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A day of food, fashion and fun is in store for everyone who attends The Dickinson Press Expo 2013. The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Astoria Hotel and Event Center in Dickinson. More than 50 vendors will be showcasing their products. "There are no duplications," advertising director Rob Eilts said. "We have a unique selection of vendors from food to cosmetics and jewelry." Advertising consultant Jenn Binstock said this year's expo is designed for everyone. "It's more fun-based," she said.
Jennie Wanner's extended family will be lacing up their tennis shoes to participate in the upcoming Walk to End Alzheimer's on Saturday in Dickinson. Wearing T-shirts with the logo, "5 Generations Walking for Jennie" the team was named this year's Honorary Family. "We're looking forward to the walk -- it should be very nice," said Wanner's daughter, Maggie Steffes from her home in Kansas City, Mo. At age 99, Jennie lives in CountryHouse.
Bryan Armbrust from Belfield turned the flywheel several times before the 1917 Rumley Oil Pull started. With his dad at the steering wheel, the tractor powered up ... putt, putt, putt ... with smoke billowing into the sky. The machine is one of two tractors the Armbrusts have restored and will demonstrate during the 15th annual Good Ol' Taylor Days. The daylong event is Sunday, Sept. 8, at Taylor's Heritage Hill. "It teaches how everything was run in the ol' days," Bryan said. "We'll have old tractors and stationary motors.
Roger Boehler, who farms south of Golden Valley, is powering up his 1914 Case steam engine this week for inspection before bringing it to the Good Ol' Taylor Days. The machine is patterned after a locomotive boiler and weighs approximately 12½ tons. It's run by wood or coal. "It takes about an hour to build up steam in the boiler before its ready to operate it," he said. Before Boehler can demonstrate the steam boiler, it must be reviewed by the North Dakota state boiler inspector. "It's inspected with ultrasound readings on the boiler itself," he said.
Dickinson High School's 12 cheerleaders have plenty of reasons to cheer this fall. Not only are they practicing their chants, cheers and routines for the upcoming football season, but they are celebrating an invitation to participate in the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. The invitation came with the Spirit Award the squad won at a cheerleading camp held recently in Bismarck and sponsored by the National Cheerleading Association. "We were shocked to win the coveted Spirit Award," coach Audrey Lenz said. "Everybody gets to vote for the squad they consider the most spirited.
The Roughrider District, Boy Scouts of America, will host its 14th annual Roughrider Roundup on Thursday. The lawn social is 5-7 p.m. at the home of Dr. Morton and Cheryl Krieg.
The Hillside Baptist Church is hosting a community party -- a Harvest Hoopla -- one that may appeal to everyone from families and youth to Oil Patch workers and even baseball fans. The activity is Saturday, Sept. 7, on the church grounds. The doors open at 10 a.m. and events continue into the evening. The seed for the idea came last summer. "I was trying to get an event to meet and greet our community," Pastor Ron Gold said.
The Christian rock band Lightswitch will take center stage during Harvest Hoopla on Saturday evening, Sept. 7. Described as an alternative rock band, Lightswitch includes four brothers -- Abraham, Gabe, Moises and Sam Romo from Wisconsin. While having other jobs on the side, the artists consider their music as much a ministry as a business. "We're able to intertwine both -- basically, we have a Christian rock pop sound," Abe said. Their interest in music goes back to their childhood.
No two shows are the same when the three guys with 321 Improve take center stage. They can instantly turn audience suggestions into hilarious scenes. 321 Improve Comedy kicks off the afternoon entertainment during Harvest Hoopla at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7. The comedians include Carl Crispin of Boca Raton, Fla., Mike Domeny of Birmingham, Ala., and Jeremy Schofield of Oklahoma City, Oka. Crispin started 321 Improve in 2004 and has been performing improv full time since 1997.
If Tom Sahr isn't somewhere in the house, his wife, Jowayne, has a pretty good idea that he's in the garage. Sahr spends his time working on vintage vehicles. He's currently restoring a 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire, a vehicle that was gifted by a family member. "It's actually a very striking car -- it's shining black with a lot of chrome in it," he said.