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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 16 June 2011 21:26

Brittany McKinney, at center, showers the crowd with a handful of sugary sweets while riding in the Pioneer Community Federal Credit Union float at last Saturday’s Palisade Pioneer Days Parade. Brittany is joined by sister, Beth, and dad, Brian, as well as brother, Brody, who was sitting in the backseat and is mostly blocked from view. (Wauneta Breeze Photos | Josh Sumner)


Windy weather and a late evening shower wasn’t enough to put a damper on the 2011 edition of Palisade Pioneer Days.

The official total of those who registered at the village office before the parade was 265. This year’s traveling prize went to Rachel Magorrian, who traveled roughly 5,500 miles from Northern Ireland for the community celebration.

Here’s a look at the winners for this year’s Pioneer Days events:

Parade float winners — In the business category, first place, Andrew Ward of Cornhusker Lawn Service; second place, Pioneer Community Federal Credit Union; third place: Harchelroad Motors. In the tractor category, first place, George Tiller; second place, Joseph Sramek; third place, Roger Dickerson. In the automobile category, first place, the late Frank Potthoff’s 1960 Oldsmobile; second place, Pat Johnson’s 1955 Chevy 2-door hardtop; third place, Bill and Beth Smith’s 1936 Chevy 3-window coupe. In the alumni category, first place, Class of 1951, Elizabeth Gillespie Nelson, Billy Smith and Bob Wells; second place, Class of 1971, Bernie Abbuhl, Larry Busking, Marjorie Carse, Cathy Dunham, Timothy Hackert, Marsha Kautz-Ryan, Cheryl Romine, Gary Werschke, Gary Bechtold and Melody Herbert; third place, Class of 1961, Jim Witt, Virg McClatchey, Gary Malone, Suzanne Hall, Gary Abbuhl, Carol Kraus. In the organization category, first place, Wau-Pal FFA; second place, Colorguard.

Horseshoe tournament winners — First place, Craig Jordan (Trenton) and Terry Foster (Palisade); second place, Loren Cushing (Palisade) and Rich Finley (Oshkosh).

Sand volleyball tournament winners — First place, “Why Not Watermelon”; second place, The Flaigs; third place, Team Ram Rod.


Donald Hunt, perhaps better known as “D-Ray” to friends and family in his hometown of Palisade, waves to the crowd as he rides in the back of a Palisade Rural Fire Department truck in Saturday’s parade.


Elizabeth Gruhn, of Grand Island, reels in a new toy at the kids’ game area in downtown Palisade last Saturday. Gruhn is the granddaughter of Monte and Karleen Cooper, of Palisade, and the daughter of the late Peanut Gruhn.


Coy Hale grabs a bean bag and takes his best shot at a chance to win a prize at Pioneer Days last Saturday.


Valerie Hunt Leach, at far left, reaches into this Chevy Chevelle, driven by Tom Lawritson, to grab some candy from friend Shelby Dike.


Justin Huston, of the Palisade Rural Fire Department, rode at the front of this fire truck during last Saturday’s Palisade Pioneer Days Parade. Although 265 people registered at the Palisade Village Office Saturday morning before the parade, dozens more flocked to the streets to see their favorite vintage cars, hot rods and floats.