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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • 4-H clubs compete in sandsculpting contest during ASD

  • A beach turtle sculpted of sand took first place during a sand sculpting competition during All Schools Day Friday.
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  • A beach turtle sculpted of sand took first place during a sand sculpting competition during All Schools Day Friday.
    The competition was between three different 4-H clubs in McPherson County, including the McPherson County Junior Leaders Program, the McPherson County Friendly Fremont Club and the Livewires-Empire Best Club.
    The Livewires-Empire Best took first place with its sculpture — a beach turtle leaving her nest of eggs.
    The judges for the competition were Royce and Brenda Wilson. Brenda Wilson was one of the co-developers of the 100 year All Schools Day button.
    Larry Sigle, co-chairman of the All Schools Day committee, made the announcement before the crowd and thanked each of the teams for participating.
    “What you guys have done out here is just as neat as what they’ve done in there,” Sigle said, referencing the one-room schoolhouse sculpture nearby.
    The schoolhouse was made by Jill Harris and Thomas Koet of Sandsational Sandsculpting, which is based in Florida. It is currently on display, as are the 4-H sand sculptures, on the corner of Kansas Avenue and Ash Street.
    Cash Toews, 12, and member of the Livewires-Empire Best 4-H Club, said the idea of creating a turtle out of sand was his.
    “Well, it’s sand, and I figured it’d be on the beach, and it’d be kind of cool,” Toews said.
    Other members on the winning team include Grace Klinkerman, Reiley Wells, Sage Toews and Chase Klinkerman.
    Each participating club received a $100 donation from the All Schools Day committee, with an extra $100 to the first-place team.
    The Livewires-Empire Best are a 4-H club that serves the Canton-Galva area.
    The McPherson County Junior Leaders made a small turtle of their own, as well as a shamrock and a first-place ribbon. The McPherson County Friendly Fremont Club made a farm in a valley.
    Joseph Tuszynski can be reached at jtuszynski@mcphersonsentinel.com, or follow him on Twitter @JoeTSentinel.
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