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Sixty-Third Annual Tri-County Fair Set To Open Wednesday

FAIR DAYS AHEAD – The 63rd annual Pana Tri-County Fair starts Wednesday, Aug. 31, and runs through Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 5.

Sunday afternoon, Aug. 28, some of the concessions and carnival rides began to arrive on the grounds.

Forecasters are calling for some hot weather as the fair gets started with temperatures at or near 100 degrees Wednesday through Friday. It cools down into the 80’s for the remainder of the fair and there is a slight chance of rain on Saturday and Sunday.

                                                                                                                                      (Tom Latonis Photo)

For the 63rd time, the gates to the Pana Tri-County Fair swing wide as it gets underway Wednesday, Aug. 31. The fair runs through Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 5.

There will be lots of food vendors, plenty of rides and games on the midway and exhibits and demonstrations throughout the fairgrounds.

Despite some state budget cuts to funding, the fair has been able to maintain offering prizes to most of their contests.

The state budget woes have also impacted the horse racing side when it comes to premiums, but the fair is maintaining its complete schedule of racing, starting with harness racing on Friday afternoon, Sept. 2, at 5:00 p.m. There is thoroughbred racing on Saturday, Sept. 3, at 1:30 p.m. and harness racing is back on the schedule for Sunday and Monday, Sept. 4 and 5, also with 1:30 p.m. post times both days.

No major construction projects at the fairgrounds were undertaken this year. However, a lot of time has been spent on grass mowing, painting and general maintenance to make the fairgrounds attractive for the annual event. Several of the buildings have also had a new protective coating placed on their roofs.

Wednesday will see a new Miss Pana Tri-County Fair crowned. In addition, the pageants for Junior Miss and Little Miss Pana Tri-County Fair will be held. Those contests will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Also on Wednesday, at 8:00 a.m., the Goat Show will be held in the Livestock Pavilion.

Each day there will be arm-band times for the rides on the midway. They are $16 each and are good Wednesday through Friday evenings, and matinees Saturday through Monday.

Grandstand shows continue on Thursday, Sept. 2, with the ISPA/IHFSPA tractor pull. It will get underway at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday, there are more truck pulls which take place at 7:00. The Mud Drags, also starting at 7:00 p.m., is on Sunday night. Monday night concludes with the Demolition Derby which begins at 7:00.

A Speed Show takes place in the Arena on the south side of the fairgrounds at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Judging in the Livestock Building takes places on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. with the Beef and Steer Show. The Swine Show is Sunday at 8:00 a.m.

Judging in the “Cap” Satterlee Ag Building is on Thursday and Saturday. Entries in both the adult (Thursday) and junior ag (Saturday) departments is from 8:00-11:00 a.m. both days. Both divisions will be judged at 1:00 p.m. on their respective days.

The Beer Tent is open Friday through Monday. Bands will be featured Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. each night. The Beer Tent is also open Friday through Monday afternoons for lunch and the horse racing cards. It closes Monday at the conclusion of the horse races.

Admission is $1 per person at the gate. A season pass can be purchased for $5. Concession and Exhibitor passes are also $5 each, and there is a $3 Exhibitor’s pass.

Season box seat tickets are on sale in the fairgrounds office for $100 for a box of six seats for each night of the fair.

Grandstand events are: Wednesday – $3 general/$5 box seat (1); Thursday – $5 general/$7 box seat; Friday – Harness racing, free; Quad races – $3 general/$5 box seat; Saturday – $5 general/$7 box seat; Sunday – $5 general/$7 box seat; and Monday – $6 general/$8 box seat. For children, general grandstand admission is free for 5 and under and those 6-12, $3, except Wednesday, $2 and Friday, $1 general admission.

Pit passes are available Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights for $10 per person, regardless of age. For Monday night, a pit pass is $15 per person, regardless of age.

For more information about the fair, stop by the office located underneath the grandstands or, call 562-2514 for more information.

Following is the schedule of events for the 63rd annual Pana Tri-County Fair:

Wednesday, Aug. 31

8:00 a.m., Goat Show; 6:00-10:00 p.m., Carnival ride arm-bands ($16); 6:30 p.m., Little, Junior and Miss Pana Tri-County Fair pageants.

Thursday, Sept. 1

6:00-10:00 p.m., Carnival ride arm-bands ($16); 7:00 p.m., ISPA/IHFSPA Tractor Pull (Grandstand).

Friday, Sept. 2

5:00 p.m., Harness racing (free grandstand for harness race); 6:00-10:00 p.m., Carnival ride arm-bands ($16); 7:30 p.m., Speed Show (Arena); 8:00 p.m., Quad Races (Grandstand $3 general admission, $5 box seat); Beer Tent, band, 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 3

8:00 a.m., Beef and Steer Show (Livestock Building); 8:00-11:00 a.m., Entries accepted in Ag Dept. and Jr. Ag Dept. (Satterlee Building); Judging in Ag Dept. and Jr. Ag Dept.; 1:30 p.m., Thoroughbred/Quarterhorse racing; 6:00-10:00 p.m., Carnival ride arm-bands ($16); 7:00 p.m., Truck Pull (grandstand); Beer Tent, band, 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 4

8:00 a.m., Swine Show (Livestock Building); 8:30 a.m., Pioneer church service (Guild grounds); 1:00-5:00 p.m. and 6:00-10:00 p.m., Carnival ride arm-bands ($16); 1:30 p.m., Harness racing (free grandstand); 7:00 p.m., Mud Drag (grandstand); Beer Tent, band, 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.

Monday, Sept. 5

10:00 a.m., Labor Day Parade (downtown Pana); 1:00-5:00 p.m. and 5:00-10:00 p.m., Carnival ride arm-bands ($16); 1:30 p.m., Harness racing (free grandstand); 7:00 p.m., Demolition Derby.

Jerry Blackwell Selected Parade Grand Marshal

Former Pana Fire Chief and long-time Pana firefighter Jerry Blackwell has been selected as the Grand Marshal of the 2011 Pana Labor Day Parade. The parade is Monday, Sept. 5, in downtown Pana.

More on the Grand Marshall and the parade will appear in the Thursday, Sept. 1, Pana News-Palladium.

United Way Campaign Co-Chairs Announced

The United Way of Christian County recently announced that Bill Bullard of Morrisonville, Carol Schramm of Pana, Terri France, D. J. Kennedy and Pam Peabody all of Taylorville, have been appointed to lead the 2011-2012 Fund Drive. These community volunteers have graciously agreed to embrace the challenge in an effort to meet the needs of those agencies within Christian County. 

As campaign co-chairs, they will have the responsibility for leading and coordinating with area United Way Caring Leaders, Team Captains, and fund drive volunteers in their efforts to raise funds for 23 local charitable organizations supported by United Way. Surpassing last year’s goal of $135,000 and with the momentum of the last few years’ extremely successful campaigns, this year’s goal was set at $140,000. The United Way member agencies served more than 10,000 people in 2010 and numbers have continued to grow throughout 2011.

The co-chairs will be introduced at the 2011-2012 Campaign Kick-Off dinner on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 6:00 p.m. in Taylorville Memorial Hospital. All United Way volunteers, donors and anyone interested in more information or supporting the United Way are welcome to attend.

This year’s fund drive will run from Sept. 15 to Nov. 10.

For more information, contact Joni Beyers at 824-8404 or visit the United Way’s website at

Panthers Get Road Win Friday

A FAMILIAR SIGHT Friday night, Aug. 26 – Roxana players in the dark jerseys chasing Pana’s senior running back Garrett Claxon, number 3, with ball. At left is Pana receiver Mitchell Beyers.

Claxon had 87 yards and two rushing touchdowns and caught two passes for 34 yards, giving him 124 offensive yards in the game.

The Panthers went on to win the game, 41-8, to go 1-0 on the young season.

                                                                                                                                         (Gene Reed Photo)

The Pana Panthers football team scored three times in the first quarter and built a 26-8 halftime lead before sinking the Roxana Shells, 41-8, on Friday, Aug. 26, at Roxana. It was the first football game of the 2011 season for both teams.

Garrett Claxon rushed for 87 yards and had two touchdowns for the Panthers while quarterback Max Mosely threw for two more. Pana had 317 yards in total offense with 240 coming on the ground. Mosely was 8-of-9 in the passing department with 77 yards and an interception.

Pana’s smothering defense held the Shells in check for most of the nig ht. With less than 6 minutes to go in the first half, Pana had held the Shells to 11 yards total offense. They ended the game with 121, getting 102 on the ground.

Paden had 64 yards rushing and caught a 2-yard touchdown pass.  Hrabak ran for 43 yards and Trexler finished the game with 15. Nic Dilley ended up with a dozen yards.

Mosely was 8-of-9 for 77 yards in the game. Claxon caught 2 of those passes for 34 yards and Beyers had a pair of catches for 28 yards. Hrabak made two grabs for 13 yards.

Pana had 16 first downs in the game and Roxana had 5.

The Panthers with their 1-0 record will head back to the east side of Pana on Saturday, Sept. 3, when they face Alton Marquette in Alton Memorial Stadium. Kick-off is at 7:00 p.m.

Marquette was a 35-14 winner Friday night over Carlinville. Other South Central Conference  games saw Greenville beat Litchfield, 41-20. Hillsboro was a 34-14 winner over Piasa and Vandalia beat East Alton-Wood River, 27-6.

Panthers Volley Squad Open Season With A Bang

THE PANA PANTHERS volleyball team took third place in the Athens Invitational Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 27.

Team members and coaches are, in front from left, Roger Cothern and Shawn Holland, assistant coaches; players Marissa Presnell, Quinn Koontz, Jenna Harbert, Raven Horsthemke, Allie Schoonover, Nadine Vaughn and Greg Cothern, assistant coach.

In back, Molly Holthaus, Kristina Pollman, Autumn Finley, Jessi Kasch, Alyssa Waddington, Hannah Funneman, Charley Lett and Head Coach Mary Cothern.

The Pana Panthers volleyball team have begun the 2011 season with a 5-1 mark. They won third place in the Athens Invitational Tournament held Saturday, Aug. 27.

The only blemish on the team’s record came in the semi-finals of the tournament with a 25-16, 19-25, 12-15 loss to Orion. They capped off the tourney with a 25-20, 25-22 win over Triopia to take third.

Earlier in the day, they defeated Meredosia, 25-15, 25-11 in their first match. They followed it up with a 25-9, 25-5 win over Greenview and a 25-16, 19-25, 15-13 victory over host Athens.

Allie Schoonover, Alyssa Waddington and Nadine Vaughn were all selected to the All-Tournament Team.

At Rochester–

The season opened for the Panthers in Rochester on Thursday, Aug. 25, and the three Pana teams had a 2-1 night.

The varsity Panthers took two games to subdue the Rockets, 25-13, 25-19.

The junior varsity Panthers needed three games to take care of the Rockets – 25-23, 18-25, 25-18.

The freshmen Panthers were defeated in their initial match of the season, 23-25, 25-22, 13-15.

One more road trip for the Panthers before their home opener. They will head to Piasa Southwestern on Tuesday, Aug. 30. The first home match is Thursday, Sept. 1, when the Panthers host Central A & M. Varsity matches are scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m.

Girls Golf Round-Up

The Pana High School girls golf team have played in several golf matches recently.

On Monday, Aug. 22, at the Hillsboro Country Club, the Panthers were in a triangular meet with Greenville and Hillsboro. Pana was third with a 239.

Hillsboro won the meet with a 211 and Greenville was second, 220.

Hannah Luckett of Hillsboro was the medalist with a 39.

Scores for the Panthers were Zadie Miller with a 54 and Megan Casner, 59. Meredith Epley shot a 61 and Hannah  Michael scored a 65.

On Tuesday, Aug. 23, Pana hosted Auburn and Staunton at Oak Terrace and came in second in a close match.

Auburn won the match with a 232 score and Staunton was third with a 237. Pana was in the middle with a 235.

Pana’s medalist was Megan Casner with a 45 and Zadie Miller fired a 58. Emily Hackler carded a 64 with Hannah Miller posting a 68.

Pana will be traveling to Springfield on Tuesday, Aug. 29 to the Rail Golf Course for a meet with Williamsville. On Tuesday, Aug. 30, they host Greenville and Roxana at 4:00 p.m. at Oak Terrace.

Pana is 1- 3 on the season.


Grueling Schedule Of Meets For Boys Golf

After three straight matches last week, the Pana High School boys golf team faces three more in a row this week.

At the Litchfield Country Club on Wednesday, Aug. 24, the Panthers struggled as they were fourth among the four teams in the meet. Alton Marquette won the meet with a 166 score, followed by Litchfield with a 168. Roxana finished with a 168 and Pana, 195.

Pana’s medalist was Alex Metzger with a 45 and Dylon Hudlin followed with a 47. Tyler Seibert carded a 51 with Andrew Rybolt firing a 52. Jason Grotts and D. J. Stivers each finished with 53’s.

At Oak Terrace on Tuesday, Aug. 23, the Panthers hosted Shelbyville and Windsor and came out the winner. Pana shot a 179 with Windsor having a 187. Shelbyville shot a 198.

Both Andrew Rybolt and Alex Metzger shot 44’s to tie as Pana medalists. Tyler Seibert had a 45 and Jason Grotts had a 46. D. J. Stivers posted a 51 and Dylon Hudlin’s score was 52.

Medalist for the meet was Wade Mathis with a 42 for Windsor.

Pana dropped a dual meet with Vandalia, 169-189, on Monday, Aug. 22, at Oak Terrace.

Alex Metzger had a 45 to take Pana’s medalist honors. Jason Grotts was one stroke behind with a 46 and Dylon Hudlin had a 47. Andrew Rybolt got a 51 with D. J. Stivers getting a 56. Tyler Seibert had a 47.

In the junior varsity match, Pana had a 213 score to Vandalia’s 200.

Dalton Perry had Pana’s low score with a 47. Kendell Scott got a 50 and Sheldon Grimes scored a 55. Logan Warren, Kolby Kroenlein and Clinton Jones each had 61’s and Tyler Clark had a 63.

This week, Pana starts off with a triangular meet at Oak Terrace with Nokomis, Altamont and Hillsboro at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30. Wednesday, Aug. 31, has the Panthers at home to face Teutopolis and Greenville in a 4:30 contest. Thursday, Sept. 1, Meridian comes calling to Oak Terrace with a 4:00 p.m. tee time.

FBCA Volleyball Match

First Baptist Christian Academy played their first volleyball match of the season on Tuesday, Aug. 23, as they hosted Faith Bapstist Christian School from Pekin.

The junior varsity team lost in two games. The scores were 6-25, 21-25:

The varsity team won in three games, 22-25, 25-20, 25-12.

Katie Hopper had 5 aces with Heather White getting a kill. Tessa White had a kill and 3 aces while Crystal Hubbartt had 100% serves and 4 aces.

Out in Left Field: August 29, 2011

Congratulations to the Pana Panthers football and volleyball teams on their great starts to the season.

Likewise, the boys and girls golf teams have been on the links the past two weeks settling into their respective season.

An exciting time for Pana High School sports.


Looks like the weather is going to be hot for the Pana Tri-County Fair, especially the first half. Forecasters are expecting a couple of days near 100 before cooling down for the weekend.

Be sure to come to the fair.


Our congratulations to Jerry Blackwell the Grand Marshal of the Pana Labor Day Parade on Monday.

Am looking forward to talking with him this week.


Just like every other fair/parade week – things are busy and once again, I’m running out of time.

Better sign off for now. . . .   


See you next week!


Obituaries: August 29, 2011

Marie Beyers

Marie Beyers, 92, of Pana died Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 in Heritage Manor, Pana. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to


Carol Grandfield

Carol Grandfield, 65, of Pana died Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011 in Taylorville Care Center. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to


John Braden

John Braden, 70, of Pana, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 in Pana Community Hospital. McCracken-Dean Funeral Home, Pana, is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to