Harvest Festival a success

24_rob-2-1294PUCKER UP  — Gerald Miller, past president of the CofC and official piggy holder, holds onto the squirrely swine so that Rob Cook, Kiss the Pig winner, can clean him up for a big kiss.  Nice maneuver on that kiss, Rob.  I-O Photos by Deanna Wakkinen




By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter

The 2010 Harvest Festival was successful at bringing people together again for a great celebration.

The chili cook-off kicked off the weekend by tantalizing our taste buds. There were four winners based on five categories. These categories were taste, consistency, aroma, color and aftertaste.

In first place was G&D Hardware with “Doug’s Delight”, they went home with 30 percent of the proceeds. In second was Farm Credit Services with their “Farm Credit Special” and they received 20 percent of the proceeds.  Third place, and 10 percent of the winnings, went to Gary & Leo’s Damn Good Chili Guys and “Grandma Oda’s Damn Good Chili”.

The People’s Choice traveling trophy winner was the Farm Credit Service’s “Farm Credit Special”.

The parade and Motor Show followed on Saturday. The winners of the Motor Show were chosen in three categories: “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” and the “Best of the Show”. “The Ugly” award went to Richard Lusky of Choteau, “The Bad” went to Dean and Kathy Gemar of Conrad and “The Good” went to Brad Taber of Conrad. The “Best of Show” was awarded to Don Baney of Shelby.

The Motor Show was sponsored by Conrad Tire, Courtesy Ford, Kronebusch Electric, Gerald’s Auto Service, 4 U Collision Center, Mike & Chad’s Auto, Mike’s Muffler, Conrad Building Center, Van Motors, Jathco, Farm Bureau, State Farm, Pure Bliss Cycle, Ed’s Tavern, Northern MT Insurance and Superior Machine & Welding.

The “Kiss the Pig” contest ended with a big wet one from Rob Cook. Cook had no donations in his bucket while Gerald Miller came out second in the least amount collected. Mary Ann Ries raised the most amount of money. Other contestants were Wayne Ashworth, Ted Kronebusch and Mark Grena. Cindy Johnson also participated but was absent due to being “on the combine.” The proceeds for the “Kiss the Pig” contest will go to the Conrad Area Chamber of Commerce.