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for Indoor Arena

The Burke County Fair has big plans!

Long cold winters make many outdoor activities like horseback riding difficult or at least not so much fun. The Burke County Fair Association hopes to make those activities a bit more bearable for area residents by adding an indoor riding arena.

The arena would provide great space for fair events during inclement weather in a venue that could have many uses throughout the year.

Some potential uses might be 4-H activities like archery and livestock judging; and bull sales, auction sales, indoor rodeo events, car shows, community events like school reunions and many others.

Although no contracts have been signed and plans are subject to change, the current plans are for a 120’ x 200’ canvas hoop building.
These buildings are common in the oil patch, on farms and ranches throughout the state.

The natural lighting and ventilation is a big plus for riding arenas, livestock show barns, many other uses.

Watch the Lamb
Standing on the stage, left to right, are: Braeden Volk, Statler Olson, and Charlie Eriksmoen. Pictured with their backs to the camera are left to right: Jorie Holsten, Callie Carlson, and Emily Abernathey.

Youth from the Mohall and Sherwood United Methodist Churches will join in presenting Good Friday worship service at Mohall United Methodist Church at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 3rd. Participants include Braeden Volk, Statler Olson, Charlie Eriksmoen, Jorie Holsten, Callie Carlson, and Emily Abernathey.

The youth led service will involve activity/portrayal so youth and children tend to be attentive and are heartily encouraged to attend. The service begins with the stripping of the altar, leaving empty spaces where you are invited into a time of contemplation. You watch the portrayal of the Three Trees where you encounter the life and mission of Jesus Christ. As you listen to the song, Feel the Nails, you come to the cross to feel the point of the nail lightly pressed into your hand, and ponder the suffering of Jesus on the cross.
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Opdahl Grocery, Kjelshus Take Top Prize in Chili Cook-off
By Ginny Heth
There was a ‘hot time in the old town’ on Saturday as Westhope Community Club hosted the First Annual Chili Cook-off!
May 10th was chosen as Community Day for Westhope with city-wide rummage sales happening throughout the day as well as the annual Presbyterian Women’s fund raiser serving sloppy joes, pie and coffee. They also had basket- and purse-mania, a silent auction type activity that is fun for all. Included this year in the day’s activities was the Trini Tree Frogs Youth Group detailing the insides of cars. They had a great turn-out for their fund raiser, even having to turn away a couple of cars that arrived after their time was up. Maybe they will have to plan another day of car cleaning since people were so happy to have someone to take on that task for them!
Meanwhile, all around town people’s homes were beginning to smell a lot like a Mexican restaurant as pots of chili were started in anticipation for the Chili Cook-off. Around 3:00 p.m., the Gateway Community Room began buzzing with activity as the ten contestants brought their chili in for tasting......some contestants even brought their own Mexican ambience including table cloths, decorations (even some hung on the wall!) and music!!
Ten entirely different pots of chili were there for the tasting when it began at 4:30 p.m. coming from Westhope Farmers Union (Kevin Schroeder, cook); Westhope Fire Department (Ryan Ellsworth, cook); Double EE Service (Ben Cartwright, cook); John Gruenberg, M&D Pizza (Heather Lee, cook); Presbyterian Children (Lola & Randy Kimpland); Rachel Gruenberg; Kim & Lance Kjelshus; Opdahl’s Grocery (Barb Opdahl, cook); and Westhope Ambulance (UB & Sylvia Schlieper, cooks). There were white chilis, red chilis, and no bean chilis. Some were quite spicy and some were just flavorful, with out the bite! Many contestants included ‘add-ins’ such as sour cream, onions, chips, crackers and cheese to make their offering more enticing. Community Club provided corn bread to make sure everyone had a way to ‘cut the heat’ between bowls of chili, coffee & water with the water being the most popular thing!
In all, nearly 100 people voted and there was a tie for first place! Opdahl’s Grocery and Kim & Lance Kjelshus are the proud winners, sharing a traveling trophy for the year and prize money. Coming in a close third (only one vote separated the three chilis!) was Westhope Ambulance with UB’s Road Kill Chili, who took home a small cash prize as well.
Plans are already in the works for the 2nd Annual Westhope Community Day Chili Cook-off, so get those recipes tweeked, plan on a few decorations for your table (Opdahl’s & the Kjelshus’ both had very nicely decorated tables -- whether that had anything to do with the winning or not.....) and take a chance at bragging rights for next year!!


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