Music sets the tone

LindsayEll415The 20th annual Chingawassa Days at Central Park in Marion was considered a success by organizers. Jenna Brunner, a committee members, called the event “hit another home run.”

Brunner estimated some 1,500 people attended the three-day event June 3-5, including vendors, volunteers and buttons sold.

“We have heard nothing but great things about Phil Vassar,” she said. “He was an awesome performer and absolutely wonderful to work with.”

Sheila Hett, media relations, said Friday night’s headliner, Lindsay Ell, was also a fantastic performer.

“She has a one-of-a-kind, personal connection to the audience that she brings with her to the stage, while also delivering one absolutely beautiful voice,” Hett said.

“Ell enjoyed one-on-one time to meet with her fans,” she said.

Hett praised Vassar’s performance, too.

“He has a unique energy and unique talent as a pianist that makes seeing him first hand in concert a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” she said.

Hett said Vassar was down to earth and extremely thankful for the Marion’s hospitality. ChingaVassar2

Fairgoers also told committee members how much they enjoyed the performers at this year’s event.

Tammy Ensey, a former committee member, said she thought it was another great year.

“I enjoyed seeing many of the events that have been around for years to include the barbecue, the 5K run, watermelon feed, Dinky Ducks and others,” she said.

One 6-year-old, Wyatt Ostlee of Marion, dunked one of the dunk tank volunteers three times in a row.

“My hat goes off to the Chinga committee for another fantastic festival,” she said. “They all devote so much time and effort to making a great community event, and they definitely deserve our gratitude.”

Dinky Duck winners

Roger Schroeder, marketing director at St. Luke Hospital and Living Center, said the event raised an estimated $6,600-plus. Some 1,200 Dinky Ducks were sold and 36 prizes were given away.

prizes and winners

­ Kindle Fire HD 10 won by Dianna Brunner.

• Carlson’s Grocery and Subway gift certificate to Helen Reznicek.

• Kansas City Chiefs autographed photo to Lori Smith.

• Shop Vac to Catherine McNamera

• Marion County Hardware $25 gift certificate to Sherry Hess.

• Two dozen golf balls, ARSI to Cheryl Brewer.

• Cash ($50) to Jan Helmer.

• Kansas Cosmosphere-two free passes to Lori Smith.

• FitBit Blaze watch to Lori Smith.

• Odds ’N Ends-Club Bag to Kelly Schafers.

• Aunt Bee’s gift certificate to Lilly Ogden.

• Applebee’s-two free meal vouchers to Elaine Ewert.

• Marion County Hardware, $25 gift certificate to Claire Kerns.

• Two dozen golf balls, ARSI to Dawson Jones.

• Casey’s General Store, $50 gift certificate to Sue Everett.

• Weber Grill to Colby Diepenbrock.

• Prairie Oak Alpaca, one item to Audrey McLinden.

• Odds ‘N Ends, toy car set to Jordan Metro.

• Wagon Wheel gift certificate to Dan Madgwick.

• Craftsman tool set (socket) to Charlotte James.

• Carlson’s Grocery/Subway gift certificate to Terri Fredrickson.

• Fishing pole and tackle box to Chris Costello.

• Scentsy Basket to Shirley Bowers

• Cash ($50) to Toni Stephens.

• Bose Soundlink Mini Bluetooth Speaker to Cathy Cleeton.

• Gambino’s, pizza vouchers to Lexi Brewer.

• Two dozen golf balls, ARSI to Erin Whiteman.

• Black & Decker cordless drill to Frank Breugem.

• Odds ‘N Ends, jewelry to Lilly Ogden.

• Xbox One Kinect to Diane Richmond.

• Sedgwick County Zoo, two free passes to Nicole Sampson.

• Unique Designs Basket and Dinky Duck T-shirt to Michelle Hulett.

• Craftsman tool set (screwdrivers) to Bruce George.

• Wagon Wheel gift card to Royal Smith.

• Cash ($100) to Sharon James.

• Vizio 43-inch Smart TV to Julie Jantz.

Cute Baby Contest

Panzer Chiropractic sponsored the “Cute Baby Contest.”

• Girls 12-18 months: first place, Sawyer Hamm; second, Tatum Tajchman; third,Sophia DiLauro.

• Girls 19-24 months: first place, Lexi Brewer; second Paislyn Trapp; third Kenzie Kirkham.

• Girls 25-36 months: Paisley Looper; second, Emma Helmer.

• Boys 19-24 months: Ivan Whiteman; second, Easton Turk; third Dack Brunner

• Boys 25-36 months was first Canon Shafer.

Other results

Winners in the Tug of War contest were Hett Construction, first; Andrew Brunner and team, second; Doug Kjellin’s team third.

Ty Palic of Marion won the afternoon Paper, Rock, Scissors competition, earning $50.

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