THE GREAT SUNOL BED RACE AND CHILI COOK-OFF on Oct. 6 was one
big ol' day of fun put on by the Sunol Business Guild. Guild
Vice President Dimitri Kastriotis chaired the event, organizing
committees, overseeing set-up, cooking, food and beverage sales
and more. Sifu Vargas, Business Guild Public Relations Officer
and chili booth coordinator, brought in 18 great competitors,
and did a bang-up job publicizing the event.
Brandt Weibezahn of Fourte Design and Development served as
bed race coordinator. Brandt's company built and donated four
beds for Sunol Glen students in the new Junior Division races.
Sandi Bohner of Little Valley Vineyards secured the day's Zydeco
music by Tom Rigney and Flambeau, and Joan Hall chaired the
children's area, which included games, pony rides, face painting
and more. Andrew Turnbull was a fantastic Master of Ceremonies,
and Joan Hoxie put together the Beverly Zimmermann Memorial
Pet Parade, named for Joan's dearest friend. Wayne Zimmermann
gave a moving tribute to his late wife.
Beverly's dog Willow served as Grand Marshal for the Pet Parade,
which was sponsored by Happiness Kennels, Little Valley Vineyard,
Lourd's Ice Cream, and the Sunol Wilderness Equestrian Center.
The 28 participating pets and their owners received goodie bags,
ribbons, and photos. Judge Janet Schott of Livermore had her
work cut out for her, especially since the entrees spanned the
animal kingdom from snakes to, well, humans.
That's right, I said humans. Janet awarded an honorary mention
to four imaginative Sunol Boy Scouts who showed up with one
of their number tied to a mover's dolly pushed by the other
three. Way to go, Scouts
I think. In the Best Costume contest,
the winners were: first, Benjamin Miller and his goat; second,
Laura Kelly and her dog; and third, Sammy Edwards and her mule.
Most Unusual Pet winners were: first, Maria Behm and her guinea
pig; second, Lenny Alexander and his Mexican king snake; and
third, Garrett Glass and his sleepy rabbit.
Pet-Owner Look-alike winners were all paired with pooches:
first, Ali Roden; second, Joe Thereault; and third, Jessica
Christian with Grand Marshal Willow. The winners received cash
awards and pet products.
The bed races were exciting and entertaining as always. In
the Adult Division, the winners were: First, Berge-Pappas-Smith
Chapel of the Angels of Fremont, with Troy Ermish, Chris Garrett,
John Gilbertson and Stephanie Wells; second, Fourte Design and
Development of Sunol, with Ron and Erin Fajardo, Gioni Bianchin,
Manfred Schned, and Jeff Haddock; third, B.A. Morrison of Castro
Valley, sponsored by Brian Morrison, with Larry Orta, Chris
and Anthony Nusom, Randy Walker and Mike Dupuis. Scroggins Construction
of Sunol, led by owner Dale Scroggins, won Best Decorated Bed.
The Junior Division winners, all Sunol Glen students, were:
First, Student Council Shooting Stars, with Jamie Thurman, Tim
Xenakis, Kaylee Ballstadt, Rick Cook and Frank Imhof; second,
Eighth Grade Sleepy Heads, with Sarae Van Dyke, Katie Surles,
Mike Carter, David Ingebretsen and Kevin Foley; third, Eighth
Grade Crazy Train with Galen Willett, Fauna Vargas, Sarah Gray,
Calvin Kuntze and Josh Whitfield.
Chili Cook-off judges were State Senator Liz Figueroa, Pleasanton
Mayor Tom Pico, Alameda County Supervisors Gail Steele and Scott
Haggerty, Fremont Councilman Steve Cho, fourth generation Californian
Bernie Leal, and businessman George Beardsley. Cathy Lyn Harrison
helped judge the best-decorated bed and chili booth.
San Jose chili team "Southern Discomfort," captured
both the People's Choice award and the judges' third place vote.
The team, headed by chef Mark Nelson, took home two $100 cash
awards and a plaque. The judges' award for best chili - a trophy
and $300 - went to the Little Brown Church of Sunol's "Holy
Cows," with head chef John Robertson. Second prize of a
plaque and $200 went to Essanay Silent Film Museum of Niles,
with head chef Dorothy Bradley.
The plaque for best-decorated booth was won by Rowell Ranch
Rodeo for their Wild West chuck wagon with all the trimmings,
a bucking bull ride, and costumes to match. And everyone was
happy to see recent Foothill grad and Sunol Glen grad Ryan Lesher
win the grand prize drawing for $750, donated by Bosco's Bones
& Brew. Congratulations to all!
The Sunol Business Guild meets the second Tuesday of the month
at 7 p.m. at Little Valley Vineyard's bistro on Main Street
in Sunol. All are welcome.