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Bowman brings the heat at Summer Fest

Gary Burkhardsmeier takes home the title for tastiest ribs at this year’s Summer Fest RibFest.
Frank Turner/Bowman County Pioneer

Both visitors and local alike in Bowman celebrated Bowman’s biggest annual Chamber of Commerce event, Summer Fest. For an entire day, people could find plenty of events on Main Street to participate in.

By Frank Turner

On Saturday morning, people started the day with competitive 3-on-3 basketball games.

According to Chamber Board member Sarah Stuchl, this year was the 25th annual 3-on-3 basketball event.

“The 3-on-3 basketball tournament continues to be a popular event and was again a success,” said Stuchl. “We had 38 teams play in basketball tournament this year across the different age divisions.”

Teams: Running Rebels, Elite, Baker Spartans, Tune Squad, Curb Appeal, Freshies, Lebron’s Tutors, and Team Jesus all came out victorious in their age divisions.

Basketball teams compete for the wining title at the 25th annual Summer Fest 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Frank Turner/Bowman County Pioneer

The Chamber also hosted their first Summer Fest corn hole tournament. Stuchl said that the response was really positive and that 13 teams participated. At the end of the tournament, Jim and Alex Bartholomay took home the first ever Summer Fest cornhole champion title.

Throughout the day, food venders and sidewalk sales venders took advantage of the festivities. In addition to vendors, people satisfied their shopping fix with the citywide rummage sales.

Kids also had a blast at Summer Fest, running their hearts out on the inflatables and blow-up games. 

At dinnertime, participating cooks grilled and put their best rib forward to participate in the RibFest.

Stuchl said that the RibFest was the most popular part of the festivities with over 500 people served. In the end, Gary Burkhardsmeier took home the title for tastiest ribs.

Ribs were served a plenty at this year’s event.
Frank Turner/Bowman County Pioneer

Overall, Stuchl said that she was excited to discuss what worked well in this year’s summer fest and what can be improved.

“We will soon have a wrap up meeting to re-evaluate the events and see what improvements we can make to continue to make this a fun day for the whole community,” she said. 

At the end of the night, Stuchl said that the street dance was a great way to wrap up the festivity, and she thanked everyone involved.

“Thank you to all of the sponsors and volunteers that made this great event possible.”

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