The 59th annual Summerfest caught a huge break from Mother Nature last week. Instead of fighting more rain and flooding conditions, three days of dry weather greeted the crowds.

The ground may have been a little soft in spots, but the carnival rides, vendors, music, games and food made careful walking bearable.

“We did well and it was successful for the Chamber (of Commerce),” said Kristen Mallett, who is Executive Director of the Wagoner Area Chamber of Commerce.

Summerfest is the chamber’s biggest fundraiser. Despite all the bad flooding and rain, Mallett reported that the chamber made almost the same amount of money as the year before.

Mother Nature was made an instant Ambassador for the near-perfect weather from May 30-June 1.

Summerfest meant different things to everyone. One out of town attendee summed it up perfectly.

“I’m so thankful they do stuff like this. It gives families a chance to have a fun exciting day together,” said Candice Bear of Hulbert.

Bear took advantage of the park’s swing sets for Brooke Bear and Ty Wynn that attended with her.

“It went great,” Mallett added of the three-day event. “The weather really held off.”

Here is a brief summary of some of the things that happened during Summerfest:

• Austyn Rice and Caleigh Craft each won divisions in the Top Dawg talent show. Max Collier was selected the People’s Choice winner.

• Each day Summerfest was open, crowds were treated to a near-spotless park. All that work to keep it clean was from the Wagoner High School and Middle School cheerleaders as well as some Bulldog athletes that also pitched in.

The clean-up work was part of the cheerleaders’ community service project.

• Weston Call was the champion owner of the Turtle races. Call’s entry was almost as big as he was and managed to win a heat race and the final for the overall championship.

• The Cartels defeated the Kickball defending champions, FirsTitle and Smith Brothers Abstract, in the last two games to win the 2019 title.

• The garage sale portion of Summerfest again attracted about two-dozen participants. By the looks of some of the homes, the foot traffic was steady on Saturday.

• The Charlie Hickman Band performed on Saturday night. The Cushing musical group’s entertainment was the perfect ending to Summerfest.

John covers news and sports for the Wagoner County American-Tribune. Phone: 918-485-5505