In spite of the three days of wind that beleaguered the community during the 2019 Blunt Fest celebration, turnout for the festivities was strong.
The ever popular ice cream social kicked off the festivities and was followed by the lighted parade with Blunt Fest royalty Rodney and Janice Haag taking the lead in Neil Spaid’s vintage vehicle. A fireworks display concluded the parade, and the evening closed at Medicine Creek as fest-goers rocked out to the Annabelle Band.
While eight culinary teams worked their magic on racks of ribs in the 2nd annual Hogs and Hoses cookoff, an array of activities was laid out for the enjoyment of the community. A pedal tractor pull was held at the elementary school at 9:00 a.m., and the 10th annual Jonathan Fanger Memorial Bean Bag Tourney began at 10:00 a.m. “We had 35 teams, recognized four people for being at all ten tournaments, raffled off a Yeti cooler full of alcohol, and raffled off $250 in Fanger beef,” said organizer Val Marso.
Also at 10:00 a.m., the Blunt Voluteer Fire Department gave rides on the firetrucks. Tacos were on the menu over the noon hour at the junior class fundraiser. In the afternoon, inflatables kept the little ones busy while their parents perused the offerings at the vendor fair. Main Street was the site of 4-wheeler games, and a variety of conveyances carried the poker run participants.
After a day of revelry, all were ready to gather on Main Street for the Blunt Volunteer Fire Department’s rib feed. Ely Heuertz said a prayer over the meal and recited the Fireman’s Prayer by AW Smokey Linn, originally published in 1958. Kelsey Garber sang the National Anthem.
The wind made hand-ling a dinner plate tricky, but the delicious cook-off results made overcoming the challenge worth it. Many were heard to remark that the wind was keeping away the flies and mosquitoes. Winners of the cook off were announced as Sugar Toe BBQ 3rd, Fired up and Kick’n Ash 2nd, Erfman BBQ 1st, and the BVFD recognized Ron and Sheila Moehring, longtime Blunt residents who recently moved away, for their combined forty years on the department. Winners of the BVFD’s Gator and lawnmower raffles were announced as Brad Parmely and Cathy Curry respectively, and Earl Fanger, Jr. won the Junior Firefighter’s 50/50 drawing. “We would like to thank everyone that purchased tickets and came out and supported us this year,” said BVFD Acting Chief Wyatt Leesman. Once again, the music of the Annabelle Band concluded the evening at the Medicine Creek.
Sunday proved to be slightly less windy, and in addition to worship services, a cup in hand kickball tournament was held at the Blunt Park and the second annual Ranch Rodeo in the Blunt Lariat Riding Club Arena was held in the late morning and afternoon. Savage, captained by Jett Yackley, won the kickball tournament. The following are the results of the ranch rodeo. 1st Place Team: Molly B’s Hen House; 2nd Place Team: Dakota Prairie Bank; Top Hand: Bailey Tibbs; Top Horse: Seth Norman; Hard Luck Award: Zay Norman Ranch.