The Houghton County Fair Board handed out more than just silver plates Friday afternoon.
The group also presented the Agnes Ahola Award for the first time. It is meant for someone who has gone above and beyond for the annual event. The committee took pains to hide their decision from Carol Freeman. She was caught off guard and even shed a tear or two inside the Houghton County Arena. Freeman talks about what the honor means to her.
The Silver Plate Awards were handed out in eight categories. Cathy Isaacson won for Needlework, Jenny Dice in Culinary Arts. Pamela Hecht stood out in two categories, both Fine Arts and Folk Arts. Ruth Salo was tops in Floriculture. Sue Kesti took home a plate for Horticulture and Agriculture. The Exhibitor of the Year was Pamela Hecht. She had 28 first place entries across all categories.
Other fair event results:
Heat 1: 1st – John Manninen, 2nd – Raymond Niemi Jr.
Heat 2: 1st – Cooper Parkila, 2nd – Karl Usitalo
Heat 3: 1st – Roger Strack, 2nd – Jason Camps
Final: 1st – Cooper Parkila, 2nd – Karl Usitalo, 3rd – Jason Camps, 4th – Josh Benson and Benson delivered the best hit of the event.
Off Road Derby
Consolation Heat winners: Race One – Damien Negrish, Race Two – Raymond Niemi Jr.
Overall winners: 1st – Jesse Deforge, 2nd – Lucas Walitalo, 3rd Daniel Datto
First place winners by weight class:
3001-5000 lbs – Jim Tervo
5001-6250 lbs – Alan Juntunen
6251-7500 lbs – Howard Junkin
7501-9500 lbs – Howard Junkin
9501-12,500 lbs – Ray Wirtanen
12,501-18,000 lbs – Daniel Holley