Numbers mixed for 2012 Summerfest

A Medora man took top honors in the annual BBQ contest Saturday evening as part of the Bowman Area Chamber of Commerce Summerfest.

Olie Golberg of Medora fixes breakfast Saturday morning before prepping for the BBQ contest as part of Summerfest. Golberg captured first place in the contest.

By Eddie Hibbs III

Pioneer Publisher & Editor

Posted on August 3, 2012

Olie Golberg captured the BBQ championship, defeating four other entries. In addition to bragging rights, Golberg returned home $300 richer.

Second place went to the Amidon Fire Department, which was worth $200. Third place and $100 went to Todd and Tracey Green of Scranton.

One of the main highlights of the Summerfest event is the near all-day 3-on-3 basketball tournament, which features divisions from the fifth and sixth graders to the open division for men and women. Last year, 47 teams entered. This year, only 32 teams entered.

Cathy Hedge, executive secretary for the Bowman Chamber, said that several other area events were also scheduled that day, including a basketball camp at Buffalo.

While numbers for the basketball tournament were down, that wasn’t the case for the number of people enjoying the aftermath of the BBQ contest.

A year ago, 374 people paid to sample the BBQ dinner. This year, 427 individuals went through the line.

“I think it helped having the Class of 1992 reunion at the same time,” Hedge added.

Overall, Hedge was pleased with the outcome.

“I think it went really well,” she said. “Things certainly went smoother this year. We seem to be getting the routine down.”

Winning the fourth grade division on the 3-on-3 tournament was the Gerbils. Other winners were:


OPEN: M Police; 11-12: The Who; 9-10: Beef Cakes; 7-8: Mandan Jets; 5-6: G-Series.


OPEN: Palbrownskis; 11-12: Q’s; 9-10: Fearsome 4; 7-8: Flight Club; 5-6: Mighty Dawgs.

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