The Odessa Record -

Saturday weather perfect for Spring Fling


With the rain on Friday, it started out to be a dreary, cold weekend for Odessa's Spring Fling. By Saturday, however, the sun was out, the jackets were off and spirits were high, not only for quilt show and garage sales but also for the FFA plant sale and the second annual Odessa Car and Bike Show, complete with giant guitar and a band.

There wasn't a dull moment at the FFA plant sale. With the beautiful flowers and huge tomato plants, there was a reason for the constant string of cars pulling into the lot. People in the greenhouse kept the students busy with questions

The Old Town Hall Rejuvenation Society's annual rummage sale was Friday and Saturday at the Old Town Hall and raised about $2,800 for items needed to give the dining hall and kitchen a much needed makeover. The weekend sales offered great deals, asking customers for donations in lieu of pricing each item individually. The place was busy with customers all weekend, up until the very last minute when they shut and locked the doors right behind me Saturday evening when I left in order to clean up.

The Quilt Club held their 24th annual Spring Fling quilt Show in the high school gymnasium. The featured quilter, who's been quilting for 21 years and had 26 of her quilts on display was Mary Kunkle of Moses Lake.

There were 52 quilts in the lap/throw category, two antique quilts, two challenge quilts, 16 embroidery quilts, two beginner quilts, 59 in the large quilt category, 33 in the small quilt category and five that fell under other quilts.

By my count, that makes 197 absolutely beautiful, even stunning quilts entered and displayed. This number does not include the items from the Hoffman Challenge, which is a premier traveling quilt, clothing and doll collection. This is the 25th anniversary of the Hoffman Challenge and there are currently 12 collections which travel around the United States and Canada. Odessa had The 2015 Collection C of the Challenge on display.

A beautiful quilt called "Shirley's Elephant" made by Kay Harris of Wilbur was picked by Odessa Mayor Lois Hubbard as the winner of the Mayor's Choice Award in the large-quilt category.

The Second Annual Odessa Car & Bike Show hosted by Nate Lathrop was held Saturday, with 14 cars/trucks and three bikes registered, making the event three times larger than it was last year.

Playing music in the shadow of the giant guitar described in previous issues of The Record was the band Six Strings & Pearls. The beautiful weather and sunshine bringing people from the community and surrounding areas out to visit, laugh and dance.

Jerry Pitts of Ephrata took first place in the show with his 1964 El Camino. Second place went to Kyle Nelson of Soap Lake with his 1969 Ford Torino and third place went to Odessa's very own Pat Gies with his 1959 GMC 4x4. Since only three bikes were entered, all three placed and were awarded prizes.

Maybe next year the Third Annual Car & Bike Show will be another three times bigger and Spring Fling even better.

The Odessa Horseshoe Club held a tournament at its Finney Field pits Saturday with 18 participants. In the A class, first place was won by Jerry Conklin from the Tri-Cities, and Lyle Soma (no hometown known) was second. The A class includes the top 45 percent of throwers as determined by the average from 100 shoes thrown. The B and C classes are for thrower in lower percentage ranges.

In the B class, Homer Kleinsmith was first (hometown unknown), Cindy Reeves of Spokane was second and Vic Magnus of Tri-Cities was third.

Marlin native Loren Totusek took first in the C class, while Randy Rasenberger of Moses Lake, a first-timer player, took second place.

Among younger players, Dakota Blanchard took first in the Cadet class, and Micalah Renshaw of Spokane was first in the Juniors division.


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