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Wind doesn't deter Florence celebration

A large crowd gathered in Florence Monday to watch the Labor Day parade. The 30-minute parade included a color guard, eight floats, antique cars, and American Legion Riders.

This year’s theme was “Rails and Trails into a New Decade.”

winners

Parade — Open class: 1. Florence Labor Day Committee; 2. Aaron Allen Family; and 3. Florence United Methodist Church. Youth class: 1. Janzen Goat Farm; 2. Leo Kurtz.

Button drawing of $138 cash — Melissa Parmley.

Cow chip bingo contest — Cindy Becker and Sarah Dawson, $100 each.

Kids’ games

Running — Pre-kindergarten through kindergarten: 1. Wyatt Allen; 2. Jenna Sokoll; 3. Travis Stephans. First and second grade: 1. Steven Sutclisse; 2. Amy Gayle; 3. Laura Savage. Third and fourth grade: 1. Evan Heidebrecht; 2. Jayne Timm; 3. Corinn Sokoll. Fifth and sixth grade: 1. Marissa Jacobson; 2. Aaron Riggs; 3. Peyton Heidebrecht. Seventh grade and older: 1. Rolando Gutierrez; 2. Cory Heibert; 3. Tommy Tajchman.

Gunnysack race — Pre-kindergarten through kindergarten: 1. Travis Stephans; 2. Gracie Blenden; 3. Jenna Sokoll. First and second grade: 1. Amy Gayle; 2. Gunner Brown; 3. T.J. Salas. Third and fourth grade: 1. Evan Heidebrecht; 2. Ethan Darnall; 3. Corinn Sokoll. Fifth and sixth grade: 1. Marissa Jacobson; 2. Ezra Darnall; 3. Aaron Riggs and Peyton Heidebrecht. Seventh grade and older: 1. Jacob Sigel; 2. Cody Shipman; 3. Adam Janzen.

Turtle races — 1. Ethan Ramsey; 2. Justis Spicher; 3. Layton Benjamin.

Mutton bustin’ — 1. Alex Ramsey; 2. Jayne Timm; 3. Lane Shirley.

Soap box derby — 1. Marissa Jacobson; 2. Evan Heidebrecht; 3. Corin Parmley.

car show

Best other — George and Linda Mattern of Augusta.

Best Mopar — David Nichols, Newton.

Best original — Roy Houdyshell, Lincolnville.

Best of Show — Ed Garman, El Dorado.

Best paint — Jake Sigel, Marion.

Best engine — Ron Congar, Wichita.

Traveled the farthest — John and Jean Hendricks, Oxford.

Best Ford — Jean Herron, Wichita.

Best restored — Rodney Williams, Florence.

Best interior — Carol McHenry, El Dorado.

Best General Motors — Dale Herron, Wichita.

Best modified — Jim Rogers, Moundridge.

horseshoe pitching contest

1. Robet Hartmagel, Florence, and Tim Ross, Peabody. 2. Brian Alexander, Herington, and Mark Tajchman, Marion. 3. David and Davey Nixon, El Dorado.

Last modified Sept. 8, 2010

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