The Saratoga Sun -

'King' keeps busy


The wagon ride around town was a hit with attendees at King Coal Days.

King Coal days started Friday with a community barbecue, baseball games and Texas Hold-em poker games and wrapped up Sunday with Mud Drags.

There was a lot in between.

Saturday began with a 6 a.m. 5k color dash walk/run.

There were two fundraiser pancake breakfasts for the sports teams of Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow High School, a parade featuring floats and candy being thrown to the kids, volleyball and basketball tournaments, eating contests, T-Bones seventh annual classic poker run which has grown from eight motorcyclists its first year, to over 50 riders this year.

Vendors offered their goods and kids rode in horse drawn wagons and on mechanical bucking bulls. Various games were also played until 7 p.m.

The new medical helicopter landed for the crowd to learn what it can do for Carbon County residents.

Auctions, raffles, a poker run and a street dance featuring Saratoga's Somethin' To Do closed out the day.

Sunday morning began with horseshoes and a cribbage tournament. The day finished with trucks in mud.

"I am really happy with how it all went," said Vivian Gonzales, the Parks and Recreation Center Director. "My volunteers and staff made it all possible. It would not have happened without them."

The winners of events are as follows:

Texas Hold-em, 1st place, Richard Bell

2nd place, Franklin Carroll, Youth 3 on 3 Basketball, 1st place, Taylor Widdison, Taylor Kennedy, Ura Schmidt (alternate) and Jace Smith .

Sand Volley Ball, 1st place, Cheyenne Hunter and Cheyenne Tompkins.

Adult 3 on 3 basketball, 1st place, Taylor Mlnarik, Adam Mlnarik, and Weston Fox.

Watermelon eating contest (ages 8 and under) Conner Konrath. (age 8-11) Traven Jones. (age 11 and up) Chris Miller.

The region's new medical helicopter touches down for the crowd at King Coal Days.

Pie eating contest (age 11 and under) was Skye Vaughn. (age 11 and up) Brandon Scot.

Men's Horseshoes, 1st place, Hanna Mayor Tony Poulos and Jed Dunkerson from Saratoga.

Co-ed Horseshoe, 1st place, Leonard Gonzales Jr. and Susan Gonzales from Cheyenne.

Parade floats were awarded as follows:

The Hanna VFW Float was awarded most patriotic.

The Hanna Hills Church float was awarded most religious.

Hanna Little League "Little Yankees" float was awarded best overall.

Hanna 2016-2017 6th Grade Class Box Top float was awarded most original.

King Coal Days may have taken a break in 2016, but the 2017 weekend was packed with so many events and activities, this community celebration stands a good chance to be repeated.


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