Winners announced from Purdy Fest

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Car show, barbecue, bathtub race top finishers named

Winners have been announced for contests offered at the Purdy Festival on Saturday.

The following took home prizes from the car show:

Best in Show: Scott Redshaw with a 2008 Yamaha

Classic car: Billy Roberrson with a 1972 Volkswagen, first; Russ Pendergrass with a 1968 Corvette, second.

Classic truck: Leon Brown, 1958 Ford, first; Larry Aeverman, 1950 Chevrolet, second.

Antique truck: Joyce Kelly, 1960 Chevrolet, first; Joe Hoffman, 1955 Chevrolet, second.

Motorcycle: Joe Katzsey, 2003 Harley-Davidson V-rod, first; David Kaler, 2008 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy, second.

Modern: Tim Stansberry, 2003 Corvette, first place.

In the bathtub races, the winning team was Kylie Wood, Destiny Douglass and William Murphy.

In the barbecue contest, the Pierce City team of Jeremiah Tindell and Chris Brisco took first place. James Thomas claimed second place and Ken Terry won third. Both Thomas and Terry are from Purdy.

The third annual Race for Angie Memorial Scholarship 5K and 1 Mile Walk/Run, in memory of the late educator Angie Swadley, raised $2,536.43. This was the first year a one-mile course was added to the event. The top three finishers received medals in the Mile Madness and in the 5K, both male and female divisions.

In the Mile Madness, Kelsey Fields was first in 7:54, followed by Blake Williams and Drew Williams.

In the men's 5K, Brian Walsh was first in 23:09, followed by Kyle Bishop and Chad Johnson. The women's 5K had Jordan Campbell win in 25:24, followed by Becca Couch and Kayla Ragsdale.

Renae Neill, overall chairperson for the festival, expressed satisfaction with the festival.

"Our main focus is to provide the people of the Purdy community with a very old fashioned, relaxed day with a little bit of something for everyone," Neill said. "When Coach Josh Hughes said that he didn't even chalk the softball field for the tournament, I thought, 'Perfect.' Based on the comments I've been able glean from conversations around town and those posted online, the day was absolutely a success.

"Yes, it was hot. Our local firefighters came up with the perfect solution. They created a giant fountain right in the middle of Highway C by shooting water into the air and letting it shower down on all the kids. The grassy areas were filled with adults enjoying the spectacle of their youngsters frolicking in the cascading waters and wading in the ditches that carried the run-off away. You could almost hear a collective sigh of contentment with no sign of a cell phone or electronic gaming device anywhere.

"At the risk of sounding corny, if we could create a day that reminds people of Andy Griffith's Mayberry and 'Little House On The Prairie' all rolled into one, then I would be ecstatic. I truly feel like we are pretty close to doing just that. Live music under the shade trees, free rides and inflatables for the kids, a livestock show, 4-H exhibits, petting zoo, softball tournament, bathtub races, 5K, a car/motorcycle show, veteran's reception, a craft/vendor fair and so much delicious food that you could eat all day long and never come close to tasting all that was available all came together to offer something for everyone."

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