The Rippey Public Library’s second annual car show was a great success. There was good food, awesome cars, motorcycles, a tractor, including a lawn tractor, and a Volvo semi-truck with attached fifth-wheel camper.
The day was hot! Who would have thought it would be 90 degrees on Sept. 23?
Gary and Connie Schmidt were in charge of organizing the car show, and the Dash Plaques, People’s Choice and Owner’s Choice trophies were generously provided by Heartland CO-OP of Rippey.
The winners were Mike Mentzer of Jefferson, who won the Owner’s Choice trophy, with Mike Meyers of Grand Junction winning the People’s Choice trophy, voted by the spectators.
Decorating pumpkins, grown by Deal’s Orchard, was a great inside activity for the kids. There were many creative results, and it was a nice respite from the outside games.
Special thanks to Maralynn Rinker, Mary Millard, Mary Weaver, Dale Hanaman and Jean Borgeson for the delicious bars and cookies and Dan Brubaker for donating the meat and helping where needed.
Another special thanks to my friend, Angela Trent from Granger, who manned the kitchen throughout the day, and my husband and son, Mark and Ty, who were my right-hand men throughout the planning and until the doors were locked.
No fundraiser can be successful without the support of the willing worker bees of any community event.
Thank you to all who attended and volunteered time. It was very humbling to see your passion for our library. We will use the proceeds from this event to bring new books, programs and updated technology to our library.
Thank you to all who stuck it out in support of our library. We were definitely “sweatin'” with the oldies: as we listened to “rockin’ oldies” music by the Big Red Radio 98.9 KDLM Raccoon Valley Radio.
Food, prizes and giveaway items were provided by Brubaker Tiling in Rippey, Danielson Auto Repair in Jefferson, Tri-County Ag in Perry, Hy-Vee in Jefferson, Fareway in Jefferson, Fareway in Perry, 209 Main in Paton, Stokley Lumber in Perry, the Lucky Pig Bar and Grill in Ogden, Bomgaars in Jefferson, Motor Parts in Perry, Harrison RV in Jefferson, A&W in Jefferson, Reuters Red Power in Grand Junction, Storey Kenworthy in Des Moines, Quad County Ag in Paton, Van Wall Equipment in Perry, Printer’s Box in Jefferson and Casey’s on First Avenue in Perry.
A note from board member Jean Borgeson: “I was able to visit with people who toured our little one-room library. I listened and accepted, on behalf of the community, their praise and amazement at how nice it is for a community so small. I even met the granddaughter of John and Nora Kopaska and was glad to share, when she asked if I was familiar with the name, that they were neighbors of my father and mother-in-law and I had visited with them many times early in my marriage, almost 54 years ago. She had many good memories of visiting them on the farm. It’s a small world sometimes.”
Shawneene Kenan is director of the Rippey Public Library.