The weather was nearly perfect for Sully's Star Spangled Spectacular Fourth of July Celebration July 2-4, 2016. Hundreds of locals, former residents and their families, and special guests came to town.

A drizzly Saturday morning didn't stop 33 tractor drivers from participating in the Sully Fourth of July Tractor Ride on July 2 to Monroe for a morning snack break, to Pella for lunch, and back to Sully through Peoria. After postponements the past two years due to rain, this year they decided to have the ride rain or shine, but the weather may have cut down on those participating.

Saturday afternoon and evening before the fireworks, Peoria Team won the Fourth of July softball tournament over Caleb Vander Molen's Team, Jacob Van Manen's Team, and Kelsey Rozenboom's Team.

Cool temperatures, cloud cover, and 320 registered participants made a very successful 21st Annual Sully Freedom Fun Run Monday morning, July 4. Runners spanned the ages of toddlers in the kids' run around the square to a 5K runner in her 70s. Skyler Giddings of LeMars was the 5K male winner in 17:03. Jessica Alley of Ames was the overall female winner in the 5K with a time of f18:22. 

Around 75 parade entries celebrated the United States' 240th birthday on July 4. Parade winners were:

  • LARGE FLOATS: 1. Zylstra Farms; 2. Leland Fynaardt's lawn tractors; 3. Nick Beyer of Patriot Realty.
  • SMALL FLOATS: 1. Randy and Judy Nikkel family; 2. Carroll and Norma Harthoorn family; 3. Sully Garden Thyme Club.
  • BIKES: 1. Ava Brummel, 2. Denali Winegar; 3. Ella Lowry.
  • CARS: 1. Norm Vos, Altoona; 2. 1957 Chevy owned by Ken and Marge Fynaardt of Pella.
  • TRACTORS: 1. 1951 H Farmall and 100 International spreader by Ron Van Weelden of Otley; 2. Chase Jansen driving a 1950 John Deere B tractor; 3. Karen Shinn of Hamilton driving a 1955 International Cub LoBoy restored by Gordon Shinn.
  • HORSES: 1. Dan Terpstra of New Sharon nd his pony Queen; 2. Marcus and Amanda Hoksbergen of Gilman with wto miniature donkeys; 3. Perchoer-pony cross team and wagon owned by Dick and Marlene SMith of Searsboro.

Winners in the adult firemen's waterfights were:

  1. Tony Van Wyk of Sully Fire Department
  2. Kurt Steenhoek of Monroe Fire Department
  3. Jeremy Vander Molen of Sully Fire Department.

Winners in the kids' waterfights were:

  1. Age 4, Gavin Gannaway
  2. Ages 5-6, Landon Van Wyk
  3. Ages 7-8, Cambria Van Dyke
  4. Ages 9-10, Paige Safly
  5. Ages 11-12, Luke Kramer

Concluding the celebration was a four-hour tractor pull near the Sully Public Works building in the business park on the west side of town. Harris Vos of Newton won five pulls in five weight classes: 5,500, 6,000, 6,500, 8,500,, and 9,500. Results follow.

  • 4,000-pound class: 1. Brent Harmison, Colfax, 254’; 2. Brian Boot, Mitchellville, 172’; 3. Wesley Zylstra, Kellogg, 158’.
  • 4,500: 1. Brent Harmison, 202.7”; 2. Brian Boot, 196.6’; 3. Jeff Van’t Sant, New Sharon, 166.1’.
  • 5,000: 1. Jeff Van’t Sant, 216.0’, 2. Kevin Van’t Sant, New Sharon, 183.7’.
  • 5,500: 1. Harris Vos, Newton, 253.8’; 2. Jared Van’t Sant, New Sharon, 228.9’; 3. Jacob Van’t Sant, New Sharon, 213.1’; 4. Jerry Vos, Monroe, 212.6’.
  • 6,000: 1. Harris Vos, 271.0’; 2. Jared Van’t Sant, 233.7’; 3. Marty Vander Molen, Sully, 223.2’.
  • 6,500: 1. Harris Vos, 252.9’; 2. Jerry Vos, 250.0’; 3. Jared Van’t Sant, 240.4’.
  • 7,500: 1. Brian Boot, 266.4’.
  • 8,500: 1. Harris Vos, 271.8’; 2. Roger Vander Kamp, Sully, 266.7’; 3. Marv DeBoef, Pella, 242.8’.
  • 9,500: 1. Harris Vos, 271.1’; 2. Roger Vander Kamp, 248.2’; 3. Marv DeBoef, 242.8’.
  • 10,500: 1. Roger Vander Kamp, 233.8’; 2. Brandon Dunsbergen, Sully, 230.1’.
  • 12,000: 1. Tie, Roger Vander Kamp and Mark Hay of Lynnville, 300’ full pull; 3. Drew Van Soelen, Sully, 286.2’; 4. Marshall Hay, Kansas, 283.6’.

To see more photos, check: http://www.hometownpressia.com/galleries/sully-fourth-july-2016/

Thank you to everyone who attended and who helped make the Sully Fourth of July Celebration a success. See you next year!