Much to do at Molson Midsummer Festival

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Photo by Gary DeVon

&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; Kally Ray, age 8 and Noni Alley, age 7, won the water balloon toss. Their balloon seemed indestructible whether it was caught or bo

MOLSON – There were probably fewer people inside the Grange Hall and the Old School Museum this year, but that could be because it was so nice outside and there was so much to do.

“We had 200 plus at the pancake feed, but for the most part it wasn’t as busy inside. But that could have been because it was so nice outside,” said Joyce Forthun, one of the organizers of the family event.

“It was a good day. I believe more people participated than in other years,” Forthun said. “We could have had a few more to pitch horseshoes.”

One of the more popular things to do when you’re not in the museum or the hall is to check out the cars in the classic car show. This year’s first place award went to Joe Schell of Tonasket for his bright red, fully restored 1948 Diamond T truck. Tim Roberts got second for his 1966 Ford and Dave Hilstad got third for his black 1936 Buick.

“I learned to drive on this,” said Schell, pointing to the big red truck. “Lawrence Staples owned the truck and it was at his Knob Hill Farm.”

When Staples retired in the early 1960′s he sold it to Schell, who didn’t get around to starting the restoration for about 40 years.

The following are some of the results of the other events at the festival:

Midsummer Run

1st Overall – Joseph Sarmiento, who also took first in the 11 to 18 year-old division.

1st Place, 10 and under – Sage Sarmiento.

1st Place, 19 to 30 years-old – Liz Raymond

1st Place, 31 to 49 years-old – Darlene Purdy

1st Place, 50 plus – Joannie Raymond.

Survivor Challenge

1st Place – the team of Theresa, George and Hunter

2nd Place – the team of Joe, Sage and Coner

3rd Place – the team of Maddie, Sandra and Brent.

Scavenger Hunt

8 to 11 years-old

1st Place – Brentt and Courtnee Kallstrom

2nd Place – Mary Soha

3rd Place – Evelyn and George Soha

12 to 16 years-old

1st Place Vaughn Taylor

Adult

Terri Kallstrom

Horseshoes Len Firpo and Tim Roberts

About Gary DeVon

Gary DeVon is the managing editor of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and celebrated his 25th year at the newspaper in August 2012. He graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in Communications - Print Journalism, with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a proud alumnus of Oroville High School. His family first settled in Okanogan County in the late 1800s. His parents are Judy DeVon and the late Larry DeVon and he has two younger brothers - Dante and Michael. Many family members still call Oroville home. He is single with a grown daughter, Segornae Douglas and a young granddaughter, Erin.

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