WESTBROOK, Minnesota (STPNS) --     Westbrook  —  Fun Days organizers did themselves proud planning the annual event. Despite almost a month of state wide rains, and a gloomy forecast, the weather was about as good as you could expect for the end of June.

    The only glitch of the weekend was for Sanford’s Community Appreciation Picnic Thursday evening, when a light rain forced the event to be moved inside the Peterson Estates garage.    

    Later in the evening the Westbrook Kiwanis presented an Evening of Praise featuring the Heart Song, with the Doug and Judy Peterson and family at the community center. The Kiwanis also served  homemade pie at the event.



    Friday morning things got underway at 10:30 a.m. with the Heritage Health Care Foundation holding a 3 person golf scramble at Rolling Hills Golf Club.

    Later that evening seven  candidates, vied for the Miss Westbrook title. Once again, the Miss Westbrook directors put together another  very entertaining program. The theme for the Scholarship Program was Boots and Bling!     The candidates were: Sawyer Helgeson,  Zuag Paj Her,  Sophie Horkey, Madeline Johnson, Deziree Koenig,   Kaylee Mischke,   and   Seng Xiong,      Also participating were the candidates for the Little Miss Westbrook title:  Olivia Anderson, Macie Christians, Ella Knakmuhs, Caitlan Mershon, and Callie Smith.    Mistress of Ceremonies — Carolyn Enstad, introduced the  judges — Anita Runck, of Lamberton, Sue Huls of Jeffers, and Nikki Cheskie of Avoca.  The candidates opened the program with a dance routine including the Cowboy Casanova’s Mitchell Jarmer, Walker Christians,  Tristan Joel, Nick Berg, Tyler Schoborg, Cole Olson,  and Randy Knutson.

    Then the Miss Westbrook candidates performed their creative arts: Deziree Koenig performed a vocal solo, Kaylee Mischke performed a piano solo,  Sawyer Helgeson performed a vocal guitar solo, Sophie Horkey did a wild flower floral arrangement, Zuag Paj Her performed a vocal solo, Seng Xiong performed a vocal solo,  Seng Xiong performed a vocal solo, and Madeline Johnson performed  a vocal percussion solo.

    Next the Little Misses were presented and they performed a dance routine.

    The candidates performed a physical fitness routine to the tune of Georgia Peaches. After the Presence and Composure portion of the program, the Little Miss candidates performed a dance routine followed by the crowning of Callie Smith as the Little Miss Westbrook.

    Next was the scholarship awards and crowning of the new Miss Westbrook.

    Seng Xiong was named Miss Photogenic by popular vote.

    Each candidate received a participation award of $150, ($100 from the VFW Post 5098,  and $50 from the WAV).

    Sawyer Helgeson received the interview award of $250 from the Westbrook Lions Club. Sawyer also won the Physical Fitness  award of $200 from the Sanford Westbrook  Medical Center. Seng Xiong was the  Creative Arts Presentation award of $200 from Micawber Club, and Muske, Muske, Suhrhoff law firm each contributing $100.

    Scholastic Achievement award of $100 from Westbrook Kiwanis Club, was presented to Kaylee Mischke. Miss Congeniality award $200 from the Walnut Grove Loggers was presented to Zuag Paj Her.    

    Kaylee Mischke was named Second Princess receiving $150 from the Storden Area Men’s Club.

    Sawyer Helgeson was named First Princess and received $300 ($200 from  Westbrook Women’s Club,  and $100 from Sanford Medical)

    Then the moment everyone was waiting for — Deziree Koenig was crowned Miss Westbrook for 2014. She received $350 ($250 from the Westbrook Area Volunteers, and $100 from Sanford Medical.) She was also awarded the Presence and Composure scholarship of $200.00 from Bank Midwest.    

    Miss Westbrook — Deziree Koenig and her court Sawyer Helgeson,  Kaylee Mischke, Zuag Paj Her,  and Little Miss Callie Smith will represent Westbrook throughout the coming year.

    Following the program dancers were able to test their skills at the street dance with Decadence providing the music. The street dance was moved to the Westbrook Community Center.

    Saturday was a full day of events with Rummage Sales, Crazy Days, Sand Volleyball,  Summer Olympics,  Bingo, Charger Mini Golf and other fun games for kids of all ages. Kicking off the day was a 5K Fun Run-Walk that got people pumping in the early morning.  

    At noon a pedal pull for youngsters was a popular event for spectators and participants.         Inflatables and Water Wars in the park was very popular for the youngsters who climbed, jumped, shot water sponge balls, and slid through the kid friendly inflatable obstacles.

Another event was the performance of the drum line, “Sheltered Reality” providing  90 minutes of entertainment.

    Later in the afternoon the Kiwanis Parade was held with over 100 units. After the parade the fun continued in the park with the bean bag tourney.

    After the parade there was a Hardees Roast Beef supper served at the park.

    Food Vendors, Beer Garden and a Warm up band began performing for the Keeping up the Kourage Concert K8 Gives Back under the big top in the city park.

    The concert featured Rock Stars Kevin Chalfant from Journey, Randall Hall from Lynyrd Skynrd and Alex Ligertwood from Santana along with the Headliner Band.

    Those attending were treated to a fantastic concert with each of the stars performing hit numbers from their respective bands. The stars also combined their talents to do several other high energy tunes.

    By the second half of the concert most of the 1000 plus crowd was on their feet, with many joining in with the lyrics. Comments that were said in the crowd — It’s unbelievable! Its Awesome who would believe this could happen in the little town of Westbrook!

    The warm up band Head Band Jam also played a tribute to Dave Pederson who passed away this past spring in a car accident. Pederson was a accomplished guitarist playing in local bands for many years. One comment was made about the night, God and Dave are surely smiling on this event!

    At dusk the town fireworks display was a hit with spectators providing the  Oohs and Ahs.

    Sunday morning a community worship was held at Grace  Lutheran Church followed by the A french toast  feed at the community center sponsored by the Westbrook Fire Department.

    In the afternoon the beer garden opened with bingo and the W.A.V raffle  drawing was held.