2014 Wheat Harvest Jamboree

New England held its annual Wheat Harvest Jamboree over the weekend of September 12-14.

Kelsey Doe (RIGHT) and Olivia Doe (LEFT) drive in their 'Tiger Pride' decorated  toy car for Doe Dairy during the parade at the Wheat Harvest Jamboree.
Kelsey Doe (RIGHT) and Olivia Doe (LEFT) drive in their ‘Tiger Pride’ decorated toy car for Doe Dairy during the parade at the Wheat Harvest Jamboree.

Posted September 19, 2014

By COLE BENZ | Herald Editor | cbenz@countrymedia.net

New England held its annual Wheat Harvest Jamboree over the weekend of September 12-14. There was a very large turnout and there seemed to be something for everybody during the festivities.

Friday night the weekend kicked off at the BAR with a dart tournament and the always popular activity of Karaoke.

First thing in the morning was the 5K sponsored by the Founding Father’s group. The event started at the Lions Park, the top three finishers included Dion Ficek, who place first with Riley Dvorak and Angel Cornelius taking second and third respectively.

As the event went on, the parade down main street was a big hit with event goers of all ages. From kids to grandparents, people lined Main Street of New England to watch all of the floats on display.

The theme of the parade this year was ‘Tiger Pride’ and the creativity and showmanship of the entries was a visual display of the passion the native New England’ers have for their community.

The parade had three contest winners. First went to the Girls Scouts. They utilized black and orange balloons and attached them to a canope that went over the trailer bed in a criss cross manner. Also decorating it with streamers and using a tent, a tiger costume, and a giant tiger paw resting on the hitch.

Second went to the Slope County Bandits. They too utilized orange and black balloons but attached them to the edge of the trailer. It was being towed by an ATV that happened to be orange and black, but also donning a tiger mascot on the front of the vehicle.

The third and final award went to a group called This Bus.

The float was a recycled school bus, painted in very ornate psychedelic color schemes with ‘Tiger Pride’ themes imbedded into the design. They also attached two flags with tigers printed on them from either side of the front of the bus.

During the festivities, a horse shoe tournament was held behind the Lions Park shelter and playground. The winners are as follows: 1.Rocky Kovar 2.Tracy Kovar 3.Willy Polensky 4.Gary Miller.

A demolition derby was also held. Winning that event was Derek Hoyt of Dickinson.

If you were hungry there were plenty of options. First, there was a stand serving the ever popular kettle corn, along with a few other fried treats.

The commercial club also held a good will donation meal, serving hotdogs and barbecue sandwiches along with soda and chips.

Siam Thai food truck, opening for the last day of the season, was serving egg rolls, wontons and a variety of other Thai food dishes. Concessions were also available at the demolition derby, along with The B.A.R. offering beer garden services.

The biggest hit of the night were the Indian Tacos served by the Libarary and available at Memorial Hall. The success was apparent by the fact that they were sold out by 6:30.

Highlighting the mid evening festivities was the Pee Wee football game between New England and Baker. New England was victorious by a commanding 32-7 score.

Capping off the evening was a street dance, accompanied by the music of Sawdust.

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