ELLINWOOD — The community of Ellinwood had a successful 41st annual After Harvest Festival with mild temperatures and large crowds at the July event, according to Chamber of Commerce Administrator J. Basil Dannebohm.
“This was the first year I had the honor of serving as chairman of the event,” said Dannebohm. “We brought back old traditions and introduced what we hope will become new traditions.”
He reported that the first night, the Logan Mize concert, had between 1700-2000 attendees. The Talent Show had 12 entries with 200 attendees.
Twenty-five entries participated in the shoot and five teams were in the Business Olympics. Ninety-four people ran in the 5K Rock N Roll.
In the parade, there were 88 entries with 2,000 in attendance.
“It was a very good year,” said Dannehohm. “We had record turnout.”
In addition, 1400 people danced to Homebrew on Saturday evening and there were 66 entrants in the Tractor Pull.
“We had amazing weather, which contributed to an amazing festival. I’ve had a number of people ask me if I thought the event was successful. That answer should really be left to those who attended the event. If the attendees enjoyed the event, created memories and had a sense of pride in the community, then I consider it a success.”
The carnival saw increases as well.
He thanked all of the sponsors and volunteers and the family of the late Butch Muehleisen for using the AHF logo he created. The logo was updated by Michele Younker.