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Bar Stool Ski Race has great turnout

10:22 AM, Mar. 5, 2013  |  Comments
Rich 'JR' Hildebrandt
Rich 'JR' Hildebrandt
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The Tri-City Children's Dream Foundation had another fantastic Bar Stool Ski Race.

This year's race was Jan. 26 at the Wild Horse Saloon in the great city of Kellner. We had a great turnout of spectators to watch the racers compete for trophies and cash.

This is how the racers finished up: First place went to the team sponsored by Nekoosa Car Care. This sled was driven by Nick Cain and powered by Jake Capek. Second place went to the team sponsored by Nekoosa Car Care and was driven by Ben Capek and powered by Cale Marzofka. Third place went to another team sponsored by Nekoosa Care and was driven by Kevin Berg and powered by Casey Schroeder. Sounds like Nekoosa Car Care is really getting into bar stool ski racing.

The trophy for Most Creative went to the team sponsored by Renee's Red Rooster, which was driven by Aaron Bornowski and powered by Josh Bogdansky. The trophy for the Team went to the team sponsored by The Voice newspaper driven by Rich "JR" Hildebrandt and powered by John Larsen with a combined age of 128 years.

The first team entered this year sponsored by McDonald Trucking driven by Jim Hansen and powered by Steve Schmidt. They received a pizza from Goodfellas Pizza for being the first team entry.

We want to give special recognition to a team that came all the way from Appleton to race sponsored by Mo's Bar and Grill driven by Corey Peterson and powered by Justin Peterson.

We also want to give a big thank you to the band Dark Horse, which donated its time to play that afternoon and, of course, Katie Siekert, one of our special children, for singing the national anthem to get the races started.

Thank you to the following volunteers for helping put this race together: Cristi Boettcher, Dave Kellnhofer, Tim Rothering, Ray Bolton, Jay Stone, Pam and Eric Schmidt, Dave Cattanach, Renee and Alyssa Dachel, Dean Andersen, Eugene Sailor, Collin Rogers, Jim Blystone, Mike Peterson, Bill, Wendy and Austin Kubisiak, Mike Shear, Logan Boettcher, and Dave and Jenny Tosch.

Every year, we see more new racers coming to compete and make this a growing event for the Tri-City Children's Dream Foundation. If you missed this year's race, you must come out next year. The race always will be held at the Wild Horse Saloon in Kellner. Next year's race will be Jan. 25, 2014. Racing action starts at noon. Mark this date on your calendar.

Next year we will not only be given a trophy for the Most Creative but also a nice cash prize. So start planning to build a bar stool ski racer. For more information, call me at 715-886-5111 or check out our web page at www.everychildsdream.org and see pictures of this year's race.

Richard "JR" Hildebrandt is executive director of Tri-City Children's Dream Foundation.

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