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8th Annual Monster Dash Was Spooky Fun!

The organizers of the 8th Annual Monster Dash were excited to welcome perfect weather and a Spooktacular crowd for their event on Saturday, October 24 at Jack & Mary’s in Schulenburg. The event was kicked off with the Halloween Themed Bake-off which scared up some yummy entries. The winners included:  Tastiest – Kyle Janda with his “Tres Leches Cake”, Most Creative - Emily Wied with her “Tombstone Cupcakes”, and Best In Show – Candace Berger with her “Cemetery Dirt”. The longest standing tradition of the Monster Dash is the Jack Hooper Halloween Costume Contest. The winners were selected by judges this year and were:  Best Homemade – Samantha Goldman as a 50’s Girl (her outfit was actually made 32 years ago!); Best Group – the Guentert children as Elsa, Anna and Olaf; Scariest – Rylen Lopez as a Zombie; Funniest/Silliest – Addison Romine as a Lifeguard; Cutest – June Schiffli as a Pineapple; Best Duo - Bryson & Savannah Dees as Mummies; and Best 5-minute Throw Together – Benjamin Garlick as Spiderboy. The evening was packed full with spooky Boo Around the Block stations, silent auction thanks to the generosity of numerous donors, food by the Happy Camper and dance performances by On Pointe dancers. The actual Monster “Dash” was held to see who was fastest in town. The winners of this event included:  Pre K/Kinder - Tripp Brown, Elementary - Rilee Kusy, Jr. High - Barrett Brock, High School - Will Hooper, Adult - Cara Bartek. 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

MD2020CostumeWinners:  (L-R) Bryson & Savannah Dees; DeeAnn Hooper/costume contest chair; Samantha Goldman; Rylen Lopez; Dawnyn, Paisley, & Harper Guentert.

MD2020RaceWinners:  (L-R) Penny Bartek w/ mom Cara Bartek, Tripp Brown, Rilee Kusy, Will Hooper,  DeeAnn Hooper/Turtle Wing Founder 

MD2020BakeOff:  (L-R)  Candace Berger, Emily Weid, Kyle Janda



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