HUMBOLDT - Both 4-H and food had a big role to play as Humboldt's big birthday party wound down on Sunday.
While the history of Humboldt 4-H was on display in one of the fairgrounds buildings, the 4-H-sponsored Barnyard Olympics and tug of war were going on beside the racetrack. Also on the fairgrounds were about seven contestants making chicken, burgers and ribs for the Sesquicentennial Cookoff.
Gena Vinsand and her family entered sweet peppers stuffed with cream cheese, pulled pork and Mexican cheeses.
-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter
The 10-18 year old contestants try their hand at a muddy tug-of-war following the Barnyard Olympics at the Humboldt Sesquicentennial celebration Sunday.
"We kind of just used whatever," Vinsand said.
Vinsand lives in Hubbard, but grew up in Humboldt.
"It's fun to have stuff to take the kids to," she said, "and having activities to do with friends."
Vinsand's daughter, Adelyn, age 4, was in the parade, and also liked the harness races during the sesquicentennial weekend.
That wasn't her favorite part, though.
"The pool," she said, was the best.
Trysten Frazier, 11, of Humboldt, more or less agreed: The free movie at the pool was the best part. She also enjoyed winning the Barnyard Olympics. Older 4-Hers got involved as well. Brian Scholl, 18, won first place in the 15-19 age group.
"There were five of us" in that group, Scholl said.
4-H has been a big part of his life for a long time, he said, so it was good to come out and be part of this.
"It's nice to see people coming out and enjoying it," he said.
Marilyn Hundertmark has always been involved in 4-H. Among the pictures and memorabilia on display in the 4-H history building was a cover of the national 4-H magazine from 1948, showing Hundertmark when she was a delegate to the national camp in Washington, D.C.
Her daughter, Jane Hundertmark, now lives in California, but came back to the town where she was rasied.
"It was worth a visit to the hometown," she said.
Jane Hundertmark especially enjoyed the cemetery walk on Saturday.
"That was terrific," she said. "We learned about Humboldt history."
For example, "Mary Johnston was the first female mayor of Humboldt, and we haven't had a female mayor since then. That was around the turn of the century."
Later, the Hundertmarks sampled some jalapeno poppers mixed with potato skins, made by Brad Duffy for the cookoff. Duffy said probably the best event of the weekend was the "Humboldt Idol" and street dance.
"I grew up in Humboldt," Duffy said. "As a kid you always think this is the worst place you could ever be. But then I moved away for 13 or 14 years, and there's just no place like home. I moved back, and I never plan on leaving.
Chamber Director Susan Rutz was tired after a long weekend, but happy with the turnout for the celebration events.
"I think all the events have been well-attended, that's a good thing."