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SPY's Newsletter 5/20/24

SPY’s Community Newsletter


It Is Time for the Sunfield Farmers Picnic 

Open Class Craft Exhibit

The Sunfield Farmers Picnic on August 16 and 17, 2024, is not very far away.  IT IS TIME … if you are planning to enter the Open Class Craft Exhibit on Saturday, August 17 to begin preparing your entry such as your hand-crafted articles and homemade canned goodies and baked goods.  All ages are eligible.  Sunfield and its surrounding communities have many talented people and this event is an opportunity for you to show your talent off to the rest of the community.

Categories will include art, baked goods, canned goods, carving, ceramic, flowers and silk flower arrangements, garden produce, glass etching, needlework, knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, leatherwork, painting, paper craft, quilts, sewing, woodworking and of course photography: animals, nature, people and other.  Craft vendors can also enter their items.  Other entries not fitting these categories will be entered under “Other”.  As always, there are a few rules, such as the work must be your own, not from a kit.  Baked goods must be made without commercial mixes.  Each entry is judged on its own merit and each category may have a “Best of Show” ribbon awarded at the judge’s discretion. 

All entries need to be brought to the Floyd Van Buren Park on Logan Street, Sunfield, from 8:00 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday, August 17, 2024.  Judging will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.  Each entry will be judged on its own merit.  Cash prizes and ribbons will be awarded.

All Children who enter the Open Class Craft Exhibit, must have their entry forms signed by a parent.  Each entry must have an entry form.  Entry forms will be available at the Sunfield District Library, Mapes Furniture, Marko’s Citgo and the Welch Historical Museum the beginning of August.  For additional information, you can contact the event’s chairperson, DeAnna Clark, at 517-231-2527 or email    An entry form is attached at the bottom of this Newsletter.

 Notice #1

In the next SPY’s Community Newsletter, that will be coming out later this week, we will be announcing and featuring the winners of the various 2024 SPY’s and Community Foundation scholarships and various special awards.

Notice #2

Coming up on Sunday, June 9th, will be the 34th. annual Centennial Acres / SPY Shoot-Out golf tournament.  Our event chairmen Derek Desgranges and Steve Grosshans are still looking for some intrepid hackers and whackers to fill out the outing roster.  Give either Derek (269-838-7686) or Steve (269-838-6459) a call for further information---or to volunteer to help out---or to sign-up your team.  This is a fun event and a major fund-raiser that helps us with our various youth and community programs!

Notice #3

The next Texas Hold ‘Em Poker Tournament we are scheduled to work will take place Monday, June 17th. thru Thursday, June 20th.  Stay tuned for details.  We will soon be signing up volunteers to sell chips to the players.

Centennial Acres 2024 Junior Golf Camps Information

Daily Food Specials Return To Centennial Acres

Parting Comments

·      Deep Thought of the Week:  Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.                          

·      Notable Quote: The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The realist adjusts his sails.


·      That’s Puny Department: My wife claims I'm the cheapest person she's ever met. I'm not buying it.


·      Did You Know Section: In October 1929, the U.S. plunged into financial despair as the crash of the New York Stock Exchange prompted the onset of the Great Depression. It wasn’t just Americans who were affected, however; the economically crippled U.S. put restrictions on European imports, causing an agricultural downturn overseas. This impact extended to the small Danish town of Billund, the home of Lego founder Ole Kirk Christiansen. Christiansen was a local carpenter whose farmer-heavy clientele dried up in the early 1930s, forcing him to cut his workforce by 1932. Given the lack of demand for intricate carpentry work, Christiansen pivoted into producing cheap wooden goods including toys, which stood a greater chance of selling despite the poor economic conditions.

At first, this decision failed to salvage the business, and Christiansen was forced to declare bankruptcy. Despite this, he maintained a childlike sense of optimism and pressed on. In 1934, Christiansen came up with a new company name, Lego, based on the Danish words “leg godt,” which translate to “play well.” Though the materials were cheap, Christiansen’s carpentry work cut no corners, producing wooden ducks and car models that became highly popular throughout Denmark. The company later discontinued wooden toy production in 1960 after a fire destroyed its carpentry workshops, but not before Lego embraced a company-wide pivot into the world of plastics. In the late 1940s, Lego purchased a plastic molding machine, allowing the company to produce the very first plastic Lego brick in 1949. In 1953, it began producing entire sets made of plastic, and later shifted away from wooden toys. Lego was able to weather the bleak financial times and grew into a successful global company that continues to brighten lives today.  

2024 Open Class Craft Show Entry Form
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