March 18 • 09:53 PM

Capac's Fall Fest a winner

Combined with Scholz Auto Fest, first-time event draws crowd to town

Allenton Collision and the Good Ol Boys teams battle it out during Saturday’s soggy outhouse races in Capac. The Good Ol Boys ended up taking first place in the three-way competition. photo by Maria Brown.

September 30, 2009
CAPAC — A few rain drops didn't deter festival goers from reuniting with friends, finding a good bargain or watching the parade pass by.

"Despite the rain, we were pleased with the turnout for the events planned," Capac Chamber of Commerce President Lara Laakso said.

Fortunate to start the weekend with good weather, town was bustling on Friday with shoppers checking out sidewalk sales, garage sales and the Capac Library's book sale. Director Linda Aguinaga said the Friends of the Library group sold close to 1,000 books on Friday alone.

On Saturday, Joan Rogalski of Capac browsed the selection with one arm already full.

"These are my incentive to walk on the treadmill," she said.

Sales were also brisk at the American Legion Hall where the ladies auxiliary was hosting a bake sale. Member Rosemary Aguinaga said proceeds from the sale would be used to send care packages to troops overseas and to help with local veteran projects.

It wasn't a bad day to be in the dunk tank for mom Bobbie Rogers, who took the plunge to benefit her son's Boy Scout Troop 200, considering everyone was wet from the rain.

"But the water's really cold," she said while drying off.

Sisters Alana and Makenzie Porter of Emmett were troopers despite the wet weather, determined to catch all of the kids' events including chalk drawing and pumpkin painting. They even stuck around for the outhouse races on Saturday afternoon.

A crowd gathered under the building overhangs on Main Street to watch three teams battle it out—Good Time Charlie's, Allenton Collision and the Good Ol Boys.

The inaugural event, sponsored by Spiffy Klean, saw the teams slipping and sliding down the street to two stations where the team member sitting in the outhouse had to jump out and jump rope and change a roll of toilet paper before racing back to the finish line.

In the end, the Good Ol Boys—Jake, Josh and Joey Nemecek and Scott and Brian Kulman—took first. Allenton Collision team members Cameron Lauwers, Mitchell Parks, Eric Withun, John Richards and Brett Brothers came in second. Good Time Charlie's—Jason Clark, Michael Friddli, Amy Kaczmarczyk, Tiffany Rickman and Erika Ellison—took third.

A sizeable crowd also turned out for the Burn Outs at Good Time Charlie's, a smoky and loud event owner Jim Burkel said he's hosted since 2002.

At CSB Bank, Oliver Smith of Capac was named Capac's Cutest Baby. The contest was sponsored by CSB and proceeds benefitted the Chamber of Commerce.

Also on Saturday, Kaely O'Connor was crowned Miss Capac 2009. The 16 year-old and two others—Darlyn Wendland, 16 and Katie Mailloux, 17—were vying for the crown. Later that day, they rode in the parade which was rain free. Other familiar faces included Grand Marshal Freeda Van Poppelen, Chief Raymond Hawks, Sheriff Tim Donnellon, the Capac High School marching band, local businesses, the Mussey Twp. Fire Department and many others.

Saturday's festivities concluded with a fireworks show.

Laakso said the success is due to the contributions of many.

"We'd like to thank all of the volunteers for all of their help and dedication," Laakso said.

"Thanks also goes out to the village council, DPW and police department. We appreciated everyone's help in putting this together."

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