The Cass County Fair, held June 27-30 at the Pine River Fairgrounds, included the celebration of local people who make a difference, and competitors who won events such as the mud runs and Baja rally. Below are some of the honors given at the fair.
Outstanding Senior Citizens
Glenna Tappe and Gary Dawson were honored as the Cass County Outstanding Senior Citizens.
Tappe, 87, was a nurse and farmed on a dairy farm with her husband west of town. She just moved to town last year in April. She enjoyed gardening and had beautiful flowers, and she tends the flowers at an assisted living facility.
Tappe has volunteered at the nursing home escorting residents to the hair dresser. She was on the Walden Town Board for many years and just retired from that last year. She is an active member of the Maple Hill Church.
Dawson is a member of the Backus American Legion and has helped with many events, including the Backus Corn Fest and 4-H fundraising dinners, and he helps with news coverage of events with pictures and write-ups for the area newspapers.
He helps with the Friends of Youth organization that helps to support and send 4-H youth to state shows.
Century Farm recipients
Tammy Gravdahl Bargy and family, Gravdahl family farm, Pillager.
Shayne and Louise Johnson, Grandpa G’s, Pillager.
Lance and Robyn Bragstad and family, Bragstad Farm, rural Pequot Lakes.
Friends of 4-H
Leo and Sue Bye Elyea.
Family Farm of the Year
Ernest and Diane Haehnel, Motley.
Tim Ryan won best appearing truck/car.
First: Dennis Pickar.
First and second: Dustin Dougherty.
Third, first and third: Mike Flora.
Second: Aaron Schrupp.
Third: Riley Bettin.
Second: Tom Vacca.
Second: Jake Ryan.