Organizers deem Florence Spring Fling a success


Attendance was down at Saturday’s annual Spring Fling in Florence, but organizers said they were happy with the turn­out and generosity of those who came.

Trayce Warner, committee secretary, said the financial total weren’t available yet.

“We think we turned a profit, but all income sources won’t be figured until our next meeting,” she said.

The Spring Fling is the first major fundraiser of the year with all proceeds going toward the town’s Labor Day Celebra­tion expenses in September, Warner said.

“Even though the Spring Fling is a fundraiser put together by the Labor Day Committee,” Warner said, “it is also a community event.”

In addition to children’s games in the afternoon, the committee served 75 people at a dinner and hosted a prize drawing, auction and other contests.

The drawing results included:

• Sara Dawson of Florence winning a Kindle Fire in one of the raffle drawings.

• Cheryl Steward of Florence winning of a Kansas State University football signed by Coach Bill Snyder.

• Carol Linnens of Cedar Point winning a University of Kansas football signed by coach Charlie Weis.

• Lori Makovec of Florence winning a Wichita State University basketball signed by the team.

• Don Butler of Hutchinson winning a KU basketball signed by the team.

In the “One Minute to Win It” competition, the two-man team of Cody Parmley and Layne Pettijohn won $50 in the age 7 to 15 category.

Melissa Parmley and Tammy Pettijohn won a $100 prize in the adult category.

“What was kind of funny about this event is that after the boys won, their mothers won in the 16-and-up age group,” Warner said.

“Melissa was also thrilled her dad, Brad Vannocker, who lives south of Hillsboro, was the auctioneer. He did a fabulous job.”

The auction, she said, included eight to 10 desserts and seven ticket packages.

The packages included tickets to a Kansas City Royals’ baseball game, WSU volleyball game and other area sporting events.

“One highlight of the dessert auction was a well-known baker in Wichita, Kira Ottaway, donated miniature cream puffs,” she said.

Ottaway is a baker at Luca Restaurant and Green Acres Market.

“We really want to thank everyone who attended and particularly the volunteers for making this work,” she said.

With the Spring Fling behind them, Warner said the committee’s next focus is on plans for the Labor Day weekend.

This year’s theme is, “Diamond in the Rough,” commemorating the 75th annual celebration in Florence.

“We are hoping to have a vintage baseball game,” she said.

Warner said vintage teams are based in Emporia, Wichita, Hutchinson and Salina.

“They play by 1860s baseball rules and in 1860s uniforms,” she said. “I think it would be an awesome thing to watch.”

Other weekend activities include a city-wide garage sale, street dance, church service, potluck meal, parade, games and drawings.

Members of the Labor Day Celebration are Melvin Honey­field, chair; Mary Jane Grim­mett, vice-chair; Melanie Grimmett, treasurer; Warner, secretary, and Gaby Dye, board member.

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