The forecast of sweltering triple-digit temperatures did not keep people away from Sully's 2012 Fourth of July Celebration. The theme for the year was "The American Dream." Due to the heat, neighboring Pella canceled all events except its fireworks and some from Pella came to celebrate and be in Sully's parade. Only the sand volleyball and nikkel scramble were canceled until next year. Water provided comfort by drinking, sprinkling on the fun run runners along their routes, parade entries spraying water, waterfights, and watering the softball field and fans if they wanted it.alt

The annual Faithwalkers Pancake Breakfast opened the day and brought in $3,614.50 for the youth group.

The Sully Lions Club donated proceeds from their mid-day meal to the Terry Van Maanen Family because the young father suffered a stroke on June 12 and is doing intensive rehab in Des Moines. Total is unavailable at this time.

Wanda Dunsbergen of Lynnville won the very large Freddy the Teddy made and donated by Colleen Castorf for a fundraising raffle by Inspirations Childcare and Preschool.

A record 333 registered for the 17th Annual Sully Freedom Fun Run. 

Overall male and female winners of the one-mile run were barefoot runner Peter Bailey of Otley and Lynnville-Sully athlete Kasiah Ehresman of Lynnville.

Male winners of the 5K were 1. Skyler Giddings of Pella in 17:22, 2. Jon Havenga of Newton in 17:39, and 3. Corey Jansen of Ankenyk in 18:167.

Female winners of the 5K were 1. Heather Droppert of Urbandale in 19:04, 2. Lisa VerMeer of Pella in 22:28, and 3. Hannah Pckett of Pella in 22:42. 

Complete race results can be seen at www.fitnessports.com.

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Area veterans rode in the parade and were recognized for their service for our freedom.

Parade judging results were as follows.

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Grand prize overall winner was Dwight and Glenda Vander Leest's entry with nine of their 12 grandkids: Zeke, Aiden, Lily, Eli, Derrik, Katie, Levi, Norah, and Jacob.

Large Floats

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1. Rod Rozendaal Family, "Dream Big" USS Iowa ship shooting koozies and spraying water, including Rodney, Ross, Garrett, Ryan, Bailey, Makenzy, Makayla, and Dennis Rozendaal.

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2. First State Bank of Lynnville and Sully, celebrating 100 years in 2012.

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3. Earth Works Inc., Wes and Sheryl Van Wyk and their grandkids.

Small Floats

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1. Megan Van Zante and Carson Dunsbergen of Sully, "American Dreamin'" with American Girl dolls sitting on clouds.

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2. Ben and Jack Vos of Pella, grandsons of Eldon and Brenda Nikkel of Sully, "Celebrating the American Dream of Yesterday and Today" on antique lawn tractors, "today"-Ben on an International Cub Cadet 782 and  "yesterday"-Jack on a JD318.

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3. #8R Riley Shepard, 6, and #12T Trevor Van Wyk, 6, of Lynnville, who race go-carts in Newton and Knoxville.

Bicycles

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1. Jakeira and Malcolm Hay, children of Mike and Janel Hay of Sully.

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2. "Cool Cuzins"  Renae and Landon Van Wyk, children of Lauren and Julie Van Wyk of Sully, Greta Roorda, daughter of Dan and Amy Roorda of Pella, and Rowan Van Maanen, son of Matt and Rachel Van Maanen of Sully.

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3. Abby and James Gruver, children of Doug and Janise Gruver of Sully.

Tractors

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1. Marshall Hay of Lynnville, rare 1968 G1000 Wheatland tractor with factory front-assist.

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2. Carroll Boat of Pella, 786 International.

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3. Verlan and Helen Brand, Grinnell, 1955 200 Farmall pulling a 1969 323 one-row New Idea cornpicker, one of the last ones made.

Autos/Trucks

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1. Marc and Mary Faber of Byron Center, MI, 2008 Corvette Coupe.

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2. Stan Harms of Pella, 1950 Ford F4.

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3. Harlan Beerends of Sully, 1939 Chevy pickup "homebuilt my way."

Horses/buggies/carts

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1. Mark & Karla De Cook who led the parade carrying grand marshals, Virgil and Flora Kooistra. 

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The second of three open houses planned at Van Wijk Winery was held for wine tasting and to showcase the process of the construction project. Roger Van Wyk serves wine samples (above) and family members were the "grapes" in the parade (below).

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Results of Waterfights:

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Area Fire Departments-1. Chariton #1, 2. Colfax #1, 3. Chariton #3. Teams, most with more than one team, participating, were Sully, Lynnville, Reasnor, Prairie City, Mingo, Chariton, Monroe, and Colfax.

Kids’ Waterfights

Ages 5-6--1. Lannon Montgomery, 2. Keagan Fopma

Ages 7-8--1. Samantha Rist, 2. Erica Walters

Ages 9-10--1. Kelly Van Wyk, 2. Luke Johnson

Ages 11-12--1. Cale Foster, 2. Makenna Van Dyke

Softball Tournament winners:

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Squirrel Donkeys fought their way back through the loser's bracket to win it all, 11-8 in a tough matchup against a very impressive Christian Reformed Church team. This is the second year in a arow Ben Conover's "Squirrel Donkeys" won the city tournament. Team members shown above from left were: Nate Boulton, Tyler Harsselaar, Ted Rasmusson, Jesse Thompson, Matt Rasmusson; back, Jake Dunsbergen, Tara Van Rees, Caitlin Cross, Ben Conover, Casey Gibbs, Kyle Soderblom, and not pictured, Zach Conover.

Thank you to everyone who made the scorching event so successful, whether showing up to enjoy the events or helping behind the scenes to make it happen!