Outstanding, the day was absolutely outstanding, nice, cool, slight breeze…picture perfect weather for the 41st Annual Labor Day Celebration. Truly, we couldn’t have ordered a better day.
The Dane G. Bales, Jr. Memorial Car Show had a record number of cars this year – 61 outstanding vehicles! As always, the car show spectators came ready to vote on their favorites and this year’s People’s Choice Awards are as follows: Corky Hagan’s ’69 Mercury, Kade Trembley’s ’69 Chevy, Todd Richardson’s ’78 Trans Am, Jaime Mendez’s ’69 Camero, Evan Goltl’s ‘ 58 Chevy Pickup, Brandon Kibbee’s ‘ 51 Fordish Truck, Racy Mace’s ’58 Chevy Impala, Dave Diederich’s ’86 CJ-7 Jeep, Edd & Kat Randolph’s ’32 Ford Coupe, and Judy Goltl’s ’65 Mustang. Entrants’ Choice winners were as follows: First Place: ’69 Mercury owned by Corky Hagan, Second Place: ’32 Ford Cabriolet owned by Earl Hansen, and Third Place: ‘58 Chevy Impala owned by Ray Mace. Carol’s Choice winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd listed respectively) Dakota Coomes’ 1972 Chevelle, Skip Jones’ 1938 Ford Coupe, and Dana Marintzer’s 1967 Chevy Impala. Todd Richardson traveled to the show from Spring Hill with his 1978 Trans Am and won the Long-Distance Award. D’s Traveling Trophy was awarded to James Hagan and his 1968 Camero by last year’s winner Dakota Coomes. Last, but definitely not least, the Feature Car trophy went to Warren Brunning and his 1956 Ford Sedan. Congratulations to all! Thank you car show participants for sharing your cars. You allowed many people to live vicariously through you for a moment.
Sand volleyball coordinator Chris Delimont did an excellent job running the tournament with 8 lively teams signed up for action. “Size Matters” came in first place. Team members are Joe Jackson, Sam Jackson, Scott Schulz, Val Schulz, Rachel White, and Courtney Zohner. Second place winners “Balz-n-Dollz” Josh Schemper, Bryant Reese, Jim Reiner, Beth Schemper, Kyra Reese, and Kaitlyn Noone. Third place went to “Sets Offenders” Brady Tien, Mark Pakkebier, Riley Klitzke, Bev Sammons, Jessie Tien, and Regan Kraus. The tournament was competitive yet lots of fun…much laughter was heard wafting up to the rest of the celebration from the volleyball to pit.
The day was filled with fun for everyone. Nancy Kissner and Deb Dillion from the Logan Medical Clinic spent most of the day painting the faces of adoring children. These gals did an outstanding job transforming these little faces into magical canvases. Thank you ladies! The 25-foot climbing rock wall was another big hit for the children (and some adults). Many eagerly attempted and conquered the wall. The bungee trampoline and inflatable bouncer were both quite popular throughout the day as well. Siruta Pedal Puller swooped in at 2:00 p.m. for the kids pedal pull. Almost 2 dozen kids hopped on the tractor to test their muscles.
At 5:30 p.m., Patsy Cline impersonator Melinda Ferree took those under the big tent back to the 60’s with a stroll through Patsy Cline’s musical repertoire. Patsy (Melinda) had the crowd singing, clapping, and swaying along. The fantastic musical entertainment continued at 7:30 p.m. with “The Innocence” taking the main stage, serenading the crowd with everything from George Straight to Bruno Mars. And, for the grand finale…. fireworks from Rainbow Fireworks. Once again Stephanie and her crew of pyrotechnics shattered the dark night sky with the most arresting bursts of color bringing the night to a sensational conclusion.
The Dane G. Hansen Museum board and staff want to thank the Logan Community and the fantastic service organizations that make hosting the Logan Labor Day Celebration a reality. We could not tackle this task without all of your help and we are truly grateful. And, as always, thank you Dane G. Hansen Foundation for so generously underwriting the Museum. Teamwork makes the dream work!