Thursday, July 21, 2005

SAR K-9s to perform at MC Fair

North Mississippi K-9 handlers will be joined by their colleagues from across the state of Tennessee to present a Search & Rescue K-9 demonstration for the benefit of visitors to the Marshall County Fair on July 30 at 4 p.m.

Since the Fair dates coincide with the quarterly meeting of the Tennessee Search & Rescue Dog Association (TSARDA), which is being hosted in Holly Springs, the Fair demonstration will feature not only regional members of TSARDA and their canines, such as Region IV Coordinator Judy Otto of Holly Springs, Lisa Hiatt-Todd of Ashland, Vicki Roye of Coldwater, and Memphis-area TSARDA handlers; members from the Chattanooga and Knoxville TSARDA regions will also participate, as well as TSARDA president Jimmie Canfield, pioneer and coordinator for the National Association for Search & Rescue (NASAR) canine training and certification program, and Lisa Canfield, public information officer for TSARDA. Both are experienced SAR K-9 handlers, trainers and instructors.

Canfield and selected members of their East Tennessee regional team assisted with search efforts in Aruba, at the request of EquuSearch.

The SAR K-9 demonstration at the Marshall County Fair will feature a variety of dogs who specialize in different search and rescue disciplines, and have achieved NASAR certification in those areas: wilderness area search (air-scenting), mantrailing, tracking, and human remains detection (land and water recovery).

Demonstrations of K-9s performing evidence search will also be included. Breeds featured will include Belgian tervuren, bloodhound, border collie, German shepherds, labrador retrievers, and more.

The demonstration will include explanations of how dogs are able to use their scenting abilities so effectively, and how they can be trained to become an expert and reliable resource upon which our community can depend in times of need.

Like most independent SAR K-9 units, TSARDA is comprised exclusively of volunteers who respond to calls from law enforcement and emergency management authorities and render assistance in efforts to locate the lost. As a 501 (c) 3 organization, TSARDA relies on tax-deductible donations as well as its members’ willingness to finance their own training and expenses.

Be sure to come and meet the search dogs and their handlers, learn more about how they work, and watch them demonstrate their very special skills at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, following the Pet Show.

TSARDA will also be conducting training exercises and national certification tests in and around the Fairgrounds area earlier in the day on Saturday.

Take me to the fair....pleeeeeeeeeeease?

There are carnivals and festivals and socials and picnics and reunions…but there’s nothing that quite captures the special excitement and flavor of a county fair. Other events may be for the people, but a county fair is genuinely of the people: It’s a unique celebration of the skills and crafts that helped Americans build America.

The Marshall County Fair — bringing nostalgia to old and excitement to young — is coming next week, with a full roster of attractions:

  • Rompin’, stompin’, bronc-bustin’, bull-ridin’ and calf-ropin’ skills — plus a few high-flying thrills — from the Calvary Rodeo, Saturday evening, July 30.
  • A carnival with sparkling midway, rides, games, fun, and favorite fair treats like cotton candy and funnel cakes! Open daily, Wednesday-Saturday, July 27-30.
  • Contests and challenges for all:
  • Miss Marshall County Pageant with divisions for boys from baby to age 2 and from 3 to 6, and for girls in six divisions from Baby Miss through age 21. Watch the judging and applaud as winners are crowned on Thursday, July 28, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
  • A Bodacious Pony-Pulling Contest featuring lightweight, middleweight and heavyweight classes for a night of thrilling competition. Weigh-in is at 2 p.m. for the Friday, July 29 competition, and the team entry fee is just $12.50.
  • Come together in song at our countywide church service and gospel sing on Wednesday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m. All churches are invited to participate, sending individuals, youth groups, or choirs to represent them.
  • Crafts & Skills for all ages: True to the American fair tradition, the Marshall County Fair includes opportunities for cooks, crafters and colorists to show off their talents and win prizes.
  • Marshall County Fair Art Contest: Artists in five age categories, from age 3 to adult, are invited to submit their best efforts in one of four divisions: Drawings, Paintings, Designs, or Prints. All entries will be judged and winning entries will be placed on display for Fair visitors to admire.
  • Marshall County Fair Coloring Contest: Children from age 2 through 12 can visit area merchants to pick up their coloring entry — a montage featuring a clown with balloons, a beautiful carousel horse, and a ferris wheel filled with happy riders. Get your entries at the Fairgrounds office, the Potts Camp Clinic, the Rental Barn, the South Reporter, Willow Bend Animal Clinic; or at other participating area merchants and sponsors.
  • Cookie Chefs, Start Your Ovens! Amateur bakers aged 8 to 18 can compete in the Kid’s Cookie Contest, with judging based on taste, appearance and creativity!
  • Adults will have their chance to shine with homemade desserts in four delicious classes: strawberry cake, pound cake, chocolate pie, and pecan pie. Entries in the Adult Culinary Show will be judged on flavor, texture, and general appearance.
  • Our County-Wide Cooking Exhibition Fundraiser invites you to sample superb specialties from the grill, oven, or cooktop of favorite area cooks — all for a good cause! Any non-profit organization may come and cook their specialty — from barbecue to catfish — and let the public sample their wares in return for a nominal donation.
  • Celebrate your pet: The popular Marshall County Fair Children’s Pet Show returns, with opportunities for children in four age groups (from 2-16) to show off their pets and win prizes in each category: dogs, cats, farm animals, and miscellaneous (reptiles, birds, and exotic pets). Registration is free at the door, from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, July 30.
  • Meet some canine heroes-in-training and enjoy a Search & Rescue K-9 demonstration presented by the Tennessee Search & Rescue Dog Association at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 30, following the pet show.

All these and still more surprises are in store for visitors to the Fair, which begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, and offers daily fun and surprises through Saturday, July 30.

Want to know more? Call 252-5441 between 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. or e-mail

Note: If you plan to enter a Fair contest or event, please contact the Marshall County Fair Association with your entries and inquiries soon, since some entries close on Friday, July 22.

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