AUSTIN EDITION Austin's big winner doesn't know it yet

From staff reports

Brittany K. Manor of Austin was the grand prize winner in the Heart of America Festival's Grand Marshal drawing. However, she has yet to learn that fact.

"She doesn't even know about it yet because she's up north with her dad at the moment," said her mother, Jodi Anderson, on Wednesday.

The surprise will be pleasant, her mother said.

"She was all bummed out because we played bingo and our whole table won and she didn't, and I only won a lousy $2," said Anderson. "She'll feel a whole lot better about this."


Brittany, 11, won a year's supply of Pepsi, a two-night getaway at Holiday Inn Express in Eagan, Minn., and four tickets to Camp Snoopy. She will attend Ellis Middle School this fall.

The children of Austin were designated this year's grand marshals, and each child who participated in the events was given a ticket that went into the drawing for the grand prize.

Mini-Piggy Mile: Girls 6 and younger: First place, Anna Swanson; second, Claire McLagan; third, Beth Parlin. Girls 7 and 8: First, Tristanna Bickford; second, Gracie Drees; third, Andrea Dripps. Girls 9 and 10: First, Hannah Lekson; second, Samantha Fuller.

Boys 6 and younger: First place, William Bartemes; second, Quinlan Brunner; third, Daniel Parlin. Boys 7 and 8: First, Joseph Maxfield; second, Josh Maxfield; third, Ethan Getchell. Boys 9 and 10: First, Brian Bellrichard; second, Morgan Pratt; third, Alex Bickford. Boys 11 and 12: First, Josh Lekson; second, Daniel Jahren; third, Michael Getchell.

Fishing Contest at East Side Lake. Jennifer Marx won $50; Zach Bridgeman took the 6 and under trophy with a 6-inch bass; Spencer Holtorf won the ages 7-9 trophy with a 20-inch catfish; Autumn Weinman earned the ages 10-12 trophy with a 16-inch catfish; and Evan Morrison took the 13-15 trophy with a 40-inch carp. A total of 63 anglers participated.

The winners in the 25-Mile Bike Race were Mike Tischer of Austin and Julie Thomsen of Austin. A total of 74 people joined the race, with 44 from out of town; four from out of state; and one from another country.

The winners of the Five-Mile Hog Jog were Eric Overby, 36, of Austin, who completed it in 27 minutes and 22 seconds; and Kim Magee, 20, of Bloomington, Minn., who finished in 31 minutes, 39 seconds. A total of 141 people completed the race.

Ben and Larry Dolphin took first place in the Canoe Sprint, winning $200. They were followed in second place by Rodney and Lia Middlebrook, who won $150; Michael Tischer and Sean Mortensen in third, for $100; and Roe Erlandson and Greg Storey, who won the consolation prize of $50. A total of 14 people competed.


Harry Stevens of Austin won the $600 in travel vouchers from Northwest Airlines given away during the Street Dance. About 3,500 participated in the event.

Lyle Fire Department won the Firefighters' Challenge; followed by Stacyville, then Austin.

In the Team Tug o' War men's 18-plus, 1,151-1,350 pound-weight category, the Wolfpack, led by team captain Derek Hall won. A team led by Kevin Hemann won in the 1,350-1,500 pound weight category. The Wolfpack also won the Celebrity Tug o' War contest against Austin Police Department.

Grande Parade awards went to: Lyons Communication, Liberty Bell Crowd Pleaser; Albert Lea High School Marching Band, Best Marching Group; Austin High School Alumni Band, Best Musical Group; Holiday Park Golf Course, Most Original entry; Riverland Community College, Mayor's Choice; Cashwise Foods, Favorite on Wheels; National Guard, Stars and Stripes Forever Color Guard; Austin Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, Best Float; Wells Fargo Stage Coach, Paul Revere Equestrian Award; Charter Communications, Spirit of '76 Award; St. Olaf Lutheran Lighthouse Kids, Yankee Doodle Kids Award; HyVee Foods, Freedom Fighters Commercial Favorite; Holy Cross Lutheran School, Heroes in the Heartland Grand Marshal Award.

Softball Classic: Stars Division Champions, Akkerman Manufacturing-Jimmy's Fish, Brownsdale; second place, Torge's Dirt Bags, Austin; third, t he Rock, Austin. Stripes Division Champions, Old Milwaukee Beer, Austin; second, Remax/State Farm; third, Captain's Choice-Charley's, Austin. Sixteen teams competed.

Sixty people joined in on the Three-Mile Fun Walk for Health. About 425 children played in the Splashin' Free Pool; 1,000 people attended the free Movie in the Park, "The Man From Snowy River;" and between 1,000 and 1,500 came out for Downtown Family Fun Days. About 3,000 people attended Saturday's Concert in the Park. About 26,000 people attended the Fourth of July fireworks. About 2,500 people attended the Hambone Blues Jam. About 1,500 attended the Classic Car Show 'n Shine, in which 156 cars participated. About 200 people competed in the Hoop Shoot. About 300 people participated in the Ridiculous Relays.A total of 42 people, including 16 from outside Austin, joined the Friendship Bike Ride.

Mural in the Round winners were: Fourth grade, Annamarie Hernandez; fifth grade, Alix Borland; seventh grade, Ivan Xicarca Maxon; eighth grade, Kyle Pals; ninth grade, Rebeca Endres; 11th grade, Brayden Hall; 12th grade, Jane Moldenhauer.

Source: Festival office

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