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Annual Murray County Classic Draft Horse Show coming to Slayton this Saturday and Sunday

July 11, 2013

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It’s right around the proverbial corner, the seventhth annual Murray County Classic Draft Horse Show! The event will be held for two days, July 13 and 14th, at the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton. The gates at the fairgrounds open at 8:00 a.m. both days with the show on Saturday taking place at 3:00 p.m. in the arena on the fairgrounds and the show on Sunday taking off at 12:30 p.m.

A special tribute has been placed inside the the draftbook honoring William (Bill) Sauer. The Draft Horse Committee unanimously voted to honor Bill Sauer

It seems like yesterday when Bill Sauer walked the barns of the Murray County fairgrounds and commented on the beauty of the big horses stalled there for the Murray County Classic Draft Horse Show. Bill, a long-time county commissioner, was very much involved in his community through various organizations and he always taught his children, according to son Barry, that giving back to your community was what one did to make it stronger. He did believe in the draft horse show; convinced it too, could make the County stronger by bringing in people from all over to see the beauty of Murray County.

Bill grew up in Bondin Township in Murray County, attended country school and graduated from St. Gabriel's Catholic School in Fulda. He served in the military during the Korean War. He married Joan Diekmann and they settled on a farm near Fulda for their entire married life. Joan passed away in 2009.

Bill never knew what it was like to say 'no'. He knew the importance of helping out others, whether it was marching in a local parade as a member of the VFW or the American Legion or being active in his church as a member of the Knights of Columbus and as a Eucharistic Minister.

Bill loved Murray County. There isn't a better way to say it. Simple and straightforward, he loved the roads and the ditches, the waters that dot the landscape and the many farms that have gone from small to large almost overnight. He served as a county commissioner for 20 years and was also a part of the park board, the Plum Creek library board, SMOC board and the hospital board. At the time of his death on March 25, 2013, many people commented on all of the good things Bill did for his county. One gentleman was quoted as stating “I hope others that go into public service model themselves after Bill, for he truly had others best interests at heart”.

If it flew, swam or could run away, Bill enjoyed it. He could hunt, fish and just sit at the lake and watch the wildlife all around and he was in heaven. He played a mean accordion – especially that great polka music. Horses too were his love. Barry his son recently said, “I think we had horses all the time, they were all sizes and colors.” Bill was a cowboy at heart. Maybe that's why he enjoyed the draft horse show so much and encouraged the group involved with it to continue to have the show.

This year, the Murray County Classic Draft Horse Show is honoring Bill Sauer, former commissioner, township clerk, township board member, husband, dad, grandfather and lover of all things western, especially those four-legged animals. We appreciated all of Bill Sauer’s support!

Prior to the July 13th show beginning at 10 a.m. is ‘A look back at Yesterday’s Farming Practices’ which will be held just south of the arena.

Exhibitors will be providing: stationary hay baler, horse drawn hay mowing, dump rake, plowing, discing, seeding, and of course, manure spreading.

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