On Sunday, for the 136th time, Hayes Township hosted another successful Shuetzen Verein (King Shoot) at the Five Mile House south of Westside. The annual event celebrates German heritage and family traditions plus dancing and marksmanship.

Schuetzen Verein results

Winning the title of 2019 King at Sunday’s Schuetzen Verein was especially meaningful for Brad Buren, of Vail.

This year marked the first time for decades that his mother-in-law, Cleone Podey, did not run the softball throw for the queen contest. She died in November last year. The contest on Sunday was run by Donna Buren, Cleone’s daughter and Brad’s wife, and Brad and Donna’s daughter, Alyssa.

A total of 71 contestants entered the softball throw, which finished out the last page of a book of contestants that dates back to 1952.

King: Brad Buren, Vail. Buren and Marshall Owen, of Arcadia, tied with scores of 29. Buren won the title in a shoot-off. The plaque for third place in the King Shoot was given to Aaron Dixon. Dixon, Tim Ruhland and Andrew Klimpel tied with scores of 26. Ruhland and Klimpel were not presented at the end to compete in a shoot-off.

Queen: Jackie Petersen, of Westside. Donna Buren won 2nd place, Megan Ehler, of Manning, won 3rd place and Delaney Nelson, of Kearney, Missouri, won 4th place.

Princess: Allison Ehlers, of Westside, with a score of 33; 2nd place, Kendra Brandt, 32; and Katerina Klimpel, 3rd place, 31

Ring targets: 1st, Elliot Kock; 2nd, Robbie Rohe; 3rd, Doug Fredericks

Best of center: 1st, John Vetter; 2nd, Dave Backhaus; 3rd, Mike Schulte

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