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Libertyville: A look back in time

Oct 25, 2017

Note: Libertyville celebrated its 175th anniversary Oct. 7.

Despite a cloudy, sometimes rainy day, Libertyville’s 175th Celebration was a huge success. A big Thank You to the committee members, those that volunteered to help with events, and to all who participated.

The day started off with a Prince and Princess contest. Winners were Jack Truitt and KatieJo Dawn Scotton who were crowned by Aaron Proctor, the Prince of the 150th celebration. Jack and KatieJo, along with Madalyn Smithburg, rode in a surrey, courtesy of Rick Coffman of Douds.

The Beard Contest, sponsored by Jim’s Barber Shop, awarded Bob Waugh the fullest beard and Rod Nelson the best trimmed. It took audience participation to choose the winners!

The parade, coordinated by Jeff and Deb Proctor included Fairfield High School and Fairfield Middle School marching bands, Cub Scouts, fire departments from Libertyville, Fairfield, and Douds, floats, businesses, vintage cars, trucks and tractors, and horses. Mayor Rod Nelson gave a welcome speech and Amber Stump-McDowell sang the national anthem.

The Kings and Queens Float, decorated by Gene and Joneane Parker, included honored present and former Libertyville residents wearing period costumes! Those riding on the float: Bettye Small, Evelyn Myers, Carol Mae Wisecarver, Marilyn Nance, Don Nance, Ulala Conger, Orville Conger, Judy Brobston, Don Brobston, Janet Underwood, Mary Pencil, Keith Pencil, Terri Channel, Roger Channel, Jeri Meyers, Ron Meyers, Don Dailey, Gene Parker and Joneane Parker. The period costumes were amazing and thank you to First National Bank and the Fairfield High School for loaning them.

The Kickball Tournament was a huge success with 18 teams participating. Adult teams, family teams, kids and teenagers all competed. The winner was the Strikers Team, of Libertyville. Thanks goes to Kendall Roulet who spearheaded this event and Carrie Engle who organized the brackets.

Visitors throughout the afternoon enjoyed entertainment by LeCyne Dance Studio, Ide Gymnastics, Jessica Ring’s Twirlers, and Rob Helmick’s Tae Kwon Do class demonstrations. Old Time Music and Bingo were enjoyed at the Fire Station.

Who knew Corn Hole (bean bag toss) Tournaments were so competitive? Two-person teams signed up to play on custom made cornhole boards. Sponsors of the boards were Burkhalter Ag Repair & Trucking, Haney Auto Sales, Amsoil Oil/She Shed Shenanigans, Hickenbottom Inc., Live Wire Electric, and the Dew Drop. First place winners “Chillin n’ Grillin’” — Dennis Davison and Andy Pearson; Second place “Young Guns” — Landon Nordurf and Nate Woodburn; Third place was “Winners” — Robert Estle and Mark Eklund. Nicole Walker gets all the credit for this fun event.

Hawkeye Pedal Pull held a sanctioned event with trophies going to these winners: Age Group 4: 1st Joey Roop, Packwood, 2nd Gracyn Vice, Fairfield; 3rd Blake Keller, Brighton. Age Group 5: 1st Blake Lucas, Ollie; 2nd Riley Vice, Fairfield; 3rd Preston Lennox, Batavia. Age Group 6: 1st Alyssa Keller, Brighton; 2nd Jolene Ruiz, Agency; 3rd Alivia Shepherd, Keosauqua. Age Group 7: 1st Parker Lennox, Batavia; 2nd Sychaela Southern, Fairfield; 3rd Cooper Fitzsimmons, Ollie. Age Group 8: Teagan Gilchrist, Fairfield. Age Group 9: 1st Nathanial Pratt, Salem. Age Group 11: 1st Sterling Spees, Fairfield; 2nd Sophia Pratt, Selma.

The BBQ Contest participants started at 7 a.m., judging at 5:00 and the public tasting at 5:30. Sponsors for the event were RPM Automotive and Straight Up Doors. Winners were: 1st place $300 Ed Garrett and Brett Nordurf, who graciously donated their prize to the Libertyville Fire Department; 2nd place $125 to Brian Morris; 3rd place to Andy Pearson; Peoples’ Choice Award went to the Goehring Brothers.

The 175th Celebration ended the evening with a Band at the Fire Station. An outdoor movie and fireworks had to be canceled due to weather conditions but will be held next summer.

Faith United Methodist

Libertyville’s 175th was celebrated at the Libertyville Faith United Methodist Church on October 7, 2017 with antiques, quilts, and homemade pie. A big thank you to everyone that contributed such a variety of antiques that filled nine tables and 50 quilts, which was a beautiful sight hung over the pews.

Guests attended from California, New York, Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, Missouri and all over Iowa. They enjoyed reminiscing and reviewing the displays.

Votes were taken on a favorite quilt and the winner was a Cathedral Window quilt made by Alfreda Bonnett, mother of Carol Wiscarver of Libertyville.

There were eight entries in the apple pie contest with Linda Dougherty receiving 1st place, Jessie Caves, 2nd place, and Joyce Wilkinson, 3rd place. Prizes were awarded to all. Thanks to those that participated.

Homemade Pie and Ice Cream were served throughout the day for a free-will offering. Red water bottles and stylus ball point pens were given away to all guests.

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