Monday, Sept. 15


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[SEPT. 15, 2003] 

Team splitting contest

First place: Jason and Justin Hill of Greenville, Mo.

Second place: Marty Yount and Larry Hill of Greenville, Mo.

Third place: Oliver Freidlein of Hull and Chris Freidlein of Leroy

Rail toss

Ryan Evans of Silva, Mo.

Crosscut saw contests

Junior Division:

Winners:  Tim Hill and Charley Leach of Greenville, Mo.

Women's Division:

First place: Sharon Johnson of Hodgenville, Ky., and Brenda Freidlein of LeRoy

Second place: Stephanie Freidlein of LeRoy and Heather Evans of Silva, Mo.

Professional Division:

First place: Marty Yount and Larry Hill of Greenville, Mo.

Second place: Bill Prater of Greenville and Norman Prater of Pocahontas

Third place: Oliver Freidlein of Hull and Christ Freidlein of LeRoy

Pioneer games

First place: Marty Yount and Larry Hill of Greenville, Mo.

Second place: Terry Overson of Kentucky and Roy Usery of Missouri

Third place: Ray Nunn and Bill Thomas of Upton, Ky.

Tug o' war

Winning team: Bill Thomas, Chris Buley, Terry Overson, Ray Nunn, and Nichol Thomas, all of Upton, Ky.

Logrolling contest

Marty Yount and Larry Hill of Greenville, Mo.

Women's firewood split

First: Brenda Hill of Greenville, Mo.

Second: Stephanie Friedlein of LeRoy

Tomahawk throw


First place: Charley Leach

Second place: Bobby Rankin of New Holland

Third place: Tim Hill


First place: Julie Branson

Second place: Esther Gill

Third place: Tammie Robertson of Mason City


First place: Howard Rankin of Mount Pulaski

Second place: Ray Curry of Easton

Third place: Ben Knapp of Decatur


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Pioneer games -- kids

Egg push

David Carter of Lincoln

Wheelbarrow race, 6- to 8-year-olds

Mariam and James Carter of Lincoln

Wheelbarrow race, 10- to 12-year-old

Jessica Hoverton and Holly Klockenga 

Wheelbarrow race, 13- to 14-year-olds

Casey Ballinger and Matt Sledge 

Three-legged race, 7- to 10-year-olds

Tim and James Carter

Three-legged race, 11- to 12-year-olds

Jessica Hoverton and Holly Klockenga

Three-legged race, 13- to 14-year-olds

Katie Turner

Sack race, 5- to 7-year-olds

Mariam Carter

Sack race, 8- to 11-year-olds

Tim Carter

Sack race, 12- to 14-year-olds

Katie Turner

Finally, the National Railsplitting Contest, boasting a prize of $1,000 to a first-place winner, took place Sunday afternoon at 3:15. Chris Friedlein took first place, completing an eight-rail split from a 10-foot red oak log in six minutes.

Chris stated that his strategy was to “make it through to the end.” Chris, who used to own a tree service in LeRoy, stated he could previously complete the task in three to four minutes. This is his 22nd Railsplitter Festival.

Chris' father, Oliver, of Hull, came in third in this event, taking home a $250 purse. Oliver, age 65, stated that he begins his training about 30 days prior to the event.

“I start swinging a 10-pound sledge hammer,” he said. Friedlein swings about 200 repetitions. “The rest, the good Lord takes care of,” he chuckled. Friedlein's grandson, Cody, also participated in this event, making it a three-generation tradition.

Also placing in this event was Marty Yount, who won second place and $500, and Larry Hill, who placed fourth, winning $100. Both are from Greenville, Mo.

Prizes were donated by local sponsors, including Graue Chevrolet, Xamis Ford, Lincoln College, Lincoln IGA and Daphne's Family Restaurant of Lincoln.

[Patricia Rankin]

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