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home : columns : dave fjeld July 24, 2017

2/20/2013 2:36:00 PM
Adding a 'Mr.' to Riverfest
When Riverfest crowns its 2013 Miss Riverfest in June, there could be a second crowning of - drum roll, please - a "Mr." Riverfest.
Indeed, as Windom prepares to crown its 25th Miss Riverfest in 2013, it could also be the first time a Mr. Riverfest is crowned. That's what pageant co-chairs Jessica Riordan and Mandie Borer of Windom Women of Today are attempting as they begin preparing for the 25th Miss Riverfest Pageant.
"The boys are just as good as the girls. They can do it, too," Riordan affirmed.
It's valid reasoning and certainly the Windom area has had some outstanding - and outgoing - males who could share the stage with their female counterparts. But make no mistake, these would be two separate competitions with a crowning of a Miss Riverfest and a crowning of a Mr. Riverfest. Quite likely, the First Runner-up would then be eliminated, Riordan explained.
Riordan admits that they will test the waters for a couple of years to see if any males would be interested in taking part in the annual pageant. She hopes they do.
And what competitions, you ask, would Mr. Riverfest candidates be involved in?
Obviously, a talent, interview and on-stage question - the same categories in which Miss Riverfest competes - would be applicable. However, it remains to be seen if there could be - or even needs to be - a comparable formal wear competition. Perhaps the three competitions would be enough.
Riordan said the competitions would be worked out once they get the boys involved.
She also said adding a Mr. River-fest competition would largely depend on the number of candidates that participate. If they get eight or 10 girls to compete, adding a Mr. Riverfest Pageant would be extremely difficult based on time.
Likewise, just two males are too few to add the competition.
However, if six gals and three or four guys decided to participate, they could easily accommodate the additional competition.
Riordan said they are asking girls and boys in the junior class, who live in Windom, to register now. If you are interested, call Jessica at 830-1194, or Mandie at 830-0959.
Whether or not a Mr. Riverfest competition is added, the women are seriously hoping to add a Little Mr. Riverfest event to coincide with the Little Miss event.
"We're adding the Little Mr. Riverfest because we're hoping that if we get them involved when they're that young that maybe, once they're older, they'll get involved again," Riordan said.
Kudos to Windom Women of Today for attempting something new.
NASCAR season underway
It's first down and 15,000 laps to go.
Indeed, NASCAR's biggest event takes to the track Sunday afternoon in Daytona, Fla., with the 55th running of the Daytona 500.
And leading the field, for the first time in history, will be a female. Indeed, Danica Patrick won the pole for Sunday's race recording the fastest qualifying lap since 1990. Jeff Gordon won the outside pole.
Those are the only two starting positions locked into the race. The rest of the field will be determined by the finish of Thursday's duels.
As I've written before, I'm excited about Sunday's race because of the new cars NASCAR rolled out this season. For the first time in years, the cars on the track will be more like the cars you could drive off the showroom floor from your local dealership - minus the horsepower.
Moreover, it appears the two-car tandems that had become common place at Daytona and Talladega in recent years appears to be history. While drafting will always be a part of the superspeedways because of the restrictor plates, don't expect to see two-car breakaways. This might be a race in which every driver's for himself.
We shall see.
In any case, it's figuring to be a fun race.
My pick?
As long as Mark Martin has a car in the race, I'll always pull for him. Even at 54 years old, he has a shot, but I don't expect him to win it.
Your winner - if he, or she, stays out of the "Big One" (crash, that is) - will be driving a Chevy and most likely will come from the Hendrick Motorsports or Stewart-Haas Racing camps. Hendrick provides engines for both organizations and they have proven to be the fastest so far.
So, I'm going to go with Tony Stewart to win the 2013 Daytona 500 with Jeff Gordon ripe for another win.
My darkhorse comes from Richard Childress Racing. Kevin Harvick, in his "lame duck" season (his words, not mine) with RCR, pulled off a win in Saturday night's Sprint Unlimited and, if he stays out of trouble, could wind up in Victory Lane late Sunday afternoon.
Oh, he, too, drives a Chevy.
But these are all uneducated guesses. Over 500 miles, a Ford or Toyota could easily come away with a win. If that happens, I put my money on Greg Biffle in a Ford, even if he didn't look that good in qualifying.
But never count out Martin in a Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota.

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