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Geographical Center day a huge success

By Staff | Sep 16, 2016

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Shelley Block lines up kiddie parade participants in age categories for judges to announce the winners.

Geographical Center Day was last Saturday, September 10.

The day began with the 5th annual Daryl Kuhnhenn Memorial Ride at 11 am, followed by the Kiddie Bike Parade.

Bikes were decorated creatively, with some made to look like motorcycles and others with deer antlers and more. The winners were Reagan Wald, Seth Kuhnhenn and Marly Santjer.

“I’m having fun. I won the bike parade,” Seth said.

Activities began at noon, with plenty for families to enjoy. There were seven inflatables, face painting by the RHS Art Club, minnow races, Nickel in the Hay, Balloons by Jim balloon animals, a dunk pool and a 3-on-3 Youth Basketball tournament.

Chamber Director Tracy Corum put the basketball tournament together. It ended as a Round Robin, with all participants as winners.

“I think [today] is going really great,” Shelley Block, Executive Chamber Director, said. “I see a lot of happy kids, and that’s always a good thing.”

One of the more popular activities among the kids was the dunk pool. They had fun trying to hit the small target with a ball to dump brave volunteers into a huge bucket of cold water. When they couldn’t always succeed by throwing the ball onto the target, they would run up and press the button to release the unsuspecting victim into the water.

“It’s all fun,” Ryli Kuhnhenn said about the day.

The inflatables were made possible through sponsorship from Merchants Bank, Rugby Manufacturing, First International Bank & Trust, Hwy. 2 Collision, Ramsey National Bank, Aspen Exterior, Gooseneck Implement, Bremer Bank, North Star Community Credit Union, Envision, La Bella Vita Salon and North Central Ag.

“The kids are just having fun in [the inflatables], and their parents are having fun, too, helping them get through them all,” Block said.

Another popular activity was the minnow race station, run by Wayne and Laurie Wentz.

“The kids are having a blast,” Laurie said. “Everyone is a winner. The boys, especially, love the minnows.”

Prizes included kites, Frisbees, candy, jump ropes, glow necklaces and bracelets and more. Ed’s Boat Shop in Devil’s Lake donated the minnows.

Snacks and refreshments were available throughout the day. Doug and Candace Schneibel, who also provided the music for the day, sold popcorn, cotton candy, sno-cones, and a variety of candy and drinks.

The Farmer’s Wife Cupcakes sold cupcakes and Relay for Life volunteers provided Dippin’ Dots.

Henry’s 90wt Ribs and Brisket was also available.

The day activities ended at 5 p.m., and the celebration started again at 8:30 p.m. with a street dance and music by Pop ROCKS. The dance saw around 300 people and was a huge success.

“[They were] excellent and [I have been] asked by many to bring them back,” Block said.

Geographical Center Day raffle winners were Tammy Brossart, who won the Adirondak Chairs from St. Michel Furniture; Tela Gruniar, who won the Pellet Grill/Smoker from Hardware Hank; Greg Mack, who won the 6-piece Patio Set from Shopko; and Beth Duchsherer, who won $250 in Chamber Bucks.

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