the music beginning at 8:30 p.m.


Fair Notebook

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Shantel Schoepke, a member of the Seneca Stingers 4-H Club, rests comfortably alongside her cow Monday in the east cattle building at the Shawano County Fair.

Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Rainy weather left the fair midway practically deserted Monday morning. However, the sun came out later, bringing visitors with it.

Rain doesn’t deter attendance

Attendance at the 133rd Shawano County Fair stayed brisk, despite rain hitting the area over the last few days.

Brad Luepke, fair marketing and promotions director, said the rain only impacted some scheduled events, such as the Enduro races Friday night and the last night of the 2014 Shawano Speedway season on Saturday. Monday morning’s thunderstorm actually helped out one event — the demolition derby scheduled for 1 p.m.

Luepke said Sunday saw heavy attendance to the point that the fair was turning people away because its parking lots were full.

Vendors in the commercial building informed Luepke that they did very good business during the fair, he said. The vendors reported profits either being flat or increasing over previous years, he said.

Scavenger hunt fun new addition


Fair Notebook

Exhibit explores county history

The Shawano County Historical Society’s exhibit featuring Bars, Barrooms, Brothels and Breweries in the Farmers Exhibition building drew the most traffic inside the building all day Sunday.

Jerry Raddant, of Shawano, was one of the people interested. He heard stories about his distant cousin’s brewery in Shawano but never saw pictures until Sunday.

Missing child quickly located

Several fairgoers stopped and listened as the public address system announced a missing 3-year-old boy Sunday. After 15 minutes, the boy was found.

“It was a happy ending,” a sheriff’s deputy said.

People like walking on water

Walk on Water Balls had received more than 300 customers as of 7 p.m. Sunday. The Wausaukee-based company is making its second visit to the fair.


Magician keeps tricks coming

Magician and hypnotist Ron Lindberg, known as Rondini, kept a standing room only crowd engaged Saturday evening as the Shawano County Fairgrounds was doused with rain.

“This is 100 percent real. There is no trickery involved,” Lindberg told the audience.

The magician, who was making his first appearance at the Shawano County Fair, said he does not interact with anyone from the audience during show preparations and that hypnosis does not promote illegal activity.

“It is not that kind of show. I can’t make you do anything illegal out in Shawano,” Lindberg said.

One of the 13 volunteers was hypnotized into believing he was Elvis Presley.

The show gave some members of the audience a new appreciation of hypnosis.

Carson Graf, 16, walked away with a fuzzy recollection of the events that unfolded. He went with his friend Rory Sarenich just because they were curious.


Fair Notebook

Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Cora Pieper, 4, moves forward in the Kids Klassic Pedal Pull held underneath the grandstand Saturday morning. Pieper is the daughter of Margie and Scott Pieper.

Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Country Korner 4-H Club member Alexis Demel marches alongside her Ayrshire heifer calf at the Dairy Show in the coliseum Saturday.

Muddy track cancels Shawano Speedway races

Shawano Speedway officials made attempts to get the Saturday night race in, but for the second night in a row, races were cancelled.

Rain late afternoon forced the cancellation.

“The season at the speedway is done. We tried to get it in,” marketing director Brad Luepke said.

Getting crafty with the Fairest

Ashley Bergsbaken continued her busy fair schedule by attending multiple events Saturday, including the horse show at the Crawford Center, Kids Klassic Pedal Pull underneath the grandstand and the dairy judging contest.

She added craftsman to the list of her duties when she worked with children in the creation of crowns and tiaras at the junior fair building.

Children assembled the crowns using foam cut-outs and personalizing them with their names.

Singing sensation joins Fairest

Bowler resident Brooke Breitrick has sang “The Star Spangled Banner” prior to every event.


Fair Notebook

Leader Photo by Jason Arndt The Kary family relaxes with ice cream outside the Commercial Building at the Shawano County Fair. From left are Eliza Kary, Leonard Kary, Hazel Kary, Carol Kary and Megan Dorsch. Eliza is the granddaughter of Leonard and Carol and daughter of Megan Dorsch.

Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Julie Pintarelli, of Shawano, and Connie Jensen, of Green Bay, dance to the beat of music performed by Led West underneath the grandstand Friday at the Shawano County Fair.

Packing her basket and then some

The Leader caught up with Ashley Bergsbaken, Shawano County Fairest of the Fair, Friday afternoon as she was filling her Fairest of the Fair auction basket. It was actually a wheelbarrow, but a basket probably wouldn’t have held it all.

The contents were due to be auctioned off during the livestock auction Friday, with all proceeds going to the fair program.

Bergsbaken had a busy week, handing out ribbons and making appearances at various fair events.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” she said. “More than I hoped for, definitely. Way more. There’s been a lot of fantastic memories made so far this week.”

Bear catcher visits the fair

The woman whose phone call to the DNR in May led to the capture of that yearling bear who had been wandering around the city attacking bird feeders also was at the fair Friday.


Sweet victory for a Deere-loving family

Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Kayla Jung discusses her win with a family friend after the cake auction held at the Junior Fair Building Friday. Jung’s funfetti cake was John Deere themed and was purchased by her grandfather Bill Bowers.

Leader Photo by Jason Arndt Jeanette Pitt of the cake committee closes top bidding cake made by Kayla Jung after she received $600 at the cake auction Friday.

A grandfather’s love of John Deere tractors inspired the cake that brought the highest bid at the Shawano County Fair cake auction Friday at the fairgrounds.

Kayla Jung, a freshman at Marion High School, baked the cake, and her grandfather, Bill Bowers, submitted the winning bid.

Bowers chuckled and said the John Deere-themed funfetti cake was Kayla’s idea.

“We have a lot of tractors on our farm and we only like green,” Bowers said.

The second highest bid was $540, for a chocolate golden swirl cake by Allison Brown, of Angelica.

“It is pretty cool with her being the highest bid,” said Kayla’s father, Edgar, who noted she put a lot of work into the cake.

Jung, who has been a member of the Pella Eagles 4-H Club for eight years, brought a cake to the auction for a third time.

She said the most difficult part of making her cake was creating the frosting from scratch.


Shawano County Fair Schedule


9 a.m.: Gates open


All day: Antique Farm Tractor and Equipment Show, Crawford Center

All day: Open horse show, Coliseum

9 a.m.: Open and junior class poultry and poultry products show

9 a.m.: Junior division dairy cattle show

10 a.m.: Open division horse show

11:30 a.m.: Shawano County 4-H Cantering Clovers Drill team, Coliseum


11 a.m.: Kids Klassic Pedal Registration, Grandstand, noon start

1:30-5:30 p.m.: Gene Lettau, Presidents Park

2 p.m.: Rondini Magic Show, Junior Fair Building Stage

4 p.m.: Rondini Hypnotist Show, Junior Fair Building Stage

6 p.m.: Rondini Magic Show, Junior Fair Building Stage

6 p.m.: Stock Car Races - Championship Night, Grandstand

8:30 p.m.: Neal Zunker, Presidents Park

8:30 p.m.: Geoff Landon and Wolf Pack, under the grandstand



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