While West Liberty hosted the Children's Festival, Nichols hosted the annual October Festival, Sep. 28. It too battled unpleasant weather in the name of family fun.
The fest began with a 5K run/walk at 8 a.m., held on the Hoover Nature Trail that runs north of town. The hope was to promote restoration of both the northern and southern sections of the trail in years to come by Nichols.
To prepare for the event, the Nichols Betterment Committee worked an entire month beforehand weeding, mowing and improving the section of the trail.
In response 34 men, women and children registered for the run, accompanied by several pets. No times were recorded; however, Greg Dauber came in first for the men while Lisa Wertzberger took first for the women.
All kids were awarded movie tickets and water bottles for participation.
Entertainment and music was contributed to the festival by announcer Donald Maylone of TZER. After Mayor Cyle Geertz started the games, the kids' spirits were in no way dampened by the rain.
The egg toss, always fun and messy, was won by Colton Kaalberg and Ross Swinton. In second, with a little egg on their faces, were Josh Mills and Tim Mills.
Josh Mills also won the bike decorating contest. His bike either resembled a duck blind or the autumn season. Second place went to Dustin Stagg, and third to Blayze Massey.
The bouncy house was sponsored by Graphic Printing’s owner Dennis Albright of Nichols. While Nichols Christian Church sold sandwiches and ice cream at the fire station the Nichols volunteer firemen provided liquid refreshments.
Also, Cheryl Grim had several of her quilts on display at the fire station.
Grim is making quilts to honor and present to retired firemen and veterans in the Nichols area. She plans to have a special presentation ceremony on Nov. 10.
Other event winners include the following: car show, Nicc Millage; tractor show, Gene Walker; musical tiles, Makenna Cook and Jarad Johnson; plank races were won by Chloe Mills, Mia Bauwens, Charissa Crockett, Keaira Lick and Alivea Vigil.
Winning trophies in the water ball competition went to J.J. Hudson in first place, Ruger Dean in second place and Derek Martinez in third place.
Nichols fest a successToni Wilson · Wednesday, October 16, 2013