May 26 • 12:03 PM

The show must go on!

Despite rain, Capac Festival fireworks, parade go off without a hitch

Young entrepreneur Sarrah Helzer, 12, (far right) sells ice pops from a wagon during Capac Days Saturday morning. Her customers include: sister, Kara Helzer, 14; Jessica Hipkins, 5; Micah Colby, 12; and Morgan Dzyngel, 14. photo by Tom Wearing.

July 23, 2008
CAPAC — No matter how hard they wished, organizers with the Chamber of Commerce's Capac Summer Festival couldn't make the rain go away.

Several of Saturday's activities were washed out due to heavy showers in the afternoon and evening.

"It definitely put a damper on things," parade co-organizer Lori Hackelberg said, adding that some scheduled entries had to cancel because of the weather.

Despite the threat of more drops, the streets were lined for the 6 p.m. parade which honored Grand Marshal Chief Raymond Hawks and the 'good Samaritans' who came to his aide after he was shot on duty on April 16.

"It'll be nice to see him again," resident Joe Kurzynski said just before the parade passed by.

"I know a lot of people have been keeping him in their thoughts and prayers."

Hawks suffered serious injuries from the incident but after several weeks in the hospital, he's returned home to continue rehabilitation.

'Good Samaritans' Sandy Jaros, Andy Kokoszka, Monica Teem, Bill Klobnoch and Mike Thorpe followed Hawks in the parade lineup, sitting on the bed of Thorpe's tow truck.

Friday's activities including the fireworks and crowning of Miss Capac went off without a hitch.

Parade Grand Marshal, Police Chief Raymond Hawks and wife Vickie, wave to cheering crowds along Main St. on Saturday night.

Miss Capac 2007 Katelyn McVeigh handed over her crown to 19 year-old Amanda Strunk. She's a 2006 Capac High School graduate and the daughter of Ronnie and Kelley Strunk. Amanda is currently studying business management at St. Clair County Community College.

Strunk was the recipient of a $500 savings bond given by the Capac Chamber of Commerce and flowers donated by Enders.

During the interview round, Strunk was asked what she liked about living in Capac.

"There's always someone there to lend a helping hand," she said.

McVeigh, in her farewell speech, said she was thankful for the opportunity, happy to have met new people and pleasantly surprised to learn she was a role model for other young girls.

Other contestants included Christin Harris, Harlee Deaton and Jaylene Castle.

Later in the evening, several bands took to the stage.

Between raindrops on Saturday, other acts also performed including Trish Wales and Company, whose folk and soft rock tunes drew a crowd.

Ten-month-old Noah Kegler was named CSB Bank's Cutest Baby.

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