Youngsters pull their way to state
Annual parade participants come home with prizes
About 115 youths ranging in age from 3 to 12 pedaled with all their might in the annual kids' tractor pull Saturday in the Livestock Show Arena.
But only 10 participants qualified for the state tractor pull at the Kansas State Fair, which runs Sept. 10 to 19 in Hutchinson.
Youngsters pedaled their way from west to east in the livestock arena on miniature versions of Allis-Chalmer, John Deere, Case IH and New Holland tractors.
D.J. Clam won the Class A (3- and 4-year-olds) competition. Taking second and third were brothers Zeb and G.W. Huseman respectively.
Justin Abramovitz won Class B (5 and 6), while Cayden Simmons finished second and Alyssa Hutchens took third.
In Class C (7 and 8), Jake Phillips finished first, with Billy Briggs and Carl Hecht taking second and third respectively.
Ashten Langley took home honors for first place in Class D (9 and 10) as Braden Abramovitz placed second and Crystal Coyer third.
And in Class E (11 and 12), Dustin Payne finished first, Jake Schmelstieg second and Joey McCleary third.
The top two winners in each class earned the right to participate in the state tractor pull.
At the parade
Winners were announced in seven categories after last Wednesday's Leavenworth County Fair parade.
In 4-H floats, the Boling 4-H placed first, while a float entered by Kathy Theis placed second and another float entered by Kathleen Mentagh finished third.
In the clown category, Paxton Broman finished first, Holly Tucker was second. She also won in third place.
Kenneth Thompson won first place in the old car division, while Jerry Wilburn finished second. Jerry Paul, meanwhile, took third.
In the open class for floats, Bill Whitten's float was first, The Tonganoxie Red Hat Society took second and Robert White's float was third. Chaz Needham placed first in the bike category, while David Delane was second. Ryan Bohnan, meanwhile, finished third.
In the horse category, Gus Barnett finished first, Bill and Linda Thomas were second and Teresa Gergich third.
In the most unusual category, The Leavenworth County Council on Aging's float was champion.