Winners have been announced for the 2013 Missouri Day Pumpkin decorating contest.
There were 14 entries in the contest. The adult winner was Tony Barajas. Winners in the children age 14-and-under were McKenna and McKenzy Dolan, first; Sierra Bruse, second; Tyson Persinger, third; and Dylan Smith, fourth.
R-T Photo/Ronda Lickteig
The Grundy R-5 Marching Band participated in the field show competition in Saturday’s Missouri Day Marching Band Festival. A total of 56 bands took part in the event, held as part of this weekend’s Missouri Day Festival. See page 8 of today’s Republican-Times for additional photos.
R-T Photo/Ronda Lickteig
As part of the 29th annual Missouri Day Festival activities held over the weekend, persons got the chance to tour the renovations done so far at the Thompson House near Crowder State Park. A new roof and window framing has been done to the home with work now under way to reconstruct the kitchen and medical room. Students in Trenton Middle School instructor Kasey Bailey’s eighth grade social studies class also gave demonstrations typical of the 1830’s.
The weather may have been cool, but it failed to keep away the thousands of individuals who came to Trenton over the weekend for the 29th annual Missouri Day Festival.
A parade, Marching festival, tractor show, quilt show and car show highlighted activities held on Saturday and Sunday. Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Debbie Carman commended the community in its efforts in pulling off what she described as a “great Missouri Day Festival.”
“We had great crowds, vendors were happy and the community was absolutely wonderful in coming together to make this a success,” Ms. Carman said. “I think this shows how much a community can accomplish when it pulls together like Trenton did for this festival.”
Ms. Carman said there were 178 vendors at this year’s festival and many have already signed up to return for 2014, which will be the 30th annual event.
There were over 200 entries in Saturday morning’s Missouri Day Parade, sponsored by the Trenton Rotary Club. The Trenton FFA won the “Spirit of Missouri Day” award as the overall grand prize winner and best entry exemplifying the Missouri Day theme, “Honoring Our Agricultural Heritage.”
Other parade award winners include:
Best Organizational Float – Grundy County Farm Bureau.
Best Business Float – Preferred Family.
Best Overall Youth Entry – Grundy R-5 FFA.
Best Religious Entry – Salem Baptist Church.
Best Car or Truck, Pre-1960 – Quentin Brown, 1946 Chevy truck.
Best Car or Truck, Post-1960 – Jeff Eads, 2007 Corvette.
Family with Most Participants Riding in One Conveyance – Raymond Hoyt family.
Best Equestrian Entry – Alumbaugh Farms.
Oldest Farmer in Parade – Max Oyler, 95.
Best Youth Horse and Rider, Allie Prescott, Miss Rodeo Sweetheart.
Best Adult Horse and Rider – Allen Meinecke.
Best Equestrian Organization – Dale and Pat Lankford (Union Pacific).
A tractor show was held throughout the day on Saturday, hosted by Orschlen’s Farm and Home. Winners were:
Best Of Show – Larry Holder of Chillicothe.
Oldest Tractor in Show – 1. Mike Eckert of Jamesport, 2. Mary Olsen of Winston.
Best Restored Tractor – 1. Bryce Walker of Chillicothe, 2. Gary Olsen of Winston, 3. Carter Humphreys of Princeton, 4. Max Williams of Jamesport.
Best Original Tractor – Neil Peery of Trenton.
Best Piece of Farm Machinery (oldest or restored) – Mike Williams of Humphreys.
Tractor Traveling the Greatest Distance – Ron VanWinkle of Woodburn, IA.
Over 120 quilts were exhibited and/or judged during the Scrappy Quilters quilt show at the old JCPenney building.
Winners in the judged competition were 1. Cyndi Johnson, Stars Around the Garden; 2. Karen Bailey, Women of Influence; 3. Sue McIntosh, Kaleidoscope of Komfort; 4. Stacey Leininger-Clodfelter, Prairie Rose; and 4. Mary Jo Foster, Lone Star Quilt.
Best Wallhanging – Stacey Leininger-Clodfelter, Snowman Collector.
The viewers choice awards went to:
Non-Judged Entries – 1. Joyce Evans, Basket of Flowers; 2. Karen Bailey, American Stars; 3. Karen Bailey, Black and White and Red All Over.
Viewers Choice/Best of Show for judged – Flora Lee Pierce, Rose’s and Lattice.
Youth Entry – Evie Dowell, Shadows.
Christine Chaney was the winner of the quilt given away by the guild as a fundraiser.
A total of 109 cars and trucks and 12 motorcycles were entered in Sunday’s car show at Eastside Park. Larry McCollum organized the event.
Special awards were presented to Bill Pemberton of Independence, Hurst Oldsmobile, Barnes-Baker Best GM Trophy and cash award; Al Enfield of North Bend, NE, 1949 Mercury, Barnes-Baker Best Ford Trophy and cash award; Sam Caselman of Trenton, 1969 Torino GT, Promoter’s Pick; Mickey Ralls of Trenton, Rat Rod, Hard Luck Trophy; and Gary Alexander of Jamesport, 1965 Chevy Nova, Best of show.
Category winners included:
Original Car or Truck, 1949-61 – 1. Nick Gass of Trenton, 1959 Chevy Impala; 2. Ralph and Diana Strait of Des Moines, IA, 1955 Chevy.
Original Truck, 1962-72 – 1. Norman Youngman of Jamesport, 1964 Chevy; 2. Norris Warden of Lawson, 1964 Ford F100.
Original Car or Convertible, 1962-72 – 1. Stan Lazenby of Carrollton, 1965 Plymouth Satellite; 2.Michael Moore of Urbandale, IA, 1966 Pontiac.
Original Car or Convertible or Truck, 1972-2014 – 1. Dave Jennings of Trenton, 2013 Corvette; 2. Gary Minnick of Chillicothe, 1976 Pontiac Trans Am Bandit.
Street Rod Car or Truck, 1949 or Older – 1. Beverly McClain of Kirksville, 1937 Ford; 2. Dave Estes of Cameron, 1940 Ford Deluxe.
All Custom – 1. Al Infield of North Bend, NE, 1949 Mercury; 2. Harry Kately of Trenton, 1959 Chevy Impala.
Special Interest – 1. Steve Gondringer of Trenton, International Rat Rod; 2. Ben and Faith Pierson of Hamilton, 1960 Cushman Truckster.
Street Machine Car or Truck (modified from stock), 1971-2014 – 1. Aric Helmandollar of Trenton, 1954 Ford F250 Pickup; 2. Dennis Browning of Trenton, 1955 Chevy Pickup.
Street Machine Car or Truck (modified from stock), 1960-70 – 1. Bill Stage of LaPlata, 1960 Chevy El Camino; 2. John Lee of Milan, 1967 Chevelle.
Street Machine Car or Truck (modified from stock), 1971-2014 – 1. Bill Pemberton of Independence, 1972 Hurst Oldsmobile; 2. Elred Beneke of Sedalia, 2008 Mustang GT.
Unfinished – 1. Ron Scott of Harris, 1933 Dodge; 2. Larry Osborn of Des Moines, IA, 1962 Willy’s Pick-Up.
All Sports Cars and Convertibles – 1. Cody Burchett of Trenton, 2002 Mustang GT; 2. Barb Carlson of Des Moines, IA, 1988 Cadillac.
Camaro and Firebird Stock, 1967-1980 – 1. Dave Lewis of Union Star, 1967 Firebird Sprint; 2. Vince Neal of Trenton, 1967 Firebird.
Mustang Stock, 1964-1980 – 1. John and Diane Yaw Sr. of Des Monies, IA, 1965 Mustang; 2. Mike Homedale of Princeton, 1964 1/2 Mustang.
Best Vintage Motorcycle, 1975 or older – 1. Gerald Herman of Bates City, 1973 Harley Davidson x90.
Best American Motorcycle – 1. Phil Daniels of Trenton, 2013 Custom Motorcycle; 2. Scott Newkirk of Trenton, 2005 Harley Davidson.
American or Foreign Three-Wheeled Motorcycle – 1. Bill Lawson of Des Moines, IA, 2011 VW Trike.
The North Central Missouri College women’s basketball team held a 5K/10K run and walk on Sunday. There were 33 registered participants. The winners included:
5K – 1. Pam Bowden, 25:07; 2. Ayron Osborn, 25:18; 3. Zane Robinson, 26.35.
10K – 1. Roberto Garcia, 39:07; 2. Trent Crawford, 41:49; 3. Josh Jarrett, 42:44.
The Missouri Day Atlatl Tournament was held Friday through Sunday at the NCM Fairground grandstand area. Winners included:
Adult Paleo – Roger Granneman, Iowa.
Youth ISAC - Blake Williams of Trenton.
Women’s ISAC – Mary Granneman of Iowa.
Man’s ISAC – John Woods of Columbia.
Adult Rookie ISAC – Jake Erlinger of Kansas City.
Youth Rookie ISAC – Derek Stimpson of Trenton.
Monkey Challenge – Scott Sharp of Trenton.
Macon High School captured the sweepstakes award at the Missouri Day Marching Band Festival, which featured competitions involving 56 high school bands from Missouri and Iowa.
Taking second was Savannah while Oak Grove was third.
Class winners in the various categories included:
Class 1 – Linn County, 2. Polo, 3. Leeton, 4. Braymer.
Class 2 – 1. Maysville, 2. Gallatin, 3. Putnam County.
Class 3 – 1. Maryville, 2. Lawson, 3. Macon.
Class 4 – 1. Smithville, 2. Oak Grove, 3. Kirksville, 4. Excelsior Springs.
Class 5 – 1. North Kansas City, 2. Liberty North, 3. St. Joseph Central.
Indoor Drum Line
Class 1 – 1. Polo, 2. Moravia, IA, 3. North Harrison.
Class 2 – 1. South Harrison A, 2. Gallatin, 3. Fayette.
Class 3 – 1. Macon, 2. Maryville, 3. Hallsville.
Class 4 – 1. Grandview, 2. Oak Grove, 3. Smithville, 4. Savannah.
Class 5 – 1. St. Joseph Central, 2. Park Hill, 3. Staley of North Kansas City.
Drum Major/Field Auxiliary
Class 1 – Glasgow (both).
Class 2 – Fayette (drum major), South Harrison (field auxiliary).
Class 3 – North Platte (drum major), Maryville (field auxiliary).
Class 4 – Grandview (drum major), Oak Grove (field auxiliary).
Class 5 – Oak Park (drum major), Staley of North Kansas City (field auxiliary).
Class 1 – 1. Princeton, 2. Leeton, 3. Glasgow, 4. Norborne, 5. Linn County.
Class 2 – 1. Gallatin, 2. Fayette, 3. Putnam County.
Class 3 – 1. Macon, 2. Maryville, 3. Lafayette County of Higginsville.
Class 4 – 1. Savannah, 2. Oak Grove, 3. Chillicothe.
Class 1 – 1. Glasgow, 2. DeKalb, 3. Stanberry.
Class 2 – 1. Fayette, 2. Lone Jack, 3. South Harrison.
Class 3 – 1. Macon, 2. Maryville, 3. Carrollton, 4. Hallsville.
Class 4 – 1. Grandview, 2. Savannah, 3. Oak Grove, 4. Pleasant Hill.
Class 5 – 1. Park Hill, 2. Oak Park, 3. Staley of North Kansas City, 4. North Kansas City.
Trenton FFA Advisory Kabel Oaks was the guest speaker at Thursday’s Missouri Day Festival Opening Ceremonies.
Ceremonies were held on Thursday night at the First Baptist Church to officially open the 2013 Missouri Day Festival.
“Honoring our Agricultural Heritage” is the theme of this year’s festival, with members of the Trenton and Grundy R-5 FFA chapters serving as grand marshal’s for this year’s parade. Trenton FFA advisor Kabel Oaks was the guest speaker.
Oaks, who was a member of the Grundy R-5 FFA chapter and served as the state FFA president during the 2006-2007 school year while a student at the University of Missouri-Columbia, told of his experiences as an FFA member and how agriculture “is the foundation of who we are and what we do in Grundy County.”
“I was visiting with a photographer who was here from the Missouri Photo Workshop and she told me that she could tell that agriculture and farming were a pretty big deal around here,” he said. “I would say she nailed it on the head. It doesn’t take someone long to notice that agriculture is part of our heritage.”
Oaks went on to describe how the agriculture heritage of the area lives on through the Grundy County FFA members and their involvement in agricultural education, participation in FFA activities and their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) projects.
“I had a conversation with one of my students, Derek (Stimpson), who works for Gary Bunnell, who is a local farmer and former FFA member,” Oaks said. “He told me that he was talking with Gary about FFA and that Gary had told him he was the third person from Trenton to receive the American FFA degree. I thought that was a pretty cool moment, when a connection was made between the two through our FFA and agricultural heritage.”
Oaks went on to say that the student began asking how he could obtain his FFA degree.
“And it’s moments like these that makes me proud as an ag teacher, knowing that our ag programs are moving students in the right direction.”
He noted that both the Trenton and Grundy R-5 chapters have a long heritage in Grundy County. He said there are over 170 current FFA members countywide and that both chapters have been chartered for over 85 years. In addition, 10 FFA members from Grundy County have been state FFA officers and that over 70 FFA members have received the American FFA Degree, which is the highest degree bestowed in the organization. Over 280 students have earned their Missouri State FFA degree.
“And none of this could have been possible without the support of this community and our emphasis in agricultural education.”
He concluded that the Missouri Day parade on Saturday “will showcase our agricultural heritage.”
“From floats featuring present and past members of the FFA to groups on horseback, to antique tractors, our Missouri Day Parade will pay tribute to the backbone of this county and of this country,” he said. “And as we honor our agricultural heritage, the Missouri Day Parade will also give us a glimpse of what our future looks like; our students marching in the bands, wearing their FFA jackets and those involved in other clubs and organizations today will be our leaders tomorrow.”
Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Debbie Carman gave the welcome and talked about the schedule of events for the festival as well as introducing special guests and those who have been assisting with preparations for this year’s festival.
Winners of various judging contests were announced and included:
Hay Bale Judging
Grand Prize Winner – Affordable Vet Care, 1906 E. Eighth St.
Window and Entryway Decorating
1. Lockridge, Constant and Conrad, 801 Main St.; 2. Hy-Vee Food Store, 1617 E. Ninth St.; Lucky Dog Embroidery, 922 Main St.
Residential – 1. Jeremy Savage and Misty Mathews, 1709 Carnes; 2. Candy Simmons, 1715 Main St.
Business – 1. Affordable Vet Care, 1906 E. Eight St.; 2. Sunnyview Nursing Home and Apartments, 1311 E. 28th St.
Pre-School – 1. Elana Hamilton, Green Hills Head Start; 2. Lydia Smiley, Green Hills Head Start; 3. Trinity Barrer, Trenton R-9.
Kindergarten – 1. Mattea Havens, Rissler Elementary School; 2. Mathew Bowden, Rissler Elementary School; 3. Cole Whitham, Rissler Elementary School.
First Grade – 1. Mirena King, Rissler Elementary School; 2. Graci Crouse, Rissler Elementary School; 3. Astrid Soriano, Pleasant View R-6 School.
Second Grade – 1. Katelyn Clark, Rissler Elementary School; 2. Jozie Rorebeck, Rissler Elementary School; 3. Carly Smith, Grundy R-5 Elementary School.
Third Grade – 1. Lydia Leininger, Rissler Elementary School; 2. Makenzee Epperson, Rissler Elementary School; 3. Grayson Coon, Rissler Elementary School.
Fourth Grade – 1. Hannah Bowe, Laredo R-7 School; 2. Shelby McConnell, Rissler Elementary School; 3. Harley Hall, Pleasant View R-6 School.
Fifth Grade – 1. Cooper Lewis, Laredo R-7 School.
Sixth Grade – 1. Tanner Williams, Laredo R-7 School; 2. Aubrey Gann, Grundy R-5 Elementary School; 3. Raven May, Laredo, R-7 School.
The evening ended with a performance by the Trenton High School Show Choir, Gold Rush.
Missouri Day Festival activities scheduled today include a quilt show preview at the old JCPenney building from 5 to 8 p.m; and a taco dinner and chair auction at the First Christian Chuch to benefit the Dream Factory, with the dinner starting at 64 p.m. and the auction at 7:30 p.m. A dance featuring the band “Young Country” will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. at the North 65 Center.
Food and craft vendors will be open throughout the weekend in the Rock Barn, courtyard and pavillion areas.
Saturday events include a breakfast at the Masonic Hall, the parade, the marching band festival and a petting zoo while Sunday’s schedule features a 5K/10K walk/run, a car show, the Mic-O-Say dancers and the Super Star Dancers.
Events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday include an atlatl tournament and a quilt show. The museum will be open both days.
Over 200 entries will be in line for the Missouri Day Festival Parade, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.
The Trenton Rotary Club is sponsoring the event, which leaves from the corner of Crowder Road and Main Street and continues down Main Street before turning onto Ninth Street and continuing to Bulldog Avenue and Eastside Park. Bands participating in the Missouri Day Band Festival will leave the parade lineup at Normal Street to allow them time to get to Trenton High School, where evaluative competitions will be taking place.
The theme for this year’s parade is “Honoring Our Agricultural Heritage.” Members of the Trenton and Grundy R-5 FFA are serving as the grand marshals.
Cash prizes are being awarded in several categories, including the “Spirit of Missouri,” given to the entry that best represents the parade theme. Other categories include best business float, best organizational float, best youth entry, best religious entry, best car or truck 1961 or newer, best car or truck pre-1960, family with most participants riding in one conveyance, best equestrian entry, oldest farmer (man or woman) in the parade, best youth and rider, best adult horse and rider, best equestrian organization, best oldest or restored tractor and the oldest tractor in the parade. Plaques will be presented to the best restored tractor (four places), the top two entries in the oldest tractor category, first place to the best original tractor, first place to the best piece of farm machinery (oldest or restored) in the parade and the tractor traveling the greatest distance for the parade.
The line-up as of this morning includes (parade entries are subject to additions and changes. Numbers with no listing are being used for late entries):
1. Trenton Police
2. Missouri Day Banner carried by FFA
3. FFA Color Guard
4. Grand Marshal Float – FFA Chapters of Grundy R-5 and Trenton High School
5. Trenton High School Marching Band
6. Trenton FFA Float
7. THS Homecoming King and Queen
8. Grundy County Rural Fire Department
9. American Legion Post 31 Float
10. Neil Peery – 1933 Farmall F-20
11. Stanberry High School Band
12. Grundy County Ambulance
13. Leisure Lake Association
14. Trenton Mayor
15. Local, State and National PAS Officers and Dr. Jon Hagler
16. Osborn High School Band
17. Miss Missouri
18. Leo Rehbein – 1947 M Farmall
19. Darrell Delameter – 1946 VAC Case
20. Salem Baptist Church
21. Polo High School Band
22. Harry Klinginsmith – 1934 Ford Truck
23. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ocker – FFA Alumni with Dave Woodson, 1959 Impala
24. Missouri State Fair Queen
25. Larry Konz – 1943 John Deere B
26. Black Silo Winery with Duane Urich, 1938 A John Deere
27. Grundy R-5 High School Band
28. Grundy R-5 FFA Float
29. Raymond Hoyt Family – Covered Wagon and Team
30. First Baptist Church AWANA
31. Miss Rodeo Missouri
32. NCMC Ag Club
33. Linn County High School Band
34. Tom Stickler – 1959 Farmall 460
35. Mike Ransdell – 1971 El Camino
36. Cory Minnis – 1957 John Deere 720 Diesel
37. Farmers Bank of Northern Missouri and Missouri Corn Car with Missouri State FFA Officers
38. Pattonsburg High School Band
39. KC Royals Sluggerrrrrr
40. Larry Swank – 1950 John Deere MT
41. Dub Wilson and Jordan Miller, 1947 Farmall E
42. Oak Leaf Achievers 4-H Club
43. Braymer High School Band
44. Elks Lodge
45. Elks Lodge
46. Elks Lodge
47. Elks Lodge
48. Elks Lodge – Drug Prevention Van
49. Leeton High School Band
50. Jack Clark – 1953 Golden Jubilee Ford
51. Miss North Central Missouri Fair
53. Murphy Brown
54. Murphy Brown
55. Princeton High School Band
56. Galt Baptist Church
57. Charlie’s Garden
58. Lynn and Carol Westcott
59. C.R. and Karen Wilson
60. Leon Spencer – 1930 Model A Ford
61. Norborne High School Band
62. Lawson Ralls – 1953 Chevy Pick-up
63. John Murphy – 1949 WD Allis Chalmers
64. Muddy the Mudcat
65. Jay Ratliff
66. Glasgow High School Band
67. Miss Calamity Jane
68. Toot Toot the Train
69. Saint Luke’s Hospice
70. Flowers by Sarah
71. Rock Port High School Band
72. Galt Fire Department and Junior Fire Fighters
73. Matt Ray – 1964 IHC 656
74. Duane DeMoss – 1958 John Deere 730 Gas
75. Winston High School FFA
76. Albany High School Band
77. Gary Olsen, 1930 Twin City Model 2132
78. Laredo Busy Bees 4-H
79. Max Williams – 1951 Farmall
80. Liberty Baptist Church
81. East Buchanan High School
82. Miss Old Settlers
83. US Bank
84. Preferred Family Healthcare
85. Dyke and Sharon Young – 1963 Chevy
86. Gary Olsen – 1958 Minneapolis Moline UTS
87. Maysville High School Band
88. Livingston County 4-H State Marksman Champions with Bryce Walker, 1958 John Deere 63
89. Sunnyview Nursing Home and Apartments
90. Prewitt’s Deer Processing
91. Mickey Ralls – 1037 Chevy Rat Rod
92. Sweet Springs High School Band
93. Trenton High School Softball Team
94. Barnes Baker Motors
95. THS Bulldog Mascots
96. Casey General Store
97. IT WORKS
98. Dewayne Place – 1951 Super C Farmall
99. Putnam County High School Band
100. Cindy Jennings – 1966 Dodge Charger
101. Dave Jennings – 2005 Callaway Edition Corvette
102. Jeff Eads/Trends by Sheila – 2007 Corvette
103. Kevin Klinginsmith/K-Jam DJ Service – 2008 Corvette
104. Kevin Klinginsmith
105. Miss NEMO Fair
106. Fayette High School Band
107. Show-Me Jeep Club
108. Show-Me Jeep Club
109. Show-Me Jeep Club
110. Show-Me Jeep Club
111. Show-Me Jeep Club
112. Show-Me Jeep Club
113. Show-Me Jeep Club
114. Show-Me Jeep Club
115. Gallatin High School Band
116. Alumbaugh Farms of Trenton
117. Sullivan County Fair Queen and Princess
118. Dottie and Carol Johnson – 1949 WF Allis Chalmers
119. ELB Fire Protection District
120. Farmers State Bank with Sam Grinstead, Team of Horses
121. Blair Oaks High School Band
122. Grundy County Extension Council
123. Miss Carroll County Fair Queen
124. Grundy County Farm Bureau
125. Justin McKnight Walk of Honor
126. Department of Veteran Affairs
127. Dick Hoover -1955 Chevy “King Turkey Farms”
128. Hallsville High School Band
129. NCMC Teacher Education Program
130. Drew Minnis – 1958 D 520
131. Dave Remus – 1956 Wheatland Model 80 John Deere
133. L&P Dance Performance Center
134. Lawson High School Band
135. Steve Gondringer – 1956 IH Rat Rod
136. Fast Lane Family Entertainment Center
137. Eddie Oswalt and Nichole Oswalt – 1938A John Deere and 1935B John Deere
138. Livingston County Fair Queen and Court
139. Charley Chapman – 1959 445 Minneapolis Moline
140. Panther County 4-H Club
141. Tenth Street Baptist Church
142. Lafayette County High School Band
143. Mercer Fire Protection District
144. Blaine Siever – 1929 Model A Ford
145. Bailey Prichard – 1946 B Farmall
146. David Prichard – 1944 2N Ford
147. State Rep. Casey Guernsey
148. Ron Van Winkle – 1956 John Deere 70
149. Sean Vaughn – 1951 John Deere G
150. Maryville High School Band
151. Chris’ Tree Service with Chris Middaugh, 1953 Ford Jubilee
152. Immanuel Lutheran Church
153. Bob Wilson – 1979 Corvette
154. Renea Lynch and Joy Stotts
155. Styles Unlimited
156. Grand River Technical School 1923 Roadster
157. ASAP Locksmith
158. Chillicothe High School Band
159. Chillicothe FFA
160. Chillicothe High School Homecoming Queen
161. El Nopal
162. Dakota Cutsinger – 1940 H Farmall
163. First Christian Church
164. Missouri Retired School Personnel
166. Center High School Band
167. Trenton Cinema
168. Colton Wyant – 1959 Ford Fairlane
169. Damien Miller – 1950F Farmall
173. Danny Gott – 1941 John Deere B
174. Chris Gott – 1948 Cub
175. Savannah High School Band
176. Grundy Electric Cooperative
177. Moila Shriners – Multiple Units
178. Kindred Chevrolet
179. Kindred Chevrolet
180. Eckert Family – 1936 John Deere A
181. Eckert Family – 1929 John Deere D
182. Anderson’s Body Shop
183. Smithville High School Band
184. Carter Humphreys -1968 Massey Ferguson 135
185. Tyler Vaughn – 1952 A
186. Tad Cunningham – 1962 Massey Ferguson 65
187. Kaydee Cunningham – Antique Plow
188. Joe Capeder – 1956 400 Farmall
189. Vance Brown – 1953 WD 45 Allis Chalmers
190. David Key – 1937 Oliver
191. Oak Grove High School Band
192. Miss Rodeo Sweetheart and Randy & Joyce Eads
193. Gilman City Fire Protection District
194. Allen Meinecke
195. Mike Williams – 1949 John Deere B
196. NCMC Trail Riders
197. Larry Grothe – 1938 AC B
198. Elizabeth Glass and Bethany Engelman
199. Larry Holder – 1950 Case 200
200. Ruth Bru
201. Justin Jones, antique wagon and horse
202. Lawrence Hinnen – 1950 GMC 2 Ton
203. Carson Coram and Roy Thomas
204. Tracy Morrison
205. North Missouri Saddle Club
206. Dale and Pat Lankford
207. The Wilson Family Barrell Racers
208. Elizabeth Gray
209. Tenna Roberts and Katarina Black
210. Quentin Brown – 1957 720 John Deere
211. Trenton Police
Retired Cameron businessman and farmer Charles Ocker, pictured fourth from right, joined his National FFA Officer Team for a visit with President Harry Truman during Ocker’s time as National FFA President.
by Steve Maxey
R-T Special Correspondent
When the Missouri Day Festival parade rolls on Saturday morning, hundreds of participants and viewers will swell up with pride as the Future Farmers of America are honored as grand marshals of the parade. Many will recall the days when they too donned the traditional “blue jacket” representative of the dignity of the 85-year-old organization. But one such man riding in the parade will have special feelings knowing how FFA changed his life – professionally and personally.
Charles Ocker of Cameron grew up on the family farm just south of Cameron. He just knew that he would always be a farmer and made plans early on to pursue his education in agriculture and the planning would begin with membership in the FFA. At Cameron High School, he became very involved in the Future Farmers of America. Among his specialties in the organization was public speaking and that earned him extensive recognition and was a strong platform for which his future would revolve around. He not only won the local and area public speaking contests, but the state competition as well and finished third place in the national contest. His topic was “Better Living Through Balanced Farming” and today he can quote parts of that award winning speech.
Through FFA, Hereford cattle were introduced to the Ocker farm as one of Charles’ many FFA projects. Another notable event, Charles was elected secretary of the Cameron FFA Chapter, a position that undoubtedly would prepare him for similar positions in the future. He also received both the State Farmer and the American Farmer degrees and is extremely proud of both.
Charles was elected the Missouri State FFA Secretary and the following year was chosen the National FFA Secretary, both positions that Ocker credits opening many doors for him. Through these offices, he met hundreds of outstanding individuals, including friendships that would last a lifetime.
Among the most notable acquaintances was a fellow Missourian – President Harry S. Truman. Ocker says he will never forget when the National Officer Team for the FFA met President Truman in the White House. Just being there was a treat, but Ocker says when President Truman realized that he was a national officer from his home state of Missouri, the President asked where he was from. “Cameron” was his response and the President was excited knowing that his home was not terribly far from Independence.
“We made an immediate connection,” says Ocker and the photo that accompanies this story is representative of that visit.
Ocker enrolled in the University of Missouri-Columbia with plans to pursue an agriculture education major. But after a year and a half at college, he was called back to Cameron to assist with the farming operation and so a return to Cameron and the family farm took priority. His higher education was now on hold and likely not to ever again be an opportunity.
Plans changed again when Ocker was called into the military, where he served in the U.S. Army, and he attended guided missile school in Ft. Bliss, TC as well as a year assignment where he was stationed in Alaska.
Following his discharge from the Army, Charles returned once again to the family farm in Cameron. His mind was made up that he would make this a lifetime career and he was content with that arrangement until another door opened – this time to work for the “National Future Farmer” – a monthly magazine published in Alexandria, VA. It was here that he would serve as the midwest regional advertising manager and to promote not only an organization that had helped mold his life, but one that would find a very special door opening for him.
An attractive southern belle from North Carolina was a receptionist for the magazine and well, it must have been love at first sight. After a short courtship, they were married in 1958. A relocation to the state of Connecticut and a new career opportunity was next for the Ockers when Charles was offered a position with the “Progressive Farmer” magazine as the regional advertising manager. Years later, he was also instrumental in launching the advertising portion of another new magazine, “Southern Living.” This magazine can still be found on the coffee table in the Ocker home – a publication the couple enjoys very much.
Many influential people were once again a part of the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Ocker, including Andy Rooney, who just happened to be their neighbor. Both Charles and Shirley recall Rooney as a young man and Shirley worked with Mrs. Rooney, adding to their friendship. Both the Ockers laugh and say they are not surprised that Rooney became a very successful columnist, remembering that he constantly had his nose in a book or a pen in hand. More excitement in the Ocker family, the arrival of two sons – Bob and Jim – to make the family complete.
Ocker’s father, still on the family farm in Cameron and in business for himself, began to make plans for his own retirement. The Ocker Insurance Company and extensive leadership in both the Cameron Mutual Insurance Company and Farmers Mutual of Clinton County had been equally important to the senior Ocker and his family. But now the opportunity for young Charles to come home was inviting: enjoying the farm that he grew up on and getting a taste of sales in the insurance industry. It was inviting to Charles but not to Shirley, who loved the big city life and the bustle of activity.
The success of Charles Ocker was immediate and his background in sales, advertising and amazing people skills were all been beneficial for Charles to succeed in the insurance world. So much so that in later years he was named “Missouri Insurance Agent of the Year,” indicative of his success. After a long career in the Ocker Insurance Agency, the torch was passed on to his son, Jim Ocker, who today leads the firm along with his wife and a very capable staff.
The Ockers have been not only prominent in the business community of Cameron but in their church, Rotary, the local hospital foundation and on and on. Both Ockers are Paul Harris fellows – the most influential recognition bestowed upon individuals by Rotary International.
Both Charles and Shirley are quick to tell you that the Future Farmers organization made a difference in each of their lives and that many doors of opportunity were realized through their involvement. Today the Ockers are proud to show the many awards and scrapbooks that represent their lives and FFA is the theme of their recognition. Perhaps no one is any more proud of being a member of FFA than Charles Ocker. The Trenton Rotary Club is honored to have Charles Ocker (at the amazing age of 81) and his lovely wife, Shirley (who celebrates her birthday on parade day) joining hundreds of other young people in “blue jackets” as the organization is honored as grand marshals of the 29th Missouri Day Festival Parade.
Opening ceremonies for the 2013 Missouri Day Festival have been set for 7 p.m. on Thursday at the First Baptist Church.
The event will be preceded by a soup supper, sponsored by the Trenton Ministerial Alliance, which will be held in the church basement from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
“Honoring Our Agricultural Heritage” is the theme of this year’s festival. The opening ceremonies will get under way with the presentation of the colors by local Boy Scouts. Elizabeth Gibson will sing “The Star Spangled Banner” and Sharon Jaharus of the Foursquare Church will give the invocation.
Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Debbie Carman will give the welcome and make introductions, then recognize the grand marshals of the parade – current and past members of the Trenton and Grundy R-5 FFA chapters. Current Trenton FFA advisor Kabel Oaks, who is also an alumnus of the R-5 FFA, will be the guest speaker.
Several contest winners will be recognized, including the coloring/drawing contest, yard decorating, window and entryway decorating and hay bale decorating.
Following conclusion of the opening ceremonies, members of the Trenton High School Choir will perform .
The opening ceremonies kick off the 2013 Missouri Day celebration, which continues through Sunday, Oct. 20 in the Rock Barn/North Central Missouri Fair area. Activities include a chair auction, a dance, a parade, a band festival, a car show, a flea market, craft and food vendors, an atlatl tournament and a quilt show. A schedule of activities will be published in Thursday’s Republican-Times.
Additional flags have been sponsored for this weekend’s Missouri Day Festival by the following contributors:
Klinginsmith TV and Appliance; Brad and Teresa Cross, in memory of John Hawkins, WWII veteran, and in honor of Dr. Albert Cross, Korean War veteran, and Brad Cross, U.S. Air Force; Shippen Construction Company; Shippen Automotive Repair; Tom and Sarah Brown, in honor of Tommy Brown; in memory of Wynn Hickman, Korean War veteran, by his family; Main Stop, Lee and Laura Peters; Grundy County Lumber Company; in honor of Terry and Sue Allnutt and Matt Allnutt; Mike and Amy Moore, in memory of Clyde Murphy and in memory of Marion Gillen; the Jim Cox family, in memory of Ernest Melson, WWII veteran; in honor of Willard Klint Witten and James Allen Witten; Robert and Patty Axtell, in honor of all veterans; Sharon Allen, in memory of Elmo B. Little, WWII veteran, and Richard Allen; and the Steve McKay and David Simpson families, in memory of Glen Robertson, U.S. Army WWI veteran, and B.J. Clark, U.S. Air Force Korean Conflict veteran.
Over 80 sponsors have supported this project, which includes the purchase of Missouri and/or U.S. flags that will be displayed along the Missouri Day Parade route throughout the weekend. Persons wanting to sponsor a flag can contact Rick Klinginsmith or Steve Maxey.
Music will be in the air on Saturday as 55 high school bands will be coming to town to participate in the 17th Missouri Day Marching Band Festival.
Evaluative events are being provided the bands in parade, auxiliary, drumline and field show. The auxiliary and drum line competitions will be held in the high school gymnasium and are open to the public at no charge. The field show will be held at C.F. Russell Stadium with admission of $5 for adults and $3 for children ages sixth grade and older being charged. Children below sixth grade will be admitted free of charge.
The parade kicks off at 8:30 a.m. and will feature 30 bands in competition. They include Stanberry, Osborn, Polo, Grundy R-5 of Galt, Linn County of Purdin, Pattonsburg, Braymer, Leeton, Princeton, Norborne, Glasgow and Rock Port in class 1; Albany, East Buchanan of Gower, Maysville, Sweet Springs, Putnam County of Unionville, Fayette and Gallatin in Class 2; Blair Oaks of Jefferson City, Hallsville, Lawson, Lafayette County of Higginsville, Maryville and Macon in Class 3; and Chillicothe, Kansas City Center, Savannah, Smithville and Oak Grove in Class 4. Trenton will be marching in exhibition.
Auxiliary competition gets under way at 9:45 a.m. in the gym. The schedule include:
9:45 a.m., North Harrison; 9:53, LaPlata; 10:01, Fairfax; 10:09, DeKalb; 10:17, Polo; 10:25, Rock Port; 10:33, Leeton; 10:41, Linn County; 10:49, Braymer; 10:57, West Platte; 11:05, South Harrison; 11:13, Putnam County; 11:21, Maysville; 11:20, Gallatin; 11:37, Trenton (in exhibition); 11:45, Macon; 11:53, Lawson;
12:01 p.m., Maryville; 12:09, Missouri Western State University Golden Griffon Colorguard (exhibition); 12:25, Pleasant Hill; 12:41, Grandview; 12:49, Kansas City Center; 12:57, St. Joseph Benton; 1:05, Kirksville; 1:13, Savannah; 1:21, Excelsior Springs; 1:29, Oak Grove; 1:37, Smithville; 1:45, Liberty North; 1:53, St. Joseph Central; and 2:01, North Kansas City.
Drumline competition starts promptly at 2:20 p.m., also in the gym. The schedule includes:
2:20, St. Joseph Benton; 2:30, Pleasant Hill; 2:40, Kansas City Center; 2:50, Kirksville; 3:00, Smithville; 3:10, Savannah; 3:20, Grandview; 3:30, Excelsior Springs; 3:40, Cameron; 3:50, Oak Grove; 4:00, Park Hill of Kansas City; 4:10, North Kansas City; 4:20, Liberty North; 4:30, Staley of North Kansas City: 4:40, St. Joseph Central; 4:50, Oak Park; 5:00, Missouri Western State University Golden Griffon Drumline (exhibition); 5:20, North Harrison; 5:30, Polo; 5:40, Pattonsburg; 5:50, Leeton; 6:00, Moravia, IA; 6:10, South Harrison B; 6:20, Fayette; 6:30, South Harrison A; 6:40, Gallatin; 6:50, Trenton (exhibition); 7:00, Carrollton; 7:10, Hallsville; 7:20, Lawson; 7:30, Macon; and 7:40, Maryville.
The field competition begins at 11:45 a.m. at C.F. Russell Stadium. The schedule features:
11:45, Stanberry; noon, Grundy R-5; 12:15, DeKalb; 12:30, Glasgow; 12:45, Albany; 1:00, Lathrop; 1:15, Fayette; 1:30, South Harrison; 1:45, Lone Jack; 2:00, West Platte; 2:15, Break; 2:30, Trenton (exhibition); 2:45, North Platte; 3:00, Carrollton; 3:15, Lawson; 3:30, Lafayette County; 3:45, Hallsville; 4:00, Maryville; 4:15, Macon; 4:30, St. Joseph Lafayette; 4:45, Kansas City Center; 5:00, Kirksville; 5:15, Smithville; 5:30, Pleasant Hill; 5:45, Excelsior Springs; 6:00, Oak Grove; 6:15, Savannah; 6:30, Grandview; 6:45, Break; 7:00, Winnetonka of North Kansas City; 7:15, Park Hill; 7:30, Staley; 7:45, North Kansas City; 8:00, St. Joseph Central; 8:15, Liberty North; 8:30, Oak Park; 8:45, Missouri Western State University Golden Griffon Band (exhibition); and 9:15, awards.
With well over 200 entries in this Saturday’s Missouri Day Festival Parade, officials from the Trenton Rotary Club are reminding participants that for the safety of children no candy or other items are to be thrown from moving parade entries.
Organizers will allow individuals to walk alongside their floats, cars or other conveyances and hand out treats. It is the hope of all Rotarians that no child will be injured by running into the street to collect candy and with the number of tractors, horses and several large entries, parade officials are taking this measure to assure safety for all.
Parade entrants will be notified early this week of positions in the parade line-up and residents of Crowder Road and adjacent streets are reminded of the need to move vehicles off the street by 5 a.m on Saturday to allow for parade line-up. Other streets affected include Cedar from 10th to Crowder, Main from Ninth to 15th, Lulu from Tinsman Avenue to 15th, Crowder from Norton to Lulu, Mable from Tinsman Avenue to 15th, 12th Street from Cedar to Main, 13th Street from Cedar to Main, Normal Street from Ninth to 17th on both sides and Chestnut from Crowder to 17th. Vehicles may be returned by noon.
It is estimated that over 10,000 visitors will be in Trenton for the 29th annual Missouri Day Festival week-end and residents and businesses are encouraged to spruce up their homes and storefronts by providing a welcoming feel to the community. Businesses are also asked to place “Welcome to Missouri Day” on store marquees.