Kentucky Derby in Farmington, Missouri … A Kentucky Derby party for the 134th running of the big race was held at the Herbst Farm on Possum Holler Road on May 3, complete with mint juleps and a pig roast. The celebration was hosted by Kristi Herbst, Kathryn Lewis and Kim Amsden. The party was off and running with an exhibition of synchronized riding on a matched pair of black Arabian geldings performed by Klaire Lewis and Emily Rice to entertain the guests. The Derby was viewed on a large television screen set up for the occasion, and the ladies came dressed in style wearing their biggest and best hats. The hats were modeled during a Hat Parade and judged by Dirk and Melanie Matzkeit from Switzerland, and Jeanne Roberts. The top five hats were worn by: Mrs. Sandra Lewis of Farmington, Ms. Sue Schultz of Millstadt, Ill., Kaylan Herbst of Farmington, Mitzie Detjen of Farmington and Ms. Rebel Lettaw of Scopus, Mo. Detjen and Lettaw were declared the Grand Champions by audience applause.
The men showed their own style as they competed in the Celtic Stone throwing contest. Marcus Detring claimed bragging rights with the farthest throw and collected his Silver Eagle prize, donated by Tom Stanton of St. Louis.
Besides those guests already mentioned, others included Donna Andrews of Wisconsin; founding members of the Missouri Arabian Horse Association: Caroline Chastain of Farmington, and Harry Kemper of New Haven, Mo.; Jim and Delores Plummer and daughter-in-law Melinda Plummer, Diane Daniely-Upchurch and daughter Jenna of Chesterfield, Rev. and Mrs. Paul Bembower, who, being former residents of Kentucky, sported many of their past Derby pins, and Steve and Vicki Huckstep with their children and guests attended from Fenton, Mo. The Hucksteps also celebrated the graduation of Jessica (Huckstsep) Eschman with her Masters degree in accounting.
The one that didn’t get away … The fishing duo of Jeff Johnson and Brian Hutson took top place at the Missouri Elks State Fishing Tourney held in April at Lake of the Ozarks. No report on what their prize-winning bass weighed, but we’re assuming it was larger than a minnow.
Farmington Women of Today honor one of their own … Pat Boatright of St. Louis will be honored as the 2008 Outstanding Woman Leader by the Farmington Women of Today. Pat has been a faithful and long-time member of the organization, making the drive from St. Louis to Farmington nearly every month. Pat is also an accomplished basket weaver and has given workshops in Farmington. The reception to honor Pat will be held on Thursday, June 19 at the home of Leslie Jones.
June 20- Kiwanis Annual Mark Griggs Memorial Golf Tournament at Crowne Point in Farmington. The four-person scramble starts at 1 p.m. To register a team contact Amanda Griggs-Farrell at 366-8301 or 756-7370.
We wish him well … Phil Johnson was applauded at a lunch held in honor of his retirement at Long Hall. Phil has served diligently and well as Farmington’s Fire Chief for more than 30 years. He was a hands-on chief, working right alongside his fire crews when called to serve. Phil has set a high standard and will be greatly missed by all who new him. Good luck on your retirement Phil. You’ve certainly earned it.