2016 Burgoo Festival is a Big Success

Martha Baker finishing 100th raceMartha Baker receiving certificateEmma B Ward TeamLindy Bell and familySparrow Early Childhood Center RecognitionsEmma B Ward Student RecognitionsACHS Principal Chris Glass and Henry ThompsonQuilt ShowQuilt ShowApplied Processes wins 1st Place in Burgoo CookoffStoney Top wins 2nd PlaceBurgoo Eating ContestBobby Murphy Wins Burgoo Eating ContestMason Carter Wins Fastest Kid Under 5 Years OldCord Mueller Wins Fastest Kid 6-7 Years OldLuke Mueller Wins Fastest Kid 8-9 Years OldBenjamin Hellard Wins Fastest Kid 10-12 Years OldLayne Day Wins Pedal Tractor Pull 0-40lb WeightJacey Peters Wins Pedal Tractor Pull 41-60lb WeightJonathan Royalty Wins Pedal Tractor Pull 61-80lb WeightBrooks Hawkins Wins Pedal Tractor Pull 81-100lb WeightBrian Ralston Wins 2nd Place in Motorcycle ShowDudley Darnell Wins 1st Place in Motorcycle ShowEddie Johnson Wins 3rd Place in Motorcycle Show

The 2016 Anderson County Burgoo Festival has officially drawn to a close, but it has been an incredible weekend for many.  Starting this past Friday, the festival seen a record number of vendors and scores of attendees visiting the booths and downtown stores.  With warm and clear weather throughout the weekend, the festival was a smashing hit.

Saturday saw the bulk of the events, both new and old.  In the morning was a pancake breakfast and the Lions Club 5k Run/Walk for sight.  A highlight of the 5k was Martha Baker crossing the finish line of her 100th 5k run where she placed second in the 60-64 year old female class.  She received a bouquet of flowers and a certificate.  Lindy Bell is another amazing runner, winning the female 25-29 year old class while pushing her three children in a triple stroller and three weeks after giving birth to her youngest child. The Emma B Ward Elementary School team also earned first place in the first annual School Challenge Award.  Aaron Hume was also the overall winner of the 5k.

Next in the events was the student and teacher recognition hosted by Anderson County High School principal, Chris Glass.  Groups from all of the elementary schools in the district were present to be recognized and some gave performances (see video below for clips).  Among the many recognitions included Anderson County Middle School student, Henry Thompson, for his amazing archery talent as well as ACHS student, Alexis Weathers, who represented Kentucky at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Boston.

At the same time in the First Presbyterian Church, there was an amazing quilt show, which included handmade quilts from around the county.  Judge Executive Orbrey Gritton was also again in the dunking booth at the Anderson County Senior Center to help raise funds for the center’s meal program.

Next up was the Fastest Kid in Anderson County. For the under 5 year olds, Mason Carter won first and Cooper Wilcox won second. For 6-7 year olds, Cord Mueller won first and Jaycie Wilcox won second. For the 8-9 year olds, Luke Mueller won first and Holland Zopff won second. For the 10-12 year olds, Benjamin Hellard won first and Joshua Wilder won second.

As the kids were running, adults were at the green trying to eat as much burgoo as possible in the new burgoo eating contest.  Dedicated as a fundraiser for CASA, Emma B Ward Elementary School principal, Bobby Murphy, won the contest.  The Burgoo Cookoff was happening at the same time and a new team was crowned best burgoo cook, Applied Processes, followed by Stoney Top Burgoo, which was formerly Four Roses, and Darnell’s Old Tyme Burgoo.

Other events included the veterans recognition and the Battle of Dogwalk Civil War Reenactment at the county park.  The recognition saw a special singer, young Jenna Simpson, singing God Bless the USA to the veterans, and the reenactment had new pyrotechnics mimicking exploding cannonballs (see below video for clips).

Then today, the kids had some more fun in the pedal tractor pull, sponsored by the Lawrenceburg Fire Department.  Layne Day took the 0-40lb class, Jacey Peters won the 41-60lb class, Jonathan Royalty 61-80lb class, and Brooks Hawkins won the 81-100lb class.

There was also a new motorcycle show event after the tractor pull.  Judging the motorcycles for cleanliness, appearance, and paint, Bill Curtsinger chose Dudley Darnell as the first place winner, Brian Ralston as second, and Eddie Johnson as third.

Be sure to watch the video below to see highlights of some of the events.  The 5k run photos were by Donna Crain Drury, the Burgoo Eating Contest photos were by Tammy Sullivan, Burgoo cookoff photos were by Dustin Abbott, and the pedal tractor pull and motorcycle contest photos were by Dalton Cook.

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