The 39th annual Lum and Abner Festival, was held at Janssen Park on Friday and Saturday and was a great success. The event held several new activities that proved to be wildly popular including helicopter tours and the gyro extreme ride in the kiddie korner. The Discovery Channel’s James Goad and his Reaper street car were also a popular addition.
The music entertainment was crowd pleasing and never stopped. Entertainment included several local bands, as well as headliners, Billstown and Pamela K. Ward.
Contests of various sorts were held throughout the festival as well. In the annual Lum and Abner 5K Run, Clint Buck was the first to cross the finish line and was awarded Overall Male winner. Morgan Fagan was the first female to cross, earning her the Overall Female title.
The 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament was a hit as well. The winners in their respective age groups were: Ages 7 – 10, The Splash Bros; ages 11-13, Hoopers; ages 14 – 16, Splash Zone; Women’s winners were the Blue Team; and Men’s winners were the Swiss Rolls.
In the annual Elks Fishing Derby held at the ponds in Janssen Park, in ages 5 to 8, the biggest fish was caught by Jordan Gilchrist. The 2nd place big fish was won by Makayla Hawkins and for most fish were caught JJ Bass won and 2nd was awarded to Makayla Hawkins. The 9 to 12 year old division biggest fish was won by Kamo Breeden while 2nd place went to Paige Wilkens and the most fish were caught by Jackson Hughes with 2nd place being won by Kamo Breeden.