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"A living Norman Rockwell painting" at Stones Prairie

Monday, July 19, 2010

The sun sets over a field just west of the St. John's Lutheran Church where the annual Stones Prairie Picnic was held Friday night. An early evening storm served to lower temperatures and create the perfect setting for the picnic. Tractors on display during the picnic, are silhouetted against the bright orange sky. [Times Photo by Lisa Schlichtman]
The Stones Prairie Picnic attracted a large crowd Friday night as residents from across southwest Missouri gathered to enjoy delicious food, old-fashioned fun and the fellowship of visiting with friends and neighbors.

A late afternoon storm threatened the picnic but blew through quickly, lowering temperatures and creating perfect conditions for the evening event.

Those who attended enjoyed playing Bingo, listening to live music and taking rides on mule-drawn wagons around the grounds of St. John's Lutheran Church, which sponsors the annual gathering.

One of the picnic organizers said the event was described as a "living Norman Rockwell painting" by one picnic-goer. Others said they attend the picnic each year, because it's like stepping back in time with children playing old-fashioned games and people enjoying one another's company over slices of homemade pie and ice cream.

Antique tractors, trucks and wagons were on display during the picnic, and entries were judged.

This year's winners were: Leon Hilton's 1943 B John Deere, first place, tractor class; Paul Fenske's M John Deere, second place, tractor class; Chris Bucholtz's 1971 Chevy, first place, truck class; Melvin Eggerman's 1941 Chevy, second, truck class; Joe Grissom's "Alvin's Wagon," first place, wagon and team class; and David Bowman's "Electric Steps," second place, wagon and team class. Jerry Townsend's 1931 AA Ford farm truck earned honorable mention recognition.

The Wayne Dyer family, Ronnie Schad and Robert Presley also brought their tractors and wagons to display.

Prize sponsors for the truck and tractor contest were S & H Farm Supply in Lockwood, MFA Exchange in Freistatt, Larson's John Deere in Freistatt, Friendly Tire in Monett, Fritz Implement in Monett and Auto Zone in Monett.

The picnic also featured a drawing for a handmade quilt, afghan and baby quilt. Lynn Schad won the quilt, Janan Meier won the afghan and Louise Sheppard won the baby quilt.

Picnic organizers also announced the winners of the "Bozo Grand Prize Game." Darrin Meier won the Coast to Coast gift certificate with nine buckets, and Clarie Johnson and Trent Allen tied for second with eight buckets each. Johnson won a Freedom Bank savings bond, and Allen won the First State Bank savings bond.

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