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Written by Holyoke Enterprise   

Excitement could be seen on the faces of many last Friday night, July 20 during Holyoke Wrestling Club’s annual mouse races. Terry Andersen, at left, celebrates after his mouse Reckless won a heat race. Also pictured are Michele Cochran (back turned), Lavonne Andersen and Stacy Cochran.  —Enterprise photo

A crowd about double the size of previous years turned out in support of Holyoke Wrestling Club for the annual mouse races Friday, July 20 at Phillips County Event Center.

Including those who volunteered their time, 262 people enjoyed a cajun boil prior to the calcutta and racing action.

Auctioneer Josh Larson of Haxtun auctioned off 15 mice which went a little higher than previous years. Numerous people teamed up to purchase mice while some individuals purchased mice.

Auctioneer Josh Larson of Haxtun provided his talents Friday evening for the calcutta at the annual mouse races.  —Enterprise photo

Erik Vieselmeyer purchased the first mouse of the evening and named him Pioneer. The speedy mouse ended up racing his way to the championship and eventually won.

Erik Vieselmeyer celebrates with friends after his mouse Pioneer won the championship Friday night, July 20 at the annual Holyoke Wrestling Club mouse races.  —Enterprise photo

The evening which has been dubbed very successful by organizers gave friends and families the chance to get together for some fun and good food.

Proceeds from the evening go towards Holyoke’s wrestling program which includes wrestlers aging from 4-18. Organizers were very grateful with the turnout and participation. They said many great things are planned for the wrestling program and can now happen due to the success of last Friday night.

Joyce and Allen Strong prepared the cajun boil meal.

Nicholas Ortner tries to coax a mouse down the track. Some of the mice would jet to the end but turn around before crossing the finish line. Others took their sweet time.  —Enterprise photo

Holyoke Enterprise July 26, 2012