|Audience captivated by mouse races Fri.|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Approximately 250 people made their way to Phillips County Event Center to support the Holyoke Wrestling Club as they hosted their annual mouse races Friday, July 19.
Prior to the races, a cajun boil prepared by Joyce and Allen Strong was served.
Jack Garrison tries to coerce Joyce Strong into a higher bid Friday night at the Holyoke Wrestling Club’s annual mouse races. —Enterprise photo
Lloyd Michael Jr., a member of the Colorado Auctioneers Hall of Fame, handled auctioneer responsibilities for the night, making sure all 15 mice were sold for as much as possible.
Individuals and groups of people joined forces to purchase the 15 mice. Prices for the mice ranged from $1,100-$2,500.
Spectators at the Friday night annual mouse races could hardly hold in their excitement as they cheer on their mice. Celebrating as their mouse Tonto crosses the finish line first in the final race, pictured from left are Monica Becker, Marla Camblin, Beth Zilla, Tancy King, Allie Balog, Tim Becker and Nic Balog. —Enterprise photo
Tonto, purchased by Strandz Salon, was crowned as the champion mouse of the night.
During the excitement of the races, coach Jack Garrison took time to remind those in attendance to keep Luke Sprague in their thoughts and prayers as the 8-year-old was recently involved in a farming accident and had to have one of his legs amputated below the knee.
To help with the medical costs, one of the mice was auctioned off with all of the proceeds going to the Sprague family. Beta Seed/Worley laid down $2,300 for the mouse, which was named after the young wrestler. Private donations of $200 raised the total to $2,500 that was given to the Sprague family.
Auctioneer Lloyd Michael Jr. was active throughout the night selling mice and keeping participants active.
Brooke Dirks, one of the organizers of the event, said the races were very successful and that the club’s goals were not only met but surpassed.
Proceeds from the night go towards Holyoke’s wrestling program which is made up of wrestlers from ages 4-18.
Greg Cure of Goodland, Kan. buries his head inside his hands as his mouse fails to live up to expectations.
The funds will be critical in helping the club cover many anticipated expenses for the upcoming season such as purchasing of a new scale capable of CHSAA regulation testing, travel expenses, summer camps, tournament registration fees, club insurance and the development of Holyoke Wrestling Inc.
Holyoke Enterprise July 25, 2013