Ramona pulls off partial Redneck 4th, plans ?After the Fourth? party July 25

?Yes, it rained on our parade, so to speak, at Ramona?s Fourth of July celebration,? said Jessica Gilbert, one of the organizers.

Only four of the day?s activities took place: the run, breakfast, basketball competition and Leroy Schmidt?s mule and wagon ride.

The drizzle didn?t hamper the Redneck Run, which began early in the morning with 38 runners?eight competing in the 10-kilometer and 30 in the 2-mile.

The country breakfast at the Ramona Senior Center became the place to take refuge while waiting to hear race results.

Jason Martin of Herington won the 2-mile run with a time 13 minutes, 38 seconds. Leah Thompson of Salina won the 10-kilometer in 37.32 minutes.

The 3-on-3 basketball tournament?renamed The James Weber Memorial 3-on-3, in honor of basketball player James Weber?found an indoor site for the competition.

Coordinator John Antoszyk said his son, Thieen, came up with the solution.

?James?s favorite saying was: ?Suck it up, it builds character,?? Gilbert said. ?So the competitors weren?t going to let a little rain stop their game. They just took the competition to the Centre Elementary School Gym. They were determined to play in honor of their friend.?

Winners of the tournament were Thieen Antoszyk of Ramona, Trevor Trout of Lin?colnville and Lance Shriver of Herington. The team gave their winnings to the James Weber Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Between registration fees and the winners? prize money, $145 was donated.

Schmidt arrived in Ramona with his wagon and mules when the rain was no longer a drizzle, but a downpour. The rain didn?t slow the Schmidt family, though.

?We go on wagon trains,? said Leroy?s wife, noting that wagon trains don?t stop because of weather.

Soaked to the core, Schmidt and his mules took anyone who was brave enough to be out in the rain on a leisurely wagon ride around Ramona.

The major portion of the festivities?the afternoon games, parade, The Greenhorn concert, tractor pull and fireworks?were canceled because of the ongoing downpour.

?The Fourth of July committee felt it had a commitment to the donors, the audience and participants, and the rain made it impossible to fulfill this commitment,? said Ramona Mayor Pat Wick.

?We were disappointed, of course, but there was no way to recreate the event after the fact, since we had not planned an alternate date. Next year, we?ll be prepared to factor weather into the equation.?

An ?After the Fourth? party is planned for 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, July 25, in Ramona. The public is invited to enjoy games, including Plinko, darts, dunk tank, kids? water slide and lawnmower obstacle course.

Music on the street will be provided by In D Shadow Karaoke and DJ Dave. The city will have a fire pit going for toasting marshmallows, making smores or roasting hot dogs. Soda pop and ice cream will be available.

A 50/50 drawing is planned, with an additional $200 in gift certificates being awarded. At dark, a sampling of Ramona?s fireworks display will conclude the evening.

?If rain should cancel the party on July 25, we?ll just see you next year on the Fourth of July?2011 will be twice the fun,? Gilbert said.

?We are very grateful for the sponsors from the Tri-County area that generously support Ramona?s Fourth of July,? said Byron Noeth, event chairman. ?We also thank them for their patience in waiting until 2011 to see their donation in action.?

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