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Despite heat, humidity, 156 finish Fair Run events PDF Print E-mail

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By Jan Schultz

The Imperial Republican

Many of the runners in this year’s Chase County Fair Run commented on  the heat, and especially the humidity, race morning Aug. 16.
At the 7:30 a.m. start time, it was already 70 degrees with 74 percent humidity and a light wind.
Still, 156 adults and youths finished the races they entered. The 5K had the biggest draw with 93 finishers. Twenty completed the 10K, 15 the one-mile, while 28 youths age 12 and younger ran the kids’ half mile.
Christian Hughes of Benkelman and Lauren Klima of Grant were the top male/female 10K runners; Ike Maxwell and Kaley Hauxwell, both of Imperial, clocked the fastest male/female times in the 5K; one mile winners were Cody Taylor of Champion and MaKenna Ashmore of Scott City, Kan.; and Jaret Peterson and Ava McNair, both of Imperial, were the first boy and girl in the kids’ half-mile.
Race coordinator Jonathan Beverly of Imperial said this year’s field of participants was the third largest in Fair Run history, following two record-setting years.
Winning times were slightly slower than last year, Beverly said, except in the 10K women’s group. Repeat winner Lauren Klima ran nearly two minutes faster this year.
Chase County cross country runners had good showings in the event. Boys on the team finished first, second, third, fifth and sixth in the 5K, while incoming freshman cross country runner Kaley Hauxwell won the women’s 5K.
This was the Fair Run’s 36th year, and one of the race top runners was back.
Mark Gokie of Lincoln ran the 10K this year. He holds the Chase County High School record in the mile and two-mile, and has the second fastest 10K time in the Fair Run’s history at 33:10 set in 1982. That’s just one second off the event record time of 33:09 set in 1989 by Randy Mather of Goodland, Kan.    
Gokie, who calls himself a “jogger” now, won the men’s 50-59 division. His daughter, Kylie, placed second in the 5K’s age 14-19 group.
The kids’ half-mile continues to be a popular event at the Fair Run. Beverly reports this year drew the biggest group with 28. The kids do two laps on the school track. The kids’ run is sponsored and directed by McNair Agency and family.
Unlike previous years, Beverly said the 20 and 30-year-olds came out in good numbers for the 5K, as well as the always-competitive 40-plus and 50-plus divisions.
This year, race participants received orange and black drawstring sports bags designed by art teacher Chelsea Zuege.
Beverly said the race wouldn’t happen without the indispensable volunteers including Bruce Vires, Carl Zuege, Troy Hauxwell, Koby Maris, Braxton Maris, Connie Thompson, Matt and Rachel Maxwell, Scott Welsh, Giovanni Welsh, Ginny Zuege, Conner Stromberger, Taya Stromberger, Garret Thompson, Carrie Terryberry and Sharon Clark.
He also recognized efforts by Chase County Schools, where the race now headquarters, and the city of Imperial.
The Fair Run was sponsored by Imperial Super Foods, Running Times magazine, McNair Agency and Synergy Total Fitness.
Here are the full race results.
Overall winners
Kids—Jaret Peterson; Ava McNair
One Mile—Cody Taylor, 7:41; McKenna Ashmore, 7:40
5K—Ike Maxwell, 18:52; Kaley Hauxwell, 23:14
10K—Christian Hughes, 40:05; Lauren Klima 42:39
5K men age group winners
13 and Under—1) Trevor Peterson, 2) Landis Beverly, 3) Cedric Maxwell
14–19—1) Indy Smith, 2) Holden Dreiling, 3) Ryan Moline
20-29—1) Logan Krueger, 2) Chad Cochran, 3) Kyle Webster
30-39—1) Jason Taylor; 2) Craig Wenzlick; 3) Tom Rau
40-49—1) Troy Hauxwell, 2) Bill Christensen, 3) Kriss Krutsinger
50-59—1) Roy Grosbach; 2) Tod Burrell; 3) Doug Gaswick
60-69—1) Art Luhrs, 2) Tim Bartels
70+—1) Al Zuege, 2) Tony Cribelli
5K women age group winners
13 and Under—1) Morgan Peterson, 2) Elizabeth Barenberg, 3) Gabby Krutsinger
14–19—1) Peyton Fiedler; 2) Kylie Gokie; 3) Josie Peterson
20–29—1) Tabitha Russell; 2) Erica Pirog; 3) Katie Ellerbee
30–39—1) Krystal Posey; 2) Abby McNair; 3) Ashli Maris
40–49—1) Janie Garza, 2) Stacy Towns, 3) Nicole Welsh, 4) Cheryl Wallin-Fornoff
50–59—1) Kristi Krueger, 2) Monica Poppe, 3) Renae Bottom
60+—1) Tess Brown
10K men age group winners
19 and under—None.
20–29—None
30–39—none
40–49—1) Tray Swartz, 2) Robert Clay, 3) Bruce Peterson
50–59—1) Mark Gokie
60+—1) Raymond Texter
10K women age group winners
19 and under—None.
20–29—1) Larissa Wach, 2) Kristen Reimar, 3) Mackenzie Hite
30–39—1) Analisa Colglazier, 2) Leslie Aeby, 3) Alicia Fries
40–49—none
50–59—1) Martha Roe
60+—None
Full results
One Mile Run—1) Makenna Ashmore, 7:40; 2) Cody Taylor, 7:41; 3) Jaret Peterson, 7:47; 4) Collin Taylor, 7:48; 5) Ali McNair, 8:13; 6) Sam McNair, 8:14; 7) Tyler Spady, 8:27; 8) Zachery Corman, 8:28; 9) Tristan Hite, 8:32; 10) Dustin Corman, 8:54; 11) Trevor Spady, 9:28; 12) Trevin Moreno, 9:33; 13) David Almanza, 9:34; 14) Delaney Krutsinger, 10:27; 15) Penny Hite, 12:31
5K Run—1) Ike Maxwell, 18:52; 2) Indy Smith, 19:16; 3) Holden Drieling, 19:36; 4) Logan Krueger, 19:38; 5) Ryan Moline, 19:49; 6) Steven Welsh, 20:09; 7) Jason Taylor, 20:18; 8) Roy Grosbach, 20:25; 9) Will Kuenne, 20:53; 10) Todd Burrell, 21:54; 11) Chad Cochran, 22:02; 12) Trevor Peterson, 22:04; 13) Craig Wenzlick, 22:11; 14) Kaley Hauxwell, 23:14, 15) Troy Hauxwell, 23:15; 16) Landis Beverly, 23:45; 17) Peyton Fiedler, 23:48; 18) Kylie Gokie, 22:53; 19) Josie Peterson, 23:55; 20) Krystal Posey, 23:57; 21) Tabitha Russell, 24:15; 22) Erica Pirog, 24:16; 23) Alyssa Moreno, 24:41; 24) Cedric Maxwell, 24:56, 25) Katie Ellerbee, 25:24; 26) Michelle May, 25:28; 27) Kristi Krueger, 25:39; 28) Tom Rau, 25:46; 29) Jayden German, 25:47; 30) Abby McNair, 26:03; 31) Ashli Maris, 26:05; 32) Brooke Olson, 26:30; 33) Rose Sullivan, 26:31; 34) Kyle Webster, 26:39; 35) Bill Christensen, 26:40; 36) Char Wallin, 26:46; 37) Chad Yaw, 26:59; 38) Whitney Burke, 27:05; 39) Emily Vogt, 27:08; 40) Morgan Peterson, 27:15; 41) Mason Meeske, 27:23; 42) Caleb Bubak, 27:24; 43) Stephanie Stromberger, 27:23; 44) Kacia Smith, 27:48; 45) Mallory Coleman, 27:52; 46) Janie Garza, 28:10; 47) Colby Duvel, 28:11; 48) Nike Smith, 28:19; 49) Bethany Sorensen, 28:24; 50) Jennifer Brown, 28:31; 51) Tagan Mays, 29:13; 52) Doug Gaswick, 29:44; 53) Monica Poppe, 29:57; 54) Cassie Carman, 30:10; 55) Emma Fulton, 30:16; 56) Allison Jonasen, 30:20; 57) Kriss Krutsinger, 30:22; 58) Bobbi Scott: 30:26; 59) Mardell Duvel, 30:30; 60) Stacy Towns, 30:47; 61) Renae Bottom, 30:51; 62) Sonya Schilke, 30:52; 63) Al Zuege, 31:57; 64) Jake German, 32:12; 65) Loran Wach, 32:24; 66) Andrea Wach, 32:25; 67) Melissa Wallin, 32:27; 68) Charlesa Kline, 32:58; 69) Emily Owens, 32:59; 70) Bethany Cochran, 33:56; 71) Jim Harris, 34:14; 72) Kara Priess, 34:24; 73) Nicole Welsh, 34:50; 74) Melissa Jacobitz, 35:07; 75) Vicky Mireles, 36:18; 76) Olga Dunn, 36:19; 77) Aurora Moreno, 36:20; 78) Art Luhrs, 37:50; 79) Amber Stumpf, 39:52; 80) Tony Cribelli, 40:18; 81) Kymberli Weiss, 40: 24; 82) Cheryl Wallin-Fornoff, 41:44; 83) Lynette Meeske, 41:45; 84) Sheyla Christner, 42: 26; 85) Kayla Prosser, 42:27; 86) Lynn Prosser, 42:58; 87) Deon Skomp, 44:24; 88) Tim Bartels, 44:25; 89: Nickolas Rau, 44:43, 90) Tess Brown, 45:56; 91) Jenifer Swartz, 46:26; 92) Elizabeth Sarnburg, 49:35; 93) Gabby Krustsinger, 50:14
10K Run—1) Christian Hughes, 40:05; 2) Lauren Klima, 42:39; 3) Troy Swartz, 43:00; 4) Analisa Colglazier, 46:08; 5) Robert Clay, 47:39; 6) Mark Gokie, 48:29; 7) Raymond Texter, 48:54; 8) Leslie Aeby, 51:29; 9) Bruce Peterson, 52:44; 10) Alicia Fries, 52:46; 11) Michelle Sefick, 55:18; 12) Nicole Tjaden, 56:43; 13) Larissa Wach, 56:56; 14) Kristen Reimar, 56:57; 15) Taren Hendricks, 57:34; 16) Martha Roe, 58:27; 17) Crystal Peterson, 58:44; 18) Jennifer Lyndquist, 1:00:48; 19) Mackenzie Hite, 1:01:51; 20) Jennifer Harris, 1:03:35
Kid’s Half—Jaret Peterson, Ava McNair, Keaton Corman, Haven Hauxwell, Andrew Goodell, Cora Taylor, Mason Wallin, Tell Richardson, Trea Spady, Gavyn Maris, Aria McNair, Conner Stromberger, Faith Hauxwell, Tanner Roenfeldt, Conner Taylor, Lydia Clay, Remington Yaw, Taryn King, Maura May, Tatum May, Kendall Posey, Kate Clay, Mulah Aeby, Charis Goodell, Elijah Goodell, Jocelyn Clay, Trevin Moreno, Brextin Moreno.

 
1969 Camaro takes People’s Choice at 10th annual Car Nutz Cruize-in PDF Print E-mail

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By Sheri Hink-Wagner

The Wauneta Breeze

Saturday afternoon during the Chase County Fair, Imperial’s Wellington Street was a sea of shining chrome and paint during the 2014 Car Nutz Cruize-in, the group’s 10th show.
The event drew 55 entrants plus seven club members’ cars for a total of 62 cars on display for all to see.
People who stopped by the show had the opportunity to vote for their favorite car. The car with the most votes was selected as the coveted “People’s Choice” winner.
This year the People’s Choice winner was Gary Parks of McCook with his 1969 Camero.
Car Nutz members also cast their votes for the best car in the show. The “Club’s Choice” Award was given to Shannon McCartney of Chappell for his 1969 Dodge Superbee.
Three area car dealerships also sponsored awards in the show. Award winners were chosen by dealers’ representatives, who chose the car they liked best.
The Imperial Country Ford Top Ford Award was given to Shawnie Schields of Goodland, Kan., for her 1972 Ford Mustang Mach 1.
The Harchelroad Motors Top GM Award was taken by Shawn Adams of Culbertson for his 1969 Camaro.
The Deveny Motors Top Mopar Award went to Bob Debour of Holyoke, Colo., for his 1934 Plymouth PE.
The club also awarded a trophy to the best rat rod of the show. This year’s winner was Randy Raile of Goodland, Kan., for his 1938 Ford Pickup.
Award for the best interior went to Jack Karre of Grant for his 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air.
Best engine award was given to Lyle Brown of Stratton for his 1959 Chevy Apache Pickup.
The award for best paint went to Rick and Tracy Ruggles of McCook for their 1959 Chevy Apache Pickup.
All show entrants received a t-shirt, flashlight and goody bag. All entrants and the public were invited to participate in the Valve cover races again this year.
Sandra Reinke with Car Nutz  said the group was “pretty excited” because this year was the group’s 10th show, something she said wouldn’t have been possible without all the show sponsors.
A percentage of the proceeds from the show will go to a scholarship given by the Car Nutz Car Club to a senior  who is going in to the automotive field (mechanics, auto body, etc.). The scholarship is open to any Chase County senior attending either Chase County Schools or Wauneta-Palisade Schools. Seniors can apply for the scholarship by contacting any Car Nutz club member.
Below is a list of winners from the show, listed in no particular order. Each of the winners received a plaque for their entries.
Class A Winners—Trent Lindstedt, North Platte, 1940 Ford Deluxe Coupe; Bob Adams, Trenton, 1935 Chevrolet Coupe; Larry Hilty, Sterling, Colo., 1939 Chevrolet Coupe; Blake Stegman, Oshkosh, 1937 Chevrolet Sedan.
Class B Winners—Jack Karre, Grant, 1955 Bel Air; Jim Coghill, Ogallala, 1956 Bel Air; Don Lafferty, McCook, King Midget; Dan Carstens, Culbertson, 1955 150.
Class C Winners—Tom Sowle, North Platte, 1968 Ford Mustang; Shawn Adams, Culbertson, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro; Heath Vrbas, Palisade, 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle; Gary Parks, McCook, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro.
Class D Winners—Neil Noel, Beaver City, 1977 Malibu Classic Wagon.
Class E Winners—Melissa Holmes, Wauneta, 2010 Camaro; Andrew McCroden, Ogallala, 2002 Pontiac Trans Am; Zeke Peterson, Brule, 2002 VW Beetle; Doran Jessee, Benkelman, 2011 Dodge Challenger.
Class F Winners—Zeke Peterson, Brule, 2002 VW GTI; Bill Larabee, Lamar, 1933 Factory Five - 33 Hotrod; Randy Raile, Goodland, Kan., 1938 Ford Ratrod Pickup; Matt Moser, Imperial, 2001 Pontiac Trans Am WS6.
Class G Winners—Don Kelley, Imperial, 1955 Ford F-100; Lyle Brown, Stratton, 1959 Chevrolet Apache Pickup; Rick and Tracy Ruggles, McCook, 1953 Chevrolet 3100 Pickup; Korey Wooden, Imperial 2005 GMC Siearra.
Class H Winners—Aaron Stegman, Oshkosh, 1966 Chevrolet Impala.—Show sponsors
(Listed in no particular order)—Pinnacle Bank, Highline Electric, Advanced Automotive, St. Patrick Catholic Church, Cody Wooden, Kelly Clevenger, DSK Irrigation, NAPA, Rugtukr, Markee Ag, Enders Lake Golf Course, Imperial Credit Union, 21st Century Equipment LLC, Adams Lumber, Keystone Automotive, Tequila’s Mexican Grill, Artistic Woodworking, Frenchman Valley Produce, Snap-on Tools–Gary Cross, Great Plains Communications, Imperial Republican, Liewer Funeral Home, McNair Agency, Deveny Motors, Harchelroad Motors, Imperial Country Ford, Adams Bank & Trust, Chase County Tourism, Mathews Family Chiropractic, Fine Things Jewelry & Gifts, Titan Machinery, Alco, Beverage Barn, Auto Shop, Carquest Auto Parts, The Color Box, Colson Agency, Stan Cross, Merle Miller and Glen Yoder.

 
Dance teams entertain enthusiastic crowd PDF Print E-mail

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By Carolyn Lee

The Imperial Republican

Despite the fact that there were just four dance teams performing in the Dance Crew Contest at the Chase County Fair Aug. 16, the audience was entertained.
First place and $400 went to the North Platte Stage Dance Studio. It was the third year the group had performed at the fair.
Second place and $300 went to the Ogallala Indianettes, in their first performance of the season.
Third place and $200 went to the Kimball Cheer team, which performs at all home sporting events.
Also performing were the Paxton Prowlers. The Chase County Schools cheerleaders were not represented.
Organizer Vanessa Terryberry said she suspected that the fact that school had begun for most area schools played a part in the low number of competitors.
The teams were judged on presentation, execution, choreography and confidence, among other aspects, by five judges.
Performing for the audience’s pleasure in between competition was the Glitter, Sparkle and Shine group of elementary students from Imperial.
Owens True Value and The Color Box sponsored the event.

 
Cambridge couple takes People’s Choice Award PDF Print E-mail

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By Jan Schultz

The Imperial Republican

A sharp 1947 aqua, white and silver Indian Chief took top honors, the People’s Choice Award, at the Chase County Fair motorcycle show.
Held Aug. 16, the event drew 29 entries during a very hot afternoon at the fair.
Coordinated for the fair board by the District 12 ABATE organization, bikes were entered in a variety of classes including best domestic, best metric, best modified, best mini and best pre-1970.
In addition to the People’s Choice Award, recognition was also given to the individual who drove furthest to the fair’s motorcycle show.
The People’s Choice entry, which also won the pre-1970 class, came from Gene and Sue Witte of Cambridge.
Witte said he bought the Indian Chief about 10 years ago from a man who had started to restore it. He finished the work and entered it in the fair. It’s one of about a dozen bikes they own, he said.
The Cambridge couple is no stranger to the fair. They also won the People’s Choice Award at the 2012 Chase County Fair’s motorcycle show with a 1946 Harley-Davidson.
Kyle Briggs, a former employee of S & L Farms in Imperial, drove 1,500 miles from Elbridge, N.Y., on his V-Rod Muscle to claim the plaque for furthest away.
Each winner received a plaque with space allowed on it to insert a color photograph of their winning entry.
Serving as show judges were Greg Koellner of Imperial and Steve Statz of Haxtun, Colo.
Helping sponsor the contest were Liewer Funeral Home and Hegwood, Inc.
ABATE Dist. 12 is selling tickets for a firearm, which was on display at the motorcycle show. The winner will be chosen at the club’s Nov. 2 meeting. Tickets are available from any ABATE member.
Here is the list of motorcycle show winners.
People’s Choice—1947 Indian Chief, Gene and Sue Witte, Cambridge.
Traveled furthest—Kyle Briggs, Elbridge, N.Y., 1,500 miles.
Best domestic—Dustin Hays, St. Francis, Kan., Harley-Davidson Night Train.
Best metric—Kathy Pankonin, Imperial, 2006 Yamaha 650 V-Star.
Best modified—Derek Rayburn, Cambridge, 2012 Harley-Davidson Custom Construction.
Best mini—Chad Cochran, Imperial, homemade WCC.
Best Pre-1970—Gene and Sue Witte, 1947 Indian Chief.

 
Imperial FFA float takes top prize in fair parade PDF Print E-mail

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By Jan Schultz

The Imperial Republican

Imperial FFA’s float with  the Statue of Liberty, colors of red, white and blue and a lot of balloons won the Grand Prize in the Chase County Fair Parade, Aug. 16, in Imperial.
Also taking first place in the organizations division, the FFA float carried several chapter members and had the following message on a placard at the back: “FFA and the Land of Liberty—Both providing opportunities for Living the Dream.”
This year’s parade theme was “Livin’ the Dream.”
It was a large parade again this year, with 56 entries in four divisions, 11 semi-trucks and 88 corvettes, in addition to Imperial and Lamar fire department vehicles and the Imperial EMS.
Also having a big presence this year were several political candidates who are seeking elected office this November, or their campaign representatives. Six were represented in the parade this year.
Leading the parade this year as Grand Marshals were Jeff and Connie Pribbeno of Imperial.
The Imperial Chamber of Commerce coordinates the parade each year for the fair board.
First and second in each class received $50 and $25, respectively, in Chamber Bucks. The Grand Prize winner earned an additional $75.
Here are the first and second place winners in each division.
Organizations
1st and Grand Prize Winner Imperial FFA; 2nd Silver Spurs.
Business/professional
1st Veterinary Services; 2nd Prairie States Communications.
Open class
1st Chase Co. Schools senior class athletes; 2nd B & B Rocking Chairs.
Religious
1st United Methodist Church/Rainbow Promise Preschool. There were no other entries.
There were no equestrian  entries in this year’s event, although a number of horses took part in the parade in other divisions.

 
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