Yippee’s 30th celebrated

By Kay Braddock

  It was a full day of activities Saturday as Terry celebrated its 30th Yippee festival.  

“Everything that I heard, everybody had a really good time,” said Prairie County Chamber of Commerce president Dale Galland. “Between the events, downtown traffic was good.”
Galland, along with other business owners, kept stores open, offering special sales and prizes during Saturday’s Terry Yippee.
Kicking off the day’s events was the corn toss tournament held in Murn Park beginning at 9 a.m. About 48 teams registered to play in this year’s tournament. With eight boards added to this year’s tourney, 16 teams were able to play at a time – doubling the number of teams playing at once and speeding up the competition, according to organizer Nathan Christofferson. Normally the corn toss tournament has lasted into the late afternoon, but this year’s event was wrapped up in less than four hours.
Although team numbers were down from last year’s 64, organizers believe as word gets out of the more formal tournament style and faster pace, team numbers should increase for future tournaments.
Winners for the 2011 corn toss tournament were D.J. Hubbert and Trevor Pisk. Taking second was brother and sister team, Taylor and Sara Pisk.
The Prairie County Motorcycle Association’s fourth annual arenacross featured an added attraction this year. The ATV Fun Pull event provided a great show for spectators, according to PCMA arenacross organizer Blayne Watts.
A Dickinson arenacross that was rescheduled due to bad weather fell on the same day as Terry Yippee, pulling riders away from Terry’s event. Normally Terry’s arenacross has brought in about 50 to 60 riders. This year about 16 riders competed, with 3 pro riders starting off the day.  
The local participation for the ATV pull saved the day, Watts said. “We actually ended up being able to put on a good show. The ATV Pull was just a hit.”
About a dozen ATV drivers competed in the fun pull, coming from Terry, Glendive and Miles City. An ATV pull sled built by Dan Kirkpatrick, Marvin Varner and Aaron Martinson was used.
Finishing in first place for the fun pull was Jim Burdette while Dick Scheetz placed second.
    Despite fewer participants, spectator numbers were about the same. 
    “The grandstands were filled both Friday and Saturday,” Watts said, referring to Friday night’s Clinton’s concert and Saturday’s arenacross and ATV pull.
    A street dance featuring the band Spectrum wrapped up the day’s events.
Published Aug. 3, 2011

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