2019 Fireworks Raffle Winners


Six prizes, all donated by chamber members, will be awarded to seven lucky recipients during the Fireworks Raffle drawing, July 4.


  • Grand Prize:  $1,000 from First Farmers & Merchants Bank - 
  • 2nd Prize:  $500 Great GetAway travel certificate donated by Bursch Travel - 
  • 3rd Prize:  Golf Package for 4 or wine Dinner for 6 at the Austin Country Club -
  • 4th Prize:  Toro Lawn Mower donated by Donkers Hometown Appliances -
  • 5th Prize:  $250 Stadheim Jewelers Gift Certificate - 
  • 6th Prize:  Winemakers tour for 8 at Four Daughters Vineyard & Winery - 
  • 7th Prize:   Amazon Echo Spot by Medicap Pharmacy -
Dan Ulwelling 25-Mike Bike Race


Over 40 bikers participated in the Dan Ulwelling 25-Mile Bike race, June 29, at the Jay C. Hormel Nature Center.  Despite the heat and humidity, there was a good turnout.  Trophies for overall male and female bikers were awarded, as well as plaques and medals given in various age categories.


CLASS                 NAME                                                           RACE TIME

Overall Male        Patrick Welch                                               1:04:57

Overall Female    Janine Staples                                             1:33:11


0-18 Male           
First Place            Patrick Welch                                               1:04:57


0-18 Female

First Place            Julie Nesvold                                                2:00:46

Second Place       Ella Shultz                                                    2:20:32


19-29 Male          

First Place            Sam Clasen                                                  1:08:08


30-39 Male

First Place            Luke Fluegel                                                 1:16:18

Second Place       Gerald Meux                                                 1:47:45


30-39 Female

First Place            Janine Staples                                              1:33:11

Second Place       Kyra Crowston                                              1:42:03


40-49 Male

First Place            Brian Welch                                                   1:08:08

Second Place       James Rosane                                              1:08:14

Third Place           Jeremy Schulz                                              1:16:56


40-49 Female

First Place            Tammy Schultz                                              2:20:34


50-59 Male

First Place            Bob Ashton                                                   1:08:06

Second Place       Rob Legler                                                    1:08:07

Third Place           Jim Kempf                                                     1:08:07


50-59 Female

First Place             Becky Fluegel                                              1:51:22

Second Place        Sara Blumenshein                                       1:59:52


60 & Over Male

First Place             Steve Knowlton                                            1:14:05

Second Place        Ron Gilbert                                                   1:18:00

Third Place            Bob Maus                                                     1:21:37


60 & Over Female

First Place             Mary Nelson                                                 1:59:26

Freedom Fest Event Winners

Little Miss Sparkler, Mr. Firecracker Pageant


Around 10 girls and boys will be participating in the 2019 Little Miss Sparkler, Mr. Firecracker Pageant, July 3, at Bandshell Community Park.  Each child will receive a t-shirt and goodie bag for participating!  One boy and one girl winner each receive a crown, $25 in Chamber Bucks, and a ride in the Fourth of July Parade.


                                                     2019 Little Miss Sparkler - 


                                                     2019 Mr. Firecracker -


PROMOTE.    CONNECT.    ADVOCATE.

Kids Fishing Contest


65 children participated in the Freedom Fest Fishing Contest, June 29, at Eastside Lake.  Many fish were caught. Scores of prizes were awarded along with trophies for the largest fish in four age categories.


CLASS                 NAME                          

6 & under             Evelyn Stundahl           

7-9                       Sawyer Loucks              

10-12                   Draco Keller 
Winner of the $50 Chamber Bucks was Piper Kashmark age 7.