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News for 7/14/2021

Fun Run This Saturday!

This event has been months in the making. Come out to support the Wreaths Across America project and enjoy the ride! Car & Motorcycle Fun Run this Saturday, July 17, starting at 10:30am in Kensington at the American Legion 114 S Main St. It’s $15 to register and many items are available for the silent auction and raffles. The Legion Hall will open at 8am for coffee and pastries before the run. For more information please call 785-476-6237.

Mark Your Calendar!

Old Fashioned Saturday, sponsored by the Kensington Commercial/Community Club, will kick-off Friday night, August 20, with 5K Fun Run at 8:00pm. Stay tuned for the schedule of events on Saturday, August 21. You can find this event on Facebook: 2021 Old Fashioned Saturday.

Stingray Swimmers Headed to Championship

It was a great day at Qualifiers in Alma, NE this past Saturday, June 10. Members of the Kensington Stingray swim team earned their spots and will be swimming in the Championship meet this Saturday, July 17 in McCook, NE. Four swimmers competed at qualifiers. Lexi Rust (200 free style) and Aadyn Blank (50 free style) placed 2nd at qualifying, which automatically sends them to the championship meet. KensLy Blank and Zoey Hadley were to find out Monday if they move on to championships based on their times. “They all made a strong showing at qualifying having many personal bests. This was a great season for all 14 of our swimmers and I am very proud of all of the hard work they put in,” says coach Anne Abbott. Best of luck at Championships swimmers!

Photo by Emily Blank. Left to right: Lexi Rust, Zoey Hadley, Aadyn Blank, and KensLy Blank.

It’s Fair Time!

4-H is Outta-this-World! The Smith County Free Fair kicked off with foods judging this past Friday, July 9. Busy Bees 4-H Club members who entered foods and nutrition projects included: TyLynn, KensLy, and Aadyn Blank, Hannah and Gideon Nelson. Aadyn Blank received Grand Champion for his snickerdoodle cookies while sisters KensLy and TyLynn earned blues. Hannah Nelson received Grand Champion for her table setting.

Clothing Construction/Buymanship judging took place Monday, July 12, with Fashion Revue that evening. All other events will take place starting Thursday, July 15 through Sunday, July 18. The final day for the fair is Monday, July 19 when all armory exhibits and Animals (not in premium sale) are dismissed. Join us for the Community Supper at 5:30pm with Premium Auction to follow at 7:00pm.

Good luck to all the kids at the fair!

Aadyn Blank with his tasty treats!

Hannah Nelson with her patriotic table setting display.

Our Deepest Condolences

Reverend Frank Pekarek passed away on Saturday, June 10. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:30am on Friday, July 16, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Salina. Condolences to the family of Pastor Frank, he was pastor at the North Lutheran Church in Kensington several years ago.

Weekly Inspiration

In honor of the county fair, sharing the 4‑H Pledge.

I pledge my head to clearer thinking,

My heart to greater loyalty,

My hands to larger service,

and my health to better living,

for my club, my community, my country, and my world.

Everyone can take this pledge and live by it.

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