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7th Annual Monster Dash Was Spooktacular

Turtle Wing Foundation was blessed with amazing weather for their 7th Annual Monster Dash which occurred in downtown Schulenburg on Saturday, October 19. The 2nd annual Halloween Themed Bake-off scared up some yummy entries! The winners included:  Tastiest – Candace Berger with “Scarecrow Stuffing”, Most Creative – Wyatt Smrkovsky with “Zombie Guts”, and Best In Show – Kylee Hoffmann with “Spider Web Brownies”. There was quite a variety of entries in the Jack Hooper Halloween Costume Contest. The winners by popular vote were:  Best Homemade – Layne Besetzny as a Scarecrow; Best Group – Patricia Price as a Mermaid with her dogs Cloey (also a mermaid) and Charlie (surfer dude); Best Duo – Kim Wellborn and Elly Wotipka as Maleficent and Mal; Scariest – Isabella Castaneda as the Broken Doll; Funniest/Silliest – Destanie Brown as a Grandpa; Cutest – Carter Ahrens as a Werewolf; and Best 5-minute Throw Together – Marshall Wellborn as Nacho Young. The evening was packed full with spooky Boo Around the Block stations, festive games for the kids, silent auction thanks the generosity of numerous donors, food by the Happy Camper and music. The actual Monster “Dash” was held to see who was fastest in town. The winners of this event included:  fastest male youth – Gage Smrkovsky, fastest female youth – Elizabeth Shank, fastest adult male – Chip Bubela, and fastest adult female – Katy Shank. Proceeds from the Monster Dash benefited Turtle Wing Foundation which strives to help children with learning challenges in rural areas achieve their full potential. Program participants are all from Colorado, Fayette, Lavaca and surrounding counties with academic, social-emotional, behavioral and/or developmental needs. Turtle Wing’s three programming areas are Early Intervention, Supplemental Services, and Community Education & Advocacy. For more information on the services provided by Turtle Wing please contact Susie Shank, managing director, at (979)505-5090 or visit

(L-R) Sam Niskern/Bake-Off Co-Chair, Wyatt Smrkovsky /Baker, Sherry Ulbrich/Bake-Off Co-Chair

(L-R) Sam Niskern/Bake-Off Co-Chair, Kylee Hoffmann/Baker, Sherry Ulbrich/Bake-Off Co-Chair:

(L-R) Marshall Wellborn, Isabella Castaneda, Layne Besetzny, Patricia Price with her dogs Cloey and Charlie, Kim Wellborn and Elly Wotipka

(L-R) Sam Niskern/Bake-Off Co-Chair, Candace Berger/Baker, Sherry Ulbrich/Bake-Off Co-Chair

(L-R) Chip Bubela, Katy Shank, Elizabeth Shank, Gage Smrkovsky


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