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Harvest Fest deemed a success

The community of Wolf Lake enjoyed another successful weekend during the 2013 Wolf Lake Harvest Fest on August 16-18.

“We had a great time and a great turnout,” Chairman Andrea Yliniemi said of the event.

The 30th annual event was full of activity for all ages, and the weather perfectly reflected the positive atmosphere of the festival.

“The weather was so gorgeous. It was absolutely perfect,” Ylineimi said.

The weekend kicked off with the pageants on Friday evening.

Allison Christenson was crowned Miss Wolf Lake 2013, and will serve as an ambassador for the community during her year-long reign.

Lindsey Sternberg earned the title of 1st Princess Wolf Lake 2013, and Charity Ness was named Junior Miss Wolf Lake 2013.

Sarah Aschnewitz won Junior Princess Wolf Lake 2013, with Serrennity Neis as Little Miss Wolf Lake 2013 and Jaida Hogan as Little Princess Wolf Lake 2013.

The Antique Tractor Show brought a variety of machines out for the community to enjoy.

Edger Hendrickx took first place in the Original Tractor category with a “B” Allis Chalmers.

Best Restoration went to Matt Beck with a “D” John Deere.

Nola Aho and Family won the category “She Thinks my Tractor’s Sexy” with an “NAA” Ford.

Twenty-one individuals helped to make a difference toward saving lives and donated in the Blood Drive.

This year the Mud Run benefited from the gifts of an anonymous donor, providing the ability to award prize money to the top three in both ATV and Truck categories.

Brent Wanderi took first in the ATV division, followed by Troy Biegler Sr. and Marty Frank.

Gary Johnson won in the Truck group, followed in second by Bill Myers and Kyle Hertell took third.

Isabelle Aho, 6, won the Coloring Contest in the 6 years and under division. Aimee Brainard, 9, won in the 7-9 year old group, and Mariah Skoog, 10, took the prize in the 10 and older category.

Delicious pastries and their creators battled for the title of top pie. Kathy Johnson with her Peach Pie creation came out with a victory, followed in second place by Deborah Aho with her Strawberry Rhubarb Pie.

Competitors had a chance to flex their muscles in the Arm Wrestling Contest. John Whitaker came out on top, followed with a tie for second between Cory Olds and Jason Makela, and Logan Nieson took third place.

The weekend competition continued with a Horseshoe Tournament. Calvin Kangas and Cliff Selck won the doubles division, and Keith Brasel came away with the top individual prize.

Many participants took part in the 5K Run and Walk, ranging in ages six to 64.

Andreas Aho, 10, finished first with a time of 23:2, followed by 49-year-old Carl Peterson with a time of 23:25 and 12-year-old Billy Halonen with 23:30.

Lady Luck was with Val Luedke of Menagha as he won the $500 first place drawing in the raffle. Six other fortunate entrants also came away with cast prizes.

Ron Munger was the winner of the Susi Jarvi Charm Hunt, locating the charm on the Wolf Pack sign near the Wolf Lake Waterfront Park.

“We had a lot of people step up to help,” Yliniemi said.

“I would also like to thank the many people who made this weekend such a success,” she added.

Mark your calendars for next summer, as the event will return for its traditional slot in the third weekend of August. Volunteers interested in helping to coordinate the upcoming event in 2014 are welcomed to contact Andrea Yliniemi at 218-252-5618 or another member of the committee.

Libby Larson | DL Newspapers