Community Interest

2017 Field Fest and Pumpkin Glow...Brrrrrr

By Dianne Sudbrock

The annual pumpkin glow and costume contests, sponsored by Blondin Professional Real Estate Keller Williams and others, has become a popular community tradition, however, cool and windy weather kept some people away this year. Nonetheless, a variety of very creative costumes were sported by those in attendance.

Winners in the 0-8 age group were 1st–Kraft Mac and Cheese, 2nd–Dragon and 3rd–Lumberjack. Winners in the 9+ age group were a 1st–Peacock, 2nd–Clark Kent and 3rd–Deer/Fawn.
Prizes for the Kids Costume Contests (for each  age group) were $25, $15, and $5 gift cards to B&B Theaters for 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively, plus toys sponsored by Catala Facial Retreat and Boutique, Pocket of Preschool Academy, and Mr. & Mrs. Don Hendrich. 

There were only three entries in the adult contest (with one entry being a group from the wizard of Oz.) All three entries won a bottle of wine donated by Blondin Professional R.E. Keller Williams. 

Winners of the pumpkin carving contest were 1st–Elaine Sweeten - Lion, 2nd–Amy Shields - big pumpkin eating a small pumpkin, 3rd–Little Lamb Learning Center, and 4th–Lilly Murphy. Prizes for the Pumpkin Carving Contest were:  $100 Visa gift card sponsored by Blondin, a Fireside gift card, and a B&B theaters gift card sponsored by Catala Facial Retreat and Spa. 2nd prize - $50 gift card given by Blondin. 3rd prize - $25 gift card given by Blondin. 4th Prize, a Cookie Cake, Candy Corn and a B&B Gift Card.

This year, the Pumpkin Glow was held in conjunction with New Melle Sports and Recreation Field Fest. Sponsors of the combined event included New Melle Sports and Recreation, Blondin Professional Real Estate Keller Williams, New Melle Chamber of Commerce, Catala Facial Retreat and Boutique, Little Lamb Learning Center, Peoples Savings Bank, Pocket of Preschool Academy, City of New Melle, Straatmann Feed, Porky Joerling Trucking, Jr. Vikings Football Program, Fireside Bar and Grill. Tuepker Bros. Construction, Saale Law Firm, Wildschuetz Bros. Trucking, and Mike Stocker.

Field Fest is a free event to officially recognize the Jr. Vikings Football and Cheer programs, and to celebrate and appreciate the families and friends who volunteer their time and resources at NMSR. NMSR Board President, Todd Joerling, said “Volunteers and support from people in the community are the reason this park and it’s programs have been around for more than 60 years. We’re very proud of that.”

Joerling said the football and cheer programs are direct examples of volunteer dedication, “Because of the volunteers you will meet tonight, we are able to offer these opportunities, as well as other youth sports programs like baseball, softball, soccer and flag football.”

A highlight of the evening was the introduction, by volunteer parent coaches, the players and cheerleaders that participate in the football program. A few of the coaches and teams were not present due to game schedules. Among coaches who were present to their teams were Aaron Cox – 2nd grade coach, Isaiah Hultman – 7th grade coach, Greg Betlach – 8th grade coach.

Next, Cheerleading Director, Diane Saale, introduced and recognized elementary cheerleading coaches - Anne Vines, Ali Carson, Erica Schiermeier, and Jodi Wylde; and Middle School Coaches - Kim Noland, Susie Davis, Shannah Hultman, Stephanie Bosch, plus Tammy Coveney- FHMS spirit team sponsor. After the head coaches introduced the individual cheerleaders, both squads gave a short performance.

Other activities included live music by Darrin Norris of Wentzville, hayrides, a bounce house and a straw maze, plus the pumpkin glow activities mentioned above.

For more information about NMSR and the sports programs offered, visit

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Pumpkin Carving Contest winners

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Ages 0-8 Costume Contest winners.

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Kids Aged 9 and above Costume Contest winners.

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Adult Costume Contest winners.

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Trying to stay warm around the fire.

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Jr. Viking Football Players

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Elementary Cheerleaders - performing.

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Middle School Cheerleaders - performing.

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Musician Darrin Norris

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Enjoying the hayrides.

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The Bounce House - sponsored by the New Melle Chamber of Commerce.

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The straw maze - sponsored by Straatmann Feed.