Forest Festival contest winners announced

Teams race down Division Street for the 2018 Jaycee's Bed Race. (David Navadeh/News Advocate)

Teams race down Division Street for the 2018 Jaycee’s Bed Race. (David Navadeh/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — The 82nd annual Manistee National Forest Festival might be over, but the memories that were made within the five day period will last for a lifetime.

Starting on June 29 and ending on July 4, the festival welcomed residents and visitors to spend time with family and friends, with more than 40 events to enjoy throughout the festival.

From contests to a petting zoo and even concerts, the Forest Festival was one of the largest installments that has ever been hosted by the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce, along with events put on by community groups, businesses and organizations.

Now more than a week after the festival has ended, the results are in from various competitions held during the festival. Many people walked away winners.

SANDCASTLE CONTEST

The sandcastle contest held at First Street Beach on June 30 was presented by Sports Ink Screen Printing and Embroidery and Lucky Lizard Awards and Gifts.

Taking the competition with a massive creation was the Madsen family, of Manistee, who built a hippopotamus. They won a trophy and $100, and it was their third sandcastle victory in the past seven years.

LUMBERJACK COMPETITION

Channeling the heritage of the area, the Manistee Lumberjack Competition paid tribute to the historic logging days. Modern-day lumberjacks competed on July 1, a contest presented by Watson Country and

The Manistee Lumberjack Competition paid tribute to the historic logging days held on July 1, as part of the Forest Festival. (David Navadeh/News Advocate)

The Manistee Lumberjack Competition paid tribute to the historic logging days held on July 1, as part of the Forest Festival. (David Navadeh/News Advocate)

Ram Trucks.

Lumberjacks competed for the first-place prize: a brand new chainsaw courtesy of Will Zoscsak Logging & Trucking, Inc. In the various categories, first place winners were as follows:

• Axe throw — David Freeman, of Ohio;

• Water boil — Robert Freeman, of Ohio;

• Underhand chop — Matt Cogar, of West Virginia, set a world record at 6.68 seconds;

• Women’s stock saw — Jill Bredahl, of Manton, in first at 6.57 seconds;

• Pro men’s stock saw — Phil Helsel and Jason Hiser tied, but after the re-match Helsel took first place at 5.75 seconds, while Hiser completed at 6.01 seconds;

• Woodsmen’s stock saw — Karl Boldenow at 10.81 seconds;

• Two-man crosscut — Matt and Paul Cogar, of West Virginia, at 4.75 seconds;

• Jack and Jill crosscut — Phil Helsel and Jill Bredahl at 2.09 seconds;

• Bow saw — Phil Helsel at 3.94 seconds;

• 0-3 modified chainsaw — Phil Helsel at 4.93 seconds; for the 0-5 modified chainsaw, Ken Freeman, of Ohio, won at 3.71 seconds;

• Five cubic inch and up open power saw — Phil Helsel set a world record at 2.34 seconds; and

• Standing block chop — Matt Cogar at 10.41 seconds.

BEARD AND MUSTACHE

The Forest Festival beard and mustache contest, which also channeled the Forest Festival theme, was held at First Street Beach on July 1. Three winners were awarded.

Brian Patten won best beard; Raymond Lanning won best goatee; and Dan Braddent won best mustache.

BED RACES

For the Manistee Jaycee’s Bed Races, seven winners were awarded as teams battled to the finish line. The competition was free to enter, and teams raced for their favorite charity. All money raised went to the charity of the winner’s choice.

The winning teams were the following:

• First ($1,000) — Heffron Farms, racing for the Children’s Advocacy Center;

• Second ($500) — Bed Wetters, racing for Homeward Bound Animal Shelter;

• Third ($130) — Cabin Nappers, racing for Manistee County Community Foundation;

• Fourth ($130) — Picardat Family, racing for the Manistee County Senior Center;

•Fifth ($130) — Manistee Post Office, racing for the Manistee High School Wrestling Team;

• Sixth ($130) — Shake and Bake, racing for the Manistee Habitat for Humanity; and

• Seventh ($130) — Homeward Hounds, racing for Homeward Bound Animal Shelter.

PRINCE AND PRINCESS PAGEANT

On July 2, the Beach Buddies Kids Day held at Lighthouse Park included naming the Forest Festival prince and princess, sponsored by the Filer Credit Union, Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital and Watson’s Manistee Chrysler.

Hunter Wojciechowski, 5, of Gilbert, Ariz., won the prince title, and Trinity Hurford, 8, of Bear Lake,

Wesson, a six-year-old bluetick coonhound, won the most patriotic pet category at the Port City Pet Pageant Wednesday afternoon. (David Navadeh/News Advocate)

Wesson, a six-year-old bluetick coonhound, won the most patriotic pet category at the Port City Pet Pageant Wednesday afternoon. (David Navadeh/News Advocate)

won princess.

DUCK RACE

The festival also featured the Duck Race on July 4, right off the Maple Street Bridge where 1,500 rubber ducks plunged into the river and raced the finish line. It was sponsored by Knizacky Insurance Agency and Salt City Kettle Corn.

Winners this year were Julie Schmeling at first place; Dianna Kaul in second; Nikki Pieper at third; Julie Schmeling (Dave, Julie, Lisa and Rachel) in fourth; and Tanya Allen in fifth place.

PET PAGEANT

Another festival favorite, the Port City Pet Pageant closed the week on July 4 organized by the Parkdale Animal Hospital. There were several categories, and more than 150 people watching at First Street Beach.

Winners (pets and owners) are as follows: cutest pet, Chowder (a small dog) and Nancy; best trick, Tigger (a dog) and Candace; best dressed, Dezi (a small dog) and Brian; smallest pet, Max (a fish) and Knox; and oldest pet, Shugar (a dog) and Jon.

 

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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