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Slater celebrates another fantastic Fourth

Another successful year is in the books for the Slater Fourth of July Celebration. Just like in years prior, the hard-working people who spend months planning and days setting up and serving the crowds deserve a great deal of thanks. Of course, the beautiful weather deserves some credit as well.

The four-day celebration began Thursday evening with the Kiddie Parade, followed by a puppet show, petting zoo and performance by the 34th Army National Band.

Friday morning, at 10 a.m. sharp, the parade began down main street toward the mass of people lining the streets. About an hour later, the final vehicles were passing by. After the parade, Nelson Park was the place to be for food and entertainment. People could sit and watch a show in the shelter, shop at the vendor tents, get a history lesson at Perry Smith’s Civil War display or head over to Grimm Park for the horseshoe tournament. The fireworks began at 10 p.m. and as always, Fred Mason and the Slater Fire Department put on an amazing show.

Saturday morning began cloudy, cold and wet, which pushed the bicycle poker run back and maybe kept a few from participating, but the mud volleyball players didn’t seem to mind the conditions. The stage at Nelson Park was again filled with talent, beginning with The Sand Box Guy, who played songs geared toward children, a dog show, hypnotist and state fair talent show winners.

Queen candidate Molly Astarita and Princess Josie Oldenkamp were crowned after the nearly 12,000 raffle tickets were counted and the raffle ticket drawing followed.

The weekend wound down on Sunday with Church in Nelson Park and the Slater Nite Hawks playing a double header baseball game against the Collins Clippers.

For the Record

• Queen and Princess - Molly Astarita and Josie Oldenkamp

• Centennial Committee/Grand Marshals -

Bill Houge

Bob Locker

Ron Locker

Gerald Schaudt

Kenny Nelson

Members that didn’t ride in the parade were:

John Scott

Jerry Mcnertney

John Zagar

• Horseshoe Tournament - Chuck and Kari Rigby

• Talent Show

Ages 15 and Older

#1 Karrie Walton - Vocalist

#2 Britney Clarke - Dancer

#3 Maria Franco - Vocalist

Ages 8-14

#1 Maddy Connell -

Vocalist

#2 Ally Monroe - Vocalist

#3 Brynna Hyen and Josie Fleisham - Guitar/Vocals

#3 (tie) Meredith and Grace Richardson - Tumbling

Ages 1-7

#1 Darcy Allen and Veda Wunder - Vocalists

#2 Elyssa Hansen - Vocalist

• Dog Show

Best Trick

#1 Jake and Josie Oldenkamp and Zeke

#2 Stephanie Knittel and Leo

#3 Chris Chadd and Ember

Best Kisser

#1 Jameson Kaiser and Bingo

#2 Veda Wunder and Cato

Best Dressed

#1 Ema Ramos and Coffee

#2 Veda Wunder and Cato

#3 Stephanie Knittle and Leo

• Mud Volleyball

I-SPIKE - Rachel Rimathe, Michael Rimathe, Becky Rampton, Jessica Stillmunkes, Jerimiah Long, Marissa Madison, Mike Sievers, Eldon Evans

• Poker Run

First - Von Ketelson - Carroll

Second - Jameson Kaiser - Slater

Third - Betsy Sobiech - Chicago

Slater 4th of July Raffle Winners:

Quilt made by Slater Log Cabin Quilters: DeDe Moore

Uptown Haircuts: Ron Belz, John Walker

Just Your Style $25 Gift Card: Denise Wennick, Lori Morrissey, Linda Adams, Jessica Denner, Neil VanSlyke, Nancy Thornwall, Emily Allen, Ron Locker, Fred Mason, Bob Franzen, Doug Horness, Cory Hillebo, Jim Mallon

Panera Gift Card: Carrie Adams

Chili’s Gift Card: John Walker, Stacie Mallon

Casey’s Pizza: Judy Fitch, Oldenkamp

Town and Country Café: Don Franksain

Barnstormers: Jeana Gingery

Blank Park Zoo passes: Kurt and April Estrem

Two ISU Football Tickets: Mark McInroy

Tornado Car Wash: Ginny Ihle

Iowa Cubs 2015 Tickets: Kelli Watson

Two Nights at Super 8 in Clear Lake: Maggie Mallon

Adventureland Tickets: McKenzie Duvick

UNI Football Game: Craig Whitney

Minnesota Twins Memorabilia: Carol Johnson

Minnesota Timberwolves Package: Mark McInroy

Trike (blue): Jeana Gingery

Trike (red): Emma Ray

Green boy bike: Stacie Mallon

Gas Grill: John Walker

Bean Bag Toss: Jeff McCann

Blue Ray: Myran Harmon

Electric Smoker: Terry Jackson

Galaxy Notebook: Denise Reischauer

HP Laptop: Nathan Brownlee

½ hog: Jim and Lori McCasland

½ hog: Evy Raes

48” Visio TV: Karen Mickelson

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