Glenn and Sandy Carlson were grand marshals for the Burdick Labor Day parade. They were escorted in a horse drawn surrey driven by Frank Buchman of Alta Vista.
The Carlsons were part of the group that organized the first Labor Day celebration 44 years ago. Sandy said her extension homemakers unit initiated the event, and other organizations joined in as time went along.
Glenn grew up at Burdick, and Sandy grew up at Lost Springs. The farm couple has been married 47 years.
Glenn is president of the Council of Clubs that plans the Labor Day event each year. He is fire chief of Burdick Fire Department.
The Carlsons attend Hebron Lutheran Church, where Glenn serves on the church council. He has served on the co-op board and was an FSA officer.
They raised four children: Angie, Justin, Katie, and Andy.
The parade theme was “Boots and Jeans in Twenty Sixteen.” Marvin Peterson, John Riffel, and Deb Wiles were judges.
Theme prize: Burdick Hustlers 4-H Club.
Judges Prize: Grover Chain saw Carving, Wilsey.
Floats: 1. Burdick Hebron Lutheran Church; 2. Burdick United Methodist Church.
Most Humorous: George the Clown, Herington.
Antique Cars and Trucks: 1. 1949 Hudson, Jerry Alcorn, Herington; 2. 1942 Willy Jeep, Leroy Pritchard, Emporia.
Classic/Collectible Cars: 1. 1969 Camaro, Jeff Kilmer, Herington; 2. 1951 Willy pickup truck, JP Hanson, Lost Springs.
Antique Tractors: 1. 1952 Super C International, Leland Engel, White City; 2. Minneapolis Moline, Jim Thomas, Council Grove.
Children’s Entries: 1. Matthew Basore and his bubble dog, Burdick; 2. Carlson cousins, Olive and Micah, Lincolnville, on bikes.
Miscellaneous: 1. 1040 John Deere Model H, Glen Knuth, Emporia; 2. Burdick Bunch Relay for Life.
Horses: 1. “Fancy,” Butch Bittle, Lincolnville; 2. “Prim,” Maggie Matz, Newton Saddle Club Princess.
Horse Drawn Entries: Frank Buchman’s Surrey, Alta Vista.
Fun Run Results
Overall winners: women’s division, Shelby Makovec, 19:12; men’s division, Spencer Carey, 12:28.
12 and under: women, Lilly Peterson and Anna Jost; men, Mason Goeckel and Collin Jost.
13-19: women, Emma Roniger and Holly Roniger; men, Brady Walker and Max Cubbage.
20s: women, Theo Kassebaum; men, Andrew Jones and Kodey Johnson.
30s: women, Shay Martin and Kelsi Littlejohn; men, Adam Hite and John Richard.
40s: women, Renee Walker and Kristin Nelson; men, Matt Gray and Michael Littlejohn.
50s: women, Julie Kerbs and Jennifer Kassebaum; men, Charles Goeckel and Kim Martin.
60s and over: women, Mary Roniger and Susie Peterson; men, Brad Hedstrom and Larry Peterson.