April 16, 2014

Frontier Days draws friends to Edgerton

A woman dressed in period costume entertains the crowd following the Frontier Days parade on June 15. The annual event brings neighbors, friends and families to the streets for several days with events like the parade, food vendors and a street dance.

A woman dressed in period costume entertains the crowd following the Frontier Days parade on June 15. The annual event brings neighbors, friends and families to the streets for several days with events like the parade, food vendors and a street dance. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Charlie Troutner
Special to The Gardner News
Edgerton’s annual Frontier Days celebration was held June 13-16. The event was highlighted by a street dance on Saturday night, and a tractor pull on Sunday afternoon.
The weekend celebration kicked off on Thursday night with a baby contest, and frog and turtle races on Nelson Street. There was also a carnival with rides and games for everyone to enjoy, as well as Cops and Bobbers. a game where children could cast a fishing pole for prizes.
The winners of the baby contest were Madison Niemeyer, 0-6 month’s girls; Owen Klamm, 0-6 month’s boys; Rilyn Beas, 7-12 months girls; Beau McLain, 7-12 months boys; McKinley Stambaugh, 13-18 months girls; John Tyler Lynn II, 13-18 months boys; Sofia Gaeta, 19-24 months girls; and Zachary Martin, 19-24 months boys. The turtle race winner was Jetaya Lucero.
On Friday, there was wood carving demonstrations, face painting, Professor Farquar and Polecat Annie’s Wild West Medicine Show, an ice cream social, with State Senator Pat Apple helping scoop out the ice cream, and music provided by Shane McClintock, DJ for Q104 radio station.
A parade on Nelson Street was one of the highlights of Saturday’s events. It included local groups and organizations, cars, bicycles, local politicians, horses, and the GEHS band. Piara Singh and Surinder Palkaur served as Grand Marshals of the parade.
The carnival, face painting, wood carving, stage show, and kids’ ranch rodeo were also features of Saturday’s events.

Following the parade, cheerleaders stopped to grab a bite to eat from street vendors. The duo sat in a shaded area to watch entertainment and enjoy the festivities during Edgerton’s annual Frontier Days. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Following the parade, cheerleaders stopped to grab a bite to eat from street vendors. The duo sat in a shaded area to watch entertainment and enjoy the festivities during Edgerton’s annual Frontier Days. Staff photo by Danedri Thompson

Heavy rains Saturday afternoon put a temporary halt to the activities, but a determined Frontier Days committee waited out the storm, and that evening, the street dance was able to be held, with Stephanie Rae and Drew Davis entertaining the crowd.
On Sunday, a tractor pull was held at the lot just west of the Edgerton Mini-Mart.
All in all, the Frontier Days committee felt the annual event was a success, but added that additional volunteers to help put on the event would be greatly appreciated. The committee would like to thank all of this year’s volunteers.

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