MULTI-TASKERS — Contestants in the Chore Boy competition during the New Richland Farm and City Days celebration were, front from left: Katie Manthey, Laura Manthey, event organizer Carly Solland, Molly Flor, Mikenzi Hebel and Kathy Flor. Back: Tanya Schlinger, Amy Ihrke, Brent Possin, Casey Roeker and Brandon Mullenbach. (Star Eagle photo by Carol Jolly)
By CAROL JOLLY
The Second Annual Chore Boy event brought spectators and 10 contestants to the street at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, during New Richland’s Farm and City Days.
Teams of two had to dress in full farm attire before racing the obstacle course seeking eggs. Having to carry those eggs with them on the raceway, they had to shovel grain into a bucket, before transferring the oats into a wheelbarrow. Contestants zipped the wheelbarrow along the chalked line to the final destination, before latching onto the udders of a cow.
After filling the container of milk, they then had to move four hay bales before changing the team’s player to the other team member. That team member then ran the course in the opposite direction.
The sound of spectators’ cheers and laughter filled the streets when eggs were broken, milk was spilled, and contestants crossed the finish line. Although overheated by the rigorous chores and glaring afternoon sun, contestants were all smiles upon completion of their Chore Boy tasks sponsored by Blondie's Cafe.
The end results of the competition were as follows: First place: Brandon Mullenbach and Molly Flor. Second place: Amy Ihrke and Tanya Schlinger. Third place: Brent Possin and Casey Roeker. Fourth place: Mikenzi Habel and Kathy Flor. Fifth place: Laura Manthey and Katie Manthey.