Grease pole returns, with no teams able to get to the top

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 July 2019 at 9:32 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

KNOWLESVILLE – A four-man team tries to climb the grease pole Wednesday night at the Orleans County 4-H Fair. Jacob Hering of Albion is on top with Zachary Evans of Albion below.

Joseph Ambs, not pictured, was at the base. Ambs works for the amusement company and runs the roller-coaster.

Kenny Scholes of Medina, left, waits to be the last man up the pole but he didn’t get the chance because the team slipped and fell off.

Janie Schutz, 23, and her sister Rylie Lear, 19, were part of the Greasy Heifers team that got close, but couldn’t quite get to the top of the grease pole.

The two were on a team last year that also was close, but didn’t get all the way to the top. Janie said the team will likely try again later this week. She wants to compete in the finals on Saturday.

The grease pole caps the fair each night at either 10 or 10:30 p.m.

The Greasy Heifers include many current and former 4-H’ers who showed beef or dairy animals. Natalie Mrzywka, bottom left, and Liz Jurs served as the base for the team while Adam Eick helped push people upward. Justin Robinson is the second person on top in the red shirt, with Rylie Lear climbing on his back. Nicole Mrzywka tried to be the fourth person up but the team slipped and didn’t make it all the way up.

Jeremy Neal, right, goes over the rules with the Greasy Heifers. Neal is the event chairman.

The Greasy Heifers include, front row, from left: Nicole Mrzywka, Natalie Mrzywka and Adam Eick. Back row: Rylie Lear, Janie Schutz, Liz Jurs and Justin Robinson.

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