Archive for Saturday, August 3, 2013

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12:00 a.m.
A large crowd watches as the first heat of the Demolition Derby is whittled to five cars on Friday, Aug. 2, at the Douglas County Fair. Demolition derby drivers duke it out at fair
August 2, 2013
Engines revving, exhausts blazing, bodies battered, tires twisted, and with various pieces falling off, competitors in the Douglas County Fair’s demolition derby took aim at each other in multiple heats in the mud-filled outdoor arena Friday night. The competition pitted junker against junker — creating even more junk as the night went on — in what has come to be not only a favorite event at the county fair, but one that some participants have grown up in. By Meagan Thomas
12:00 p.m.
Michael Beard, chef and co-owner of 715 restaurant, prepares a locally sourced meal of chimichurri-marinated leg of lamb with sauteed potatoes, fresh tomatoes and toum — a Lebanese lemon and garlic sauce — Friday evening at the Douglas County Fair Chefs Challenge. Chefs pack plates with local flavor at annual cooking challenge
August 2, 2013
Eileen Horn was shuffling score sheets after the judges’ last bites at the third annual Chefs Challenge Friday evening at the Douglas County Fair. “They have never been this close,” said Horn, the county sustainability coordinator, “and it looks like this was gut-wrenching for the judges.” Three dishes, all jam-packed with locally sourced ingredients and bold but balanced flavors. Whose would win? By Sara Shepherd
3:52 p.m.
Kent Shrack, Lawrence, left, pulls a shovel dragging his grandson Ethan Shrack, 2, and Ethan's dad Patrick Stallbaumer, Lawrence, in an obstacle course event during the Barnyard Olympics at the Douglas County Fair Saturday, August 3, 2013. 4-H’ers let loose with crazy competition on final day of fair
August 3, 2013
Thousands of cups of lemonade, 400 blooming onions, 700 bags of kettle corn, 900 funnel cakes and 1,080 corn dogs later, the weeklong Douglas County Fair has come to an end. But before the exhibits were taken down and the food vendors had retired their treats until next summer, one event on Saturday drew cheers from crowded bleachers in the judging arena. Thirty-one teams competed in the Barnyard Olympics, an obstacle course challenge for 4-H Club members that is a signature event on the final day of the fair. By Nicole Wentling

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