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August 7th

Festival Days PVFD demolition derby results

Who needs a bumper anyway? ... Even the consolation heat saw some crunching action. All cars ended up as compact models before the Philip Volunteer Fire Department’s demolition derby was through on Saturday night, August 2. Photos by Del Bartels

The August 2 demolition derby sponsored by the Philip Volunteer Fire Department had an estimated 400 audience members, plus pit crews, the fire department and 12 cars.

These were the ingredients for the first evening-time showing of the annual demolition derby. The new lighting system made the timing possible. The heat of the day was diminishing as the sun was going down, and as the cars were revving up. The new public address system and crow's nest improved the information-to-the-audience aspect of the action.


Sarah Marie Austin

Sarah Marie Austin, 23, Union Center, SD, died Tuesday, July 29, 2008, as the result of an automobile accident.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 2, 2008, at 10:00 a.m. at the Central Meade County Community Center in Union Center with Pastor Harold Delbridge officiating. Burial will follow at the Red Owl Cemetery.

Sarah was born October 11, 1984, in Deadwood, SD, to Bryan and Laurie (Eilert) Austin. She grew up at Enning. She moved to Sturgis where she graduated from Sturgis Brown High School.


Lornce E. Grimes

Lornce E. Grimes, age 84, of Philip, SD, formerly of Interior, died August 2, 2008, at the Philip Nursing Home.

Graveside services were held Tuesday, August 5, at the Interior Fairview Cemetery in Interior, with Pastor Dave Morrison officiating.

Pallbearers were Allen, Dean, Tony, Willie and Tom Grimes and Travis Saunders.

Lornce Everett Grimes was born June 22, 1924, in Mellette County, the son of Everett and Eva May (Gray) Grimes. He grew up on his parents' ranch north of Belvidere, where he received his education in rural school in that area.


Bronc Ride, lawsuit, Festival Days, work projects updated to Philip City Council

One of the first updates heard during the City of Philip regular City Council meeting held on Monday, August 4, was of this summer's bronc ride event.

Event coordinator Branden West said, "It was every bit as big as the previous year. Philip doubled its population for that evening. Even without the Centennial Celebration going on, we had only 65 fewer at the gate than last year. It all went smoothly and we had spectacular riders. We came out ahead on our budget and it can only get bigger and better."

The Arena Association/Bronc Ride share of the concession was $1,700.


Brigitte Brucklacher is Career and Technical Teacher of the Year

Worth parading ... At the insistence of her relatives, Brigitte Brucklacher broke the news of her Teacher of the Year Award to the public during the Philip Festival Days parade on August 2.

Brigitte Brucklacher has been selected as the Outstanding Career and Technical Teacher of the Year by fellow members of the South Dakota Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences.

This is an award given to a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher providing outstanding vocational and technical education programs to youth. It is given to teachers who have made significant contributions toward innovative, unique and novel programs that are serving to improve and promote career and technical education.


Highway 73 resurfacing project completed

The Department of Transportation resurfacing project of Highway 73 between Interstate 90 and Philip was unofficially completed on August 6. At least that is when traffic-stops were ceased and road machinery was transported to a new site.

The company completed the project with no extra materials.


Philip as Capital for a Day set for August 28

Governor Mike Rounds has announced that the City of Philip will be South Dakota Capital for a Day on Thursday, August 28. The event will be held at the Philip High School Armory, and a complete agenda will be released at a later date.

"Capital for a Day brings government to the people," said Governor Rounds. "Those who are unable to travel to Pierre on a regular basis have an opportunity to discuss their issues with the different agencies. It also gives state employees a chance to learn more about activities in the region.


Northern Bull Riding Tour thrills audience

Top eight bull riders ... The Haakon/Jackson County Fair hosted the Northern Bull Riding Tour event in Philip on August 1. Back row, from left: Marshall Byrne, Jeff Assman, Tyrell Carson and Shawn Coleman. Front: Chris Kuemper, Clay Hindman (earned second place in short go), Casey Sterling and Taylor Cowan (took first place in short go).

Make-A-Wish youth and their families were aided in being able to attend the Northern Bull Riding Tour finals at Sioux Falls on October 4 and 5. Funding for this special weekend was added to by the bull riding event held in the Philip arena on Friday, August 1.

Thirty-four riders were on the roster for prizes at this first-time inclusion of bull riding during the Haakon/Jackson County Fair. Taylor Cowan of Ft. Pierre earned the top score of 78 in the first go. He then won the top score of 90 in the eight-rider short go.