With the heat turned up, people hit the streets.
By COLE BENZ
With temps bordering on three digit heights, Bowman celebrated their annual Summerfest celebration with activities all day and into the evening.
“It went great,” said Emily Bostyan, President of the Bowman Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors. “We had a good turnout.”
One of the highlights of the high turnout was the participation in the 3-on-3 basketball teams. The tournament had 37 registered teams from all over the region. The games were played on half court sized spaces throughout downtown, including next to the Cedar Chest, Morland Financial, and Able, Inc.
The 2017 Summeriest 3-on-3 winners in each category were as follows:
•Grades 3-4 Coed
Flash: Luke Nohava, Dylan Hedge, Jackson Fischer, Chandler Lambourn
Old Bloodz: Kirklan Meschke, Roman Fossum, Bohden Duffield
The Naturals: Claire Stafford, Sage Stadheim, Ashlyn Fischer, Jaci Fischer
Ringers: Brady Senn, Nathon Sabot, Luke Kordovsky, Colby Schaff
Hawks: Bailee Pierce, Sam Oase, Tate Kohn, Katrina Poss
Victorious Secret: Chance Andrews, Easton Walby, Denit Sorenson, Ben Phelps
Dunk after Dunk: Mikayla Bartholomay, Meggie Fischer, Cassidy Walby, Taylor Powell
Suns Out Guns Out (Mott): Taylor Zentner, Cody Zentner, Chad Mosbrucker, Tanner Zentner
New to Summerfest was a sand volleyball tournament. There were four registered teams and The Diggers (Alexa Walby, Ali Daniel, Masy Kuntz, and Macy Gress) took home the top prize. Coming in second place were the Sabe Girls, which included Haley Sabe, Hannah Sabe, Kari Sabe, and Kate Sabe.
To cool the kids of the high heat, the event featured a large, inflatable waterslide set up just outside of Bowman Sales and Service. The giant slide came down and dumped kids in a pool of water at the end of the tunnel. Kids were lined up to get their chance at come fun in the sun.
“The inflatables are always a huge hit,” Bostyan said.
Bowman Fire Chief Chris Palczewski helped tame the heat for Main Street patrons, turning on the water flow from a roof-top nozzle atop of one of Bowman’s fire trucks. The falling water was surreal as it was a rain shower with sunshine, and for a few moments, people standing downtown stopped and held their arms out in hopes of catching some moisture.
More than 100 classic cars were on display at Bowman City Park as part of the day-long event. The Dakota Territory car show gave motor enthusiasts the chance to show of their passion. Cars from the early 1900s to the more modern models were parked in the sun for patrons to admire. The number was up this year from last, this year there were 112 vehicles. Tractors and modded vehicles were also parked at the park for display.
The show was cut short, however, as the sun quickly hid behind clouds. When it looked like the weather might progress, the drivers hopped in their cars and headed for shelter.
But it wasn’t too long before the clouds dissipated and the grills were fired up.
Before the 8 p.m. street dance that featured music from Orchard Fire, six teams and/or individuals competed for the best tasting ribs.
Doyle Kruger took first place with the Miller Brothers taking second. Justin Storlie was awarded third place for his ribs. Others to compete were ‘Smokin with The Beach Boys,’ the Amidon Fire Department, and ‘Pig Mechanics Beach.’
Judging the competition was Scott Hardy, Jon Brosz, Sandy Steckler, Duane Foss, and Rick Nelson.
The committee will have a follow-up meeting to discus how the day went and if they want to change or add anything for next year. The meeting is standard do after all chamber events.
“[After] every event we have a follow-up meeting and brainstorm for the next year,” Bostyan said.
“We just want to thank all of our sponsors,” she said. “We couldn’t put events like this on without our sponsors and our volunteers.”