Chingawassa Days draws 1,800 people, official says


ChingawassaMickeyThomas406 More than 1,800 people attended Saturday night concert by the headliner group Starship, according to organizers at the 16th annual Chingawassa Days.

Chairman Mike Powers, one of the original committee members, said Saturday?s attendance was one of the largest in its history.

ChingawassaSculptingSpectators6341 ?Every year we have some (events) that have been there for awhile and others that are new,? he said.

Some of the activities that stood out for Powers was the Tug-O-War, horseshoe tournament, rhino sculpting, 3-on-3 basketball tournament and arm wrestling.

?Shaun Craft was in charge of the Tug-O-War,? he said, ?and it was quite something watching the last couple of pulls.?

Another new feature this year was the Wild Women of the Frontier.

?The women portrayed real historical characters,? he said. ?Some dressed as saloon girls, one was in a Confederate officer?s uniform and one was a stage coach driver.?

Two of the women were disguised as men, he said, because otherwise they wouldn?t have had certain jobs.

In the late 1800s, if a woman wasn?t married, according to the reenactment, and they weren?t saloon girls or teachers, they didn?t have many other legitimate ways to make a living.

?Just for fun, they harassed some of the crowd,? Powers said.

Between Marion?s Amazing Race and the Bed Races, the Wild Women of the Frontier shot their guns and ?got rowdy,? he said.

Along with the Eagles and Aerosmith tribute bands, this year?s event had some of the old favorites, including Heads or Tails, Bingo, the anvil shooters, Rock/Paper/Scissors and arm wrestling.

Powers said he and others wanted to bring a sports personality to the festival and this year it was Kendall Gammon.

?I thought a lot of people would be interested in hearing what a professional sports person had to say, but we didn?t get the attendance we had hoped for,? he said.

Gammon, who played for the Kansas City Chiefs, signed autographs and answered questions from the audience.

?Those who were there, did enjoy it, though,? he said.

The rhino sculpting was also a big hit with people.

?We had 31 participants,? Powers said. ?We had planned for about 24, but there was plenty of (sculpting) clay.?

Gratitude to merchants

Without the help of businesses, individuals and organizations throughout Marion County, Chingawassa couldn?t continue.

Powers said he encourages people to look at the list of sponsors.

?These merchants have kept us afloat,? he said. ?The button sales make up about 60 percent of the budget, but the other 40 percent is totally sponsorship.

?The people in Marion and the area value Chingawassa Days and want to keep it alive.?

Event winnerS

Winners in the Amazing Race competition were Nicki Case and Kris Burkholder, first place; Kim Helmer and Becky Hulett, second place; and Jill Wagner and Jack Branson, third.

The Arm Wrestling tournament results in the heavyweight men?s division were Travis Berggren, first; Jon Lewman, second; Jeremy James, third. In the lightweight men?s division, the results were Chris Brewer, first; Jake Smith, second; Thieen Antoszyk, third.

Winners in the arm wrestling women?s division included Brandi Lewman, first; Pam Jones, second; and Mattie King, third.

The senior men?s division winners were Douglas Joyce, first; Rick Branson, second; and Casey Case, third.

Torey Hett of Marion, organized this year?s bed races said in the boys? division first place went to Mattress Haven in McPherson. Individual participants were Bryce Schults, Cole Lewman, Colton Johnson, Dakin Ledford and Brody Carroll.

Second place Valley United Methodist Church winners were Hank Collett, Zach Robson, Nick Meyers, Braden Putter and Austin Moellecker.

C&J Roofing?s team took third place and included Landon Pedersen, Braden Fahey, Ken?nedy Fahey, Dylan Carpenter and Nathan Cyr.

In the open division, Express Print took first. Team members were McKenzee Remmers, Erika Hess, Marshelle Mermis, Kir?sten Hansen and Courtney Hansen.

Hett Construction took second. Team members were Phoebe Hett, Emily Davies, Molly Hess, Emily Hague and Marissa Jacobson.

The third-place team, Aulne United Methodist, included Erika Just, Heather Mayfield, Ethan Riggs, Jared Hague and Jeremy Hett.

?I was pleased with the turnout and entries,? Hett said about the competition.

Winners and prizes in St. Luke Hospital?s Dinky Duck races included Elora Robinson, Kindle Fire; Kim Manwaring, Kansas City Royals tickets; Ciara Kerns, Country Dreams B&B gift certificate; Jayden Slifer, Cardie Oil gift certificate; Rick Branson, Applebee?s gift certificate; Mary Costello, KC Chiefs? photo of Derrick Johnson; Mickey Lundy, Nikon Coolpix camera; Susan Everett, Midway Motors free oil change; Calvin Montgomery, Casey?s gift card and Cheryl Connell, passes to the Sedgwick County Zoo.

Other winners were Kevin Cronkleton, Cindy?s Cafe gift certificate; Todd Heitschmidt, Mid-America Kitchen & Baths gift card; Chriss Costello, Nuttin But Good BBQ gift certificate; Janice Case, beauty basket; Michelle Hulett, Gambino?s Pizza gift certificate; Audrey McLinden, 40-inch LCD television and DVD player and Kim Helmer, pool basket.

In addition, Amanda Terry won a Zimmerman?s gift certificate; Don Bosken, LaHacienda gift certificate; Mickey Lundy, KC T-bones tickets; Robyn Kukuk, Garmin GPS system; Greg and Linda Carlson, Smokey Valley Railroad passes; Jerome Hajek, Midway Motors oil change; Jim Herzet, bicycle; Brenda Larson, Country Lakes Cafe gift certificate; Jamie Emerson, Elgin Hotel gift certificate; Jim Herzet, item from Trace of Copper; Brenda Larson, LaCabana gift card; Cynthia Fleming, Seacat Hardware tool set; Brad Cady, $250 cash; Rick Branson, Prairie Oak Alpacas item; Randy Kahns, PLANTa?tions gift certificate; Allison Schultz, Aunt Bee?s basket and Jona Neufeld, iPad.

More from Hillsboro Free Press
Eagles to build on 15-7 season
The Canton-Galva softball team will rely on a strong outfield and a...
Read More