Fair weather festival of fun

Stephen Barker (left) and Eric Gundersen, lead members of Love & Theft, perform during their featured concert Saturday night during Chingawassa Days. Despite warnings of rain and possibly severe storms earlier in the week, Marion?s annual festival enjoyed near-perfect weather over the weekend.Attendance at the 18th annual Chingawassa Days last weekend was down slightly, but organizers said it was still a successful weekend.

Tammy Ensey, one of the committee members, provided a positive wrap-up of the weekend.

?We had beautiful weather, a great crowd of people and two awesome concerts,? she said.

Mayor Todd Heitschmidt agreed.

?Chinga was excellent,? he said, ?and we did have perfect weather.?

Heitschmidt said he was waiting to hear about attendance numbers.

?It appeared some events were down from last year, but the quality was excellent as far as the talent (and vendors) we had here,? he said.

Heitschmidt said the watermelon feed and Bingo had fewer people participating.

?We had 20 to 30 (Bingo) cards left and usually we don?t have enough,? he said. ?We also took back five watermelons, and normally they are all gone.?

Heitschmidt complimented committee members for doing a ?great job? focusing on youth events.

Marion City Administrator Roger Holter said he heard a lot of compliments from out-of-town 5K runners.

?We had a good weekend with no problems and the police department had great presence,? Holter said.

Committee members and festival participants honored Mike Powers Saturday night. Powers served as the Chingawassa chairman for the first 17 years, but stepped down this year.

In recognition of all his hard work, Powers was presented with a framed drawing representing the first 17 years of Chinga while Christian Pedersen, the new chairman, provided a historical account.

Following are results from most of the activities.

Rhino Run

Marion Mayor Todd Heitschmidt calls out Bingo numbers during the Saturday afternoon competitive activity.The overall winner in the 5K run, with a new course record of 16.22, was Aaron Yoder.

? Men?s division:

12 and under?Seth Lanning;

13-20?Austin Neufeld;

21-30?Aaron Yoder

31-51?Scott Hannaford

51 and over?Evan Yoder

? Women?s division:

13-20?Hannah Robinson;

21-30?Rylee Yoder;

31-50?Melissa Mermis;

51 and over?Tree Perky

? Two mile:

12 and under?Jack Lanning;

13-20?Nicholas Davies.

Adult Karaoke

1st?Jaydee Schafers, Marion;

2nd?Yvonne Cussingberry, Tampa;

3rd?Mel Druse, Marion

Spectators look on as Steve Larson of Park City chows down another hot dog during the eating contest on Saturday afternoon. Larson won the prize by downing 10 dogs in 10 minutes.Horseshoes

1st?Jim Theas, Americus, and Allen Blosoer, Council Grove;

2nd?Bob and Michelle Hartnagel;

3rd?Greg Avant, Gardner and David Darrow, Olathe.

Bike racers

? 1st place winners:

Pre-kindergarten-kindergarten, Britany Buchanan;

1st-2nd grade?Trevor Schafers;

3rd-4th?Mitch Norris;

5th-6th?Peyton Ensey.

? 2nd place winners:

PreK-K?Kaelynn Metro;

1st-2nd?Grace Hett;

3rd-4th?Tie?Hannah May and Miles Olson.

? Decorating Contest:

1st?Charlotte James;

2nd?Kaitlynn Schmidt.

All first place winners received $10 and second place winners, $5.

3-on3 Basketball

? 5th-6th grade division:

1st Place?Luke Lanning, Seth Lanning, Todd Palic and Bryce Mermis;

2nd Place?Hunter Helmer, Colton Mercer and Gunner Brown.

? 7th and 8th grade girls division:

1st Place?Emmy Hess, Drew Helmer and Corrina Crabb;

2nd Place?Rebecca Sawyer, Briona Jensen and Alissa Adame.

? Adult division men:

1st Place?Dale Vogel, Zac Clark, and Ray;

2nd Place?Joel Wright, Jacob Harper, Cole Lewman and Grif Case.

Dinky Duck Races

Gene Winkler, $100 in cash;

Luke Lanning, Fuji Digital Camera;

Janice Case, Nurti Bullet;

Mary Griffith, $50 gift certificate, Carlson’s Grocery;

Peni Ens, 22″ high definition television and DVD;

Roger Hannaford, patio set;

Virginia Downing, Keurig coffeemaker;

Judy Reno, $50 gift certificate from Casey’s

Sally Andrews, Kindle Fire high definition;

Roger Fleming, Kitchen Aid mixer;

K. Anne Phyfer, four KC Royals tickets;

Judy Reno, CharBroil BBQ;

Mary Eckert, $100 gift certificate at Marion County Hardware

Ken Vinduska, portable DVD player;

Ann Carr, Ninja Master;

Jim Herzet, $100 in cash;

Toni Stephens, Schwinn bike;

Lori Kirkpatrick, $50 gift certificate to Subway;

Mike Norris, Vizio 42″ high definition television.

? The following winners selected their prize from the St. Luke Hospital ?prize table.?

Margaret Hett (twice), Sharon Ewing, Michael Just, Gene Winkler, Linda Allison (twice), Kylie Hardey, Judy Reno (twice), Jerome Hajek, Donna Hajek, Robyn Kukuk, Josh Boehm, Chris Kerns, Matt Classen, Seth Lanning, Paula Berg, Greg Carlson, Sam Kliewer and Jack Lanning.

Rock, paper, scissors

1st?Gail Makovec;

2nd ?Joey Nickel;

3rd?Skylar King;

4yh?Cassie Legg.

Chinga buttons

Winners of two Chingawassa buttons each for 2015:

Connie Siegrist of Leavenworth, and Shawn Voth of Marion.

Hot dog eating contest

The winner was Steve Larson of Park City. He ate just over 10 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

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