Grandparents honored at annual luncheon
By Jan Dona
Bill and Donna Sonneborn were the featured guests at this year’s Senior Citizens Luncheon June 26 at the Macoupin County Fair. The couple, who lives in Hettick and have been married for 61 years, was introduced as the 2013 Senior King and Queen during the fair’s opening ceremonies.
“We were brought out here under a little bit of a false pretense. We were really surprised,” said D. Sonneborn, adding, “I’m sure there are lots of people, maybe even thousands of people, who have done lots and lots of work behind the scenes.”
“It’s quite an honor. I’ve had several people come over to congratulate us,” B. Sonneborn said.
During the luncheon, which was hosted by Ben Strode, awards were presented to a grandmother and grandfather in each of four age groups. The winning grandparents were determined by nominating letters written by grandchildren from grades first and second, third and fourth, fifth and sixth and seventh and eighth.
Dolly and Charles Hinman of Medora took home the Grandma and Grandpa of the Year award in two of the four groups: first and second grade, and fifth and sixth grade.
They were nominated in the first and second grade group by their granddaughter, Jenna Morgan, who said of her grandmother, “Grandma and I eat ice cream. She helps lots of people. We talk about many things. She watches our dog. We love our grandma.”
Jenna’s letter about her grandfather said, “My grandpa and I sit and watch TV. He lets me watch whatever I want. We watch Spongebob. He is teaching me how to whittle. I love him.”
The Hinmans also took home Grandmother and Grandfather of the Year awards in the fifth and sixth grade age group thanks to letters submitted by their granddaughter, Caroline Morgan. “My Grandma Hinman takes me on rides around town and in the country. She lets me get a bunch of new clothes. My grandma is the best. I love her,” she said.
Regarding her grandfather, Caroline wrote, “My Grandpa Hinman and I cook together and it is really fun. We mow the yard together, too. My Grandpa Hinman is the best, I love him so much.”
Maureen Betts of Edwardsville won the prize for Grandmother of the Year in the third and fourth grade age group. Her grandson, Blake Jones, said of her, “I can always talk to her. She’s always nice to me. She lets me spend the night and she’s always there for me. These are the reasons my grandma should be Grandma of the Year.”
Randy Gilmore of Carlinville was named Grandfather of the Year as the result of a letter submitted by his granddaughter, Braylee Gilmore, in the third and fourth grade age group. Braylee said of her grandpa, “He taught me how to ride a bike and he rides with me. He takes us to fishing spots and to the pool. Grandpa lets me create artistic masterpieces by using old junk, sometimes.”
In the seventh and eighth grade group, Mildred Pedigo won Grandmother of the Year through a letter submitted by her grandson, Oaklee Pedigo, who wrote, “My grandmother helps take care of us. She helps me with my homework and she always says she’s proud of me. She helps me with my farm chores and always has time to play a game of ball. She is so wonderful.”
Winner of the Grandfather of the Year Award in the seventh and eighth grade category was Robert Betts of Edwardsville. Betts was nominated by his grandson Ethan Jones who wrote, “My grandpa took early retirement from his job just so he could baby sit me every week. This is why my grandpa should be Grandpa of the Year.”
Bilbruck wins Overall Best of Show
In place of the Elle Fuess award that was ended last year, a prize for the Overall Best of Show among the fair’s art projects was given to Darci Bilbruck of Carlinville for her paper collage of a peacock.
“I thought it was oil, but it’s not. It’s cut paper,” said Strode, adding, “She won Best of Show from the high school group, and then the judges picked it out for Overall Best of Show.”
The award was sponsored by Dr. Charles Green.