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Illinois County Fairs

(7/27/06)

Contact: Tammy Knox
(765) 643-1733
tammyk@hoosierpark.com

EVANS, ELITE EIGHT BASEBALL TEAM FEATURED DURING ILLINOIS STALLION STAKES DAY AT THE WHITE COUNTY FAIR

CARMI, ILL. (July 27, 2006) – The White County Fair in Carmi, Ill. will kick off its harness racing program Sunday, July 30 with a salute to athletes of all kinds. The racing program will provide fans with the $56,000 Illinois Stallions Stakes. Also, fans will be treated to a guest appearance by members of the Elite Eight Baseball team from Carmi-White County High School. Former Carmi native Doug Evans, who coached his team to an Illinois High School State Championship in basketball this spring, will also make a special guest appearance.

Evans, a 1974 graduate of Carmi High School, was the starting point guard throughout his playing days in Carmi. He went on to a starting position at Southeastern Illinois and earned an MVP nod during one season. Evans attended Eastern Illinois University to complete his education degree in physical education, health, and driver’s education and was immediately snapped up by Seneca Junior High School.

Evans coached among the junior high ranks for five straight seasons, sending one team to the state level. He then moved into the high school where he has been the head coach for the past 24 years, posting three appearances in the Class A state finals.

“We finished second in the state a few years back, and then in 2005, we finished third,” said Evans, who has also served as principal for Seneca High School for the past nine years. “This season, we finished 35-0 and won the state championship. Over the last two years, our record was 68-1.”

Evans also had an exciting twist to this year’s team. His son, Seth, was the starting point guard for the state championship team as a freshman on the squad.

Seneca High School, which is near Joliet, has an enrollment of approximately 500. Evans has an older son, Tyler, who works in sales, and a daughter, Amanda, who is in education. Evans resides in Seneca with his wife, Karin, who serves as the assistant superintendent for Lincolnway High School in New Lennox, Ill.

A trip to the White County Fair gives Evans the opportunity to visit with family and friends. Evans has several family members still in the Carmi area including his mother and step-father, Janice and Frankie Frazier, two sisters, Becky Stanley and Susie Ellison, and a brother, Gary.

The evening will kick off with a salute to the Elite Eight baseball team from Carmi-White County High School. Members of the team will be escorted around the track to the grandstand for introductions along with head coach Craig Winter. The baseball team will throw out t-shirts into the grandstand crowd following the first race, which goes to post at 6 p.m.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture oversees the Illinois Stallion Stakes. Purse money for the event is made up of stallion nomination fees, Illinois Department of Agriculture funding, entry fees, and added money from the host site along with sponsorships.

In addition to the Illinois Stallion Stakes, the White County Fair will offer the Egyptian Colt Stakes during the Tuesday, Aug. 1 and Wed., Aug. 2 cards. Post time each day is 7 p.m.

The White County Fair begins Saturday, July 29 and will conclude Sunday, Aug. 5. Additional events during the fair include the Queen Contest and Little Miss, two Demolition Derbies, Motocross, a Talent Contest, and AHRMA Vintage Motorcycle Racing on closing day Sunday, Aug. 5. Also, shows will be conducted for livestock, including beef and dairy cattle, sheep, rabbits, swine, and horses. Parking and admission onto the grounds at the White County Fair is free. Also, admission into the grandstand for harness racing is complimentary courtesy of area businesses.

The White County Fairgrounds is located just off Route 1 in Carmi, Ill. on the west end of the city. More information about the upcoming fair can be obtained during fair week by calling the main office at (618) 382-4603.

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