The Harness Racing community is mourning the loss of one of its most memorable drivers. Leo Burns of Albion died over the weekend. He was 98. In June of last year, Leo became the oldest known winning driver in the sport when he drove his 8-year-old philly, Winsome Wyoming to victory in the fifth race of the Wayne County Fair in Fairfield. He had more than 450 career wins and is credited with earnings of over $400,000 over nearly five decades of racing. Services for Leo Burns are pending at Nale’s Funeral Home in Albion.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has lowered its estimate of the corn crop, reflecting late planting in the Corn Belt caused by a wet spring. Farmers are now expected to harvest 13.95 billion bushels – 55 million fewer bushels than predicted in June.
The Wayne-Edwards Farm Service Agency have announced that the official deadline for reporting crop planting dates has been extended until August 2, giving farmers an additional 18 days to submit their annual report of acreage to their local FSA county office.
The Wayne County Fair continues through Saturday. Today’s events include harness racing at 7 this evening. Tuesday evening’s grandstand attraction will be the Illinois Stock Pullers at 7 p.m. The fair continues through Saturday, concluding with the Wayne County Demo Derby.
WADI will begin making appointments today for the Summer Energy Assistance Program. The program runs through July 26 or until funding is depleted. For eligibility requirements, contact your local WADI office.