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June 28, 2017
Fun Days — Dancing in Color — Keeping the Kourage rocks on
Theresa Merrick named Miss Westbrook for 2017 — Fourth annual Keeping up the Kourage Concert was a success
|Miss Westbrook Royalty: From left, Mackenzie Weis, Miss Congeniality; Theresa Merrick, Miss Westbrook; Little Miss Westbrook, Emma Larsen; and Addison Beaty, Runner-up.|
|Tom Merchant photo|
WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) -- Westbrook — Organizers for Fun Days can give themselves a pat on the back for a job well done. Once again the Fun Days event came off with very few glitches, if any. The weather could not have been much better for the entire weekend with the exception of cooler than usual weather. Otherwise it was a great weekend for Fun Days goers.
Thursday evening a large crowd of people stopped by Sanford’s Community Appreciation Picnic enjoying a meal of hot dogs, hamburgers, beans and watermelon. While attending, visitors were able to look over the Westbrook ambulance and the fire department’s rescue truck.
Later in the evening the Westbrook Kiwanis presented an Evening of Praise featuring a group of men from the Southwest Minnesota Mens Chorus, singing several gospel tunes at the community center. Homemade pie with ice cream was served by the Kiwanians after the event.
Friday morning things got underway at 10:30 a.m. with the Heritage Health Care Foundation holding a 4 person golf scramble at Rolling Hills Golf Club.
Later that evening seven candidates, vied for the Miss Westbrook Scholarship title. As always, the Miss Westbrook directors put together another very entertaining program. The theme for the Scholarship Program was Dancing in Color.
The candidates were: Mariah Soleta, Jordyn Berg, Cassandra Jackels, Theresa Merrick, Miranda Ankrum, Addison Beaty, and Mackenzie Weis. Also participating were the candidates for the Little Miss Westbrook title: Cadey Brown, Leah Carter, Kendall Dieter, Alandra Hansen, Ava Herding, Emma Larsen, Sarah Mershon, Miranda Mischke, Brianna Onken, and Leah VanDeWiele. Mistress of Ceremonies, Carolyn Enstad, introduced the judges — Sue Mathis of Woonsocket South
Dakota, Rhonda Heggerston of Walnut Grove, and Alisa Nickel of Mountain Lake.
Then the Miss Westbrook candidates performed their creative arts: Mariah Soleta performed a vocal solo; Jordyn Berg performed a piano solo; Cassandra Jackels performed an original cheer routine; Theresa Merrick performed an original speech: Miranda Ankrum performed a saxophone solo; Addison Beaty performed a vocal and ukulele solo; and Mackenzie Weis rounded out the talent with a comedy monologue.
Next the Little Misses were presented and they performed a dance routine.
The candidates performed a physical fitness routine to the tune of Can’t Stop the Feeling.
After the Presence and Composure portion of the program, the Little Miss candidates performed a dance routine followed by the crowning of Emma Larsen as the Little Miss Westbrook.
The scholarship awards and crowning of the new Miss Westbrook then took place.
Each candidate received a participation award of $200, ($100 from the VFW Post 5098, $50 from the WAV, and $50 from Miss Westbrook committee).
Mackenzie Weis received the Interview award - $300 from Bank Midwest $200, Matt Jackels Construction $100.
Mariah Soleta was awarded the Scholastic Achievement - $300 by $100 each from Westbrook Kiwanis, Onken Backhoe Service, and Roger Haar State Farm Agency. Jordyn Berg received the Creative Arts Award $300, - $200 from Micawber Club, and $100 from Dave’s Custom Woodworking.
Theresa Merrick won the Physical Fitness award - $250 by WAV and $50 by Muske, Muske & Suhrhoff.
Addison Beaty won the Presence and Composure award - $300 from $250 by Walnut Grove Loggers $50 Muske, Muske & Suhrhoff.
Cassandra Jackels received the Rising Star Award $250 from Westbrook Fire Department.
Miranda Ankrum was named Miss Photogenic by popular vote and received a $200 scholarship from Knakmuhs Agency.
Miss Congeniality Award was given to Mackenzie Weis - $200 from the Westbrook Women’s Club.
Addison Beaty was named 1st runner up award of $400 - from Sanford Medical.
Then the moment everyone was waiting for — Theresa Merrick was crowned Miss Westbrook for 2017. She received $500 from the Westbrook Lions Club.
Miss Westbrook — Theresa Merrick and her court, Addison Beaty, Mackenzie Weis and Little Miss Emma Larsen will represent the Westbrook community throughout the coming year.
After the Scholarship Program the program dancers were able to dance under the big tent to the music of Hicktown Mafia.
Saturday was a full day of events with Rummage Sales, Sand Volleyball, Summer Olympics, Bingo, Charger Mini Golf, and other fun games for kids of all ages. Kicking off the day was a 5K Fun Run-Walk that got people moving in the early morning.
At 10:00 Summer Olympics, Charger Mini Golf, and the petting zoo all began. At 11:00 car enthusiasts were treated to a car show on the east side of the city park. Over thirty classic cars along with a couple other vehicles were on display throughout the early afternoon.
The popular pedal tractor pull also began at 11:00 sponsored by Westbrook Ag Power.
At noon bingo was held under the big tent along with the beer garden for thirsty visitors.
Inflatables in the park were very popular for the youngsters who climbed, jumped, and slid through the kid friendly inflatable obstacles.
From 12:30 to 3:30 kids and adults were able to cool off at the Westbrook Swimming Pool for open swimming time.
At 3:00 in the afternoon the Kiwanis Grand Parade was held with over 100 units. After the parade there was a variety of food vendors serving food and goodies in the park.
At 6:00 the warm up The Nectorines band began performing for the Keeping up the Kourage Concert under the big top in the city park.
The concert featured Stephanie V. and the Headliners Band and Dave Bickler singer from Survivor capped off the evening.
Those attending were not disappointed, hearing star performances of many hit numbers from the bands. These older and younger rockers gave a fantastic concert.
During the concert much of the crowd were on their feet, with many joining in with the lyrics. It was another awesome night for rock and roll fans of all ages attending the fourth annual concert, sponsored by the Keeping up the Kourage Foundation.
Sunday morning a community worship was held at
Trinity Lutheran Church followed by the french toast feed at the community center sponsored by the Westbrook Fire Department.
In the activities held at Bonnie & Clydes 2 were bingo for all ages by the W.A.V; a city wide medallion hunt.
With all of the events held and great weather, the Fun Days Committee can celebrate the success of another huge Fun Days!
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