7th Annual “Bad Art by Good People”


July-October 2017

Deb Stanfield

“So Many Memories….. So Little Space”

 Favorite Fair Memory – “My favorite fair memories were watching the numerous kids who I taught to show their calves, win their dairy showmanship classes.”

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DiAnne Karas

“Barnyard Favorite”

Favorite Fair Memory  – “It’s not the food or fairways  – it’s seeing friends – old and new at the Commerce buildings where i exhibit every year.”

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Chad Berning

“Tractor Tales”

Favorite Fair Memory – “Watching hard work pay off while the youth are having fun.”

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Matt Pleiman


Favorite Fair Memory – “The look of excitement on my children’s face.”

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Brian Wooddell (Woody)

“Family Traditions”

Favorite Fair Memory – “Being on the Jr. Fair Board as a youth and helping out at the fair. Now as an adult, I help with the Human Tractor Pull for the fair. I also get to watch the Jr. Fair kids try to  pull a tractor as a team.”

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Annette Purkey

“Blue Ribbon”

Favorite Fair Memory – “Each year our 4-H club made a float for the Sunday night parade in front of the grand stand at the Sandusky County Fair. There were lots of Kleenex flowers in chicken fence.”

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Nathan Sailor


Favorite Fair Memory – “Water fights around the dairy barn on the last day of the fair.”

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Cassie Dietrich

“Plotting Potential”

Favorite Fair Memory – My favorite memory of the fair is the variety of activities and opportunities provided to me through our county 4-H programs.  Win or lose, I loved being able to get in front of a judge or crowd of people and demonstrate my potential and drive.

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Kara Short

“Take Me to the Midway”

Favorite Fair Memory – “There are too many to pick from! Either winning Grand Champion market lamb or just the many hour spent with friends during the fair.”

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Jason Gibbs

“A Kid With His Fair Book”

Favorite Fair Memory – “All my fair memories were good. It is hard to pick one. When I was a kid I was so excited for the fair. It was the equivalent to a kid going to Cedar Point. Before the start of fair, the fair book would come out and I would sit down and read it.”

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Lindsey Alexander

“Long Day’s End”

Favorite memory of the fair: My favorite memory of the fair would just be growing up at the fair and showing when I was old enough to. I showed horses every year, dogs one year and had FFA projects. You’ll never forget the memories made at fair or the friendships.”

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Kris Geise

“All Because Of the Stupid Sheep”

Favorite Memory of the Fair – “I have too many favorite memories of the fair – from spending time with family to catching up with old friends.  From the barns to the  “Center Tent” to the Grange Hall, we had fun.”

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Lynda Adams

“Grange Hall”

Favorite Fair Memory – “My favorite memory is having the opportunity to breathe new life into the former Grange Hall.  I am very grateful to the many people who have contributed time, energy, and finances to make the Community Foundation Hall glorious once again.”

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Alan Boogher

“Spinning My Wheels”

Favorite Fair Memory – My most favorite fair memory was going to the harness races with my father and mother when I was young.”

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Abe Gibbs

“Blue Moo”

Favorite Fair  Memory – “Watching the horse races with my grandma and grandpa when I was very young.”

Tim Zimpfer

“Interview Station #3″

Favorite Fair Memory -” A lot of my fair memories involve a picnic table. Each year my  project interviews were held at a picnic table. Each day my family shared a meal from the pork barn and sat at a picnic table. Catching up with friends was always at a picnic table.”

Sarah Heilers

“Welcome to the Farm”

Favorite Fair Memory – “My favorite fair memory always started at home on the farm, working with my family to feed, clean pens, and walk hogs. Loading the pigs on the trailer to take them to the fair was always an adventure- such colorful memories!”

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Lindsey Whetstone

“Some Pig”

Favorite Fair Memory – “”My favorite fair memories always involve two things, family, and livestock.  From the hours spent in the barn at home to the early mornings and late nights working and exhibiting our projects at the fair, it was a family effort.”

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Andrea Metz

“Happy Pig”

Favorite Fair Memory – “My favorite fair memory was in 2013 when my son won Grand Champion Market Barrow.  It was a huge surprise and a memory that I will always cherish.”

Derek McCracken

“Welcome to 4-H Camp Clifton”

Favorite Fair Memory – “My favorite 4-H memory involves the friendships developed through activities such as 4-H Camp and Junior Fair Board.”

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Michael Ward

“His Pig”

Favorite Fair Memory – “My favorite fair memory is watching my son Kaden show in the Open Gilt Show with my cousin Chloe Heins.”

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Jill Smith

“Thinking Over My Fair Journey”

Favorite Fair Memory – “Winning senior sheep showman award.”

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Jan Noah

“MMMM Good”

Favorite Fair Memory – Being a 4-H adviser for 35 years and helping children benefit from all that 4-H has to offer.  She was also privileged to have all three of her children in 4-H with numerous projects and many wonderful memories.

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Carla Schiffke

“Fair is Family”

Favorite Fair Memory – “All six of my nieces and nephews were old enough to finally show animals at the fair, they all showed goats. It was so much fun watching them help each other and work together.  Very proud of all of them and the way they worked as a family.”


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Bonnie York

“Community Hall”

Favorite Fair Memory: “My favorite memories involve watching my children and grandchildren finish their projects and compete at the fair

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Barb Ditmer

“Favorite 4-H Memories”

Favorite Memory of the Fair – ” As a 4-H member and and an advisor for over 66 years, there are many. My favorites are the days spent judging small animal 4-H projects in several counties for many years.”

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Vote Early……. Vote Often


Bad Art Ball/Auction

October 5, 2017

Tickets $25.00

The art work can be seen in person at the  Soil and Water Conservation area during the Shelby County Fair and at Gateway Arts Council’s Gallery starting 8/7/17. The Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Weekends and evenings are by appointment.  

 All the artwork will be auctioned off at the Gateway Arts Council’s Bad Art Ball on Oct. 5th.  If you would like a ticket to the dinner/action please call Gateway Arts Council.  If you would like to bid on the work but cannot attend the Ball, please call Gateway and we will take your bid over the phone.  All proceeds from the votes and auction go to support the Gateway Arts Council and the Jr. Fair Improvement Fund.

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