In a word; Awesome!

   The Harvest Fest “Way Beyond Beef and Bison” cook-off took off. There was a bread baking contest at the Lobby, coordinated by Adele Stenson with 16 entries, a special postal stamp cancellation under the clock, another dinner at Meadowlark sponsored by the PMC and a concert in the new high school gym that featured Wylie and the Wild West Show along with Erick Fingers Ray and an appearance by Rib Gustafson and Karaoke at Ed’s Tavern.
   And on Sunday, wrapping up the weekend party was an ice cream social, also at Meadowlark School, hosted by the NU Keil Park Project people.
   The Saturday cook-off chefs included Doug and Kim Moritz of G&D Hardware, Bubba Breding, Gene and Lana Underdahl of UFI Sanitation, Gary Brown of Big Sky, Byron Jones and Keith Hruska. The overall winner was Allison Peterson representing Hi Line Help for Abused Spouses  with a dessert category. G&D won for a main dish entry and Cravings was a winner for appetizers.
   The popular “Kiss-de-Pig” contest had an “inner” contest with I-O editor Buck Traxler and reporter Adam Jerome competing not to play “pig-smoochie.” Between the two, over $300 was raised for the CofC with Traxler just edging Jerome by only $5 and change. Neither was in the running to make friends with a pig. A little over $930 was raised this year by the pig players, the best ever.
   Other players included Lynn Utterback, defending kisser Shari Richter, Dave Howard, Mark Jones, and Cindie Vandenberg. In the end, it was PMC/CEO Jones who got up close and personal with the pig.
   A bread baking contest had Ralph Stordahl win the top prize, a bread baking machine. He won for his cinnamon rolls.
In the senior division (over 12), Phyllis Hammermeister took first, Marci Skinner second and Delores Myers third. In the junior class, Rachel Skinner placed first. There were 16 contestants.
   Special recognition for unique recipes went to Myers and Skinner, and to Karla Styren and Jacob Cowgill for appearance.
   From the car show, Rich Ebert with his 1961 Pontiac Bonneville won Best of Show and the 1950-60s car segment. Other decade winners included Dale Westerman, Bob Peters, Kelly Bishop and a Dupuyer Model T truck.
   Judy Larson the new CofC executive secretary helped pull the Harvest Fest segment together.
   Along with all of this, the new marquee at the Orpheum Theatre went up. This was another two-year project in the making that Dan Wilcox worked on with Cat Graphics of Great Falls. Theatre manager G. Tornga commented on it, saying “Every town needs a little glitz, and boy do we have glitz.”
   The marquee, which weighs almost a ton, includes a story board for programming upcoming events and programmable lights that Wilcox said, jokingly, “can do a jillion things.”
   If you missed going to see the quilt show up stairs at Joe’s Family Steakhouse, you missed some terrific art on cloth.
   Happy Birthday Conrad!