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So what's a rock lasso?

Scott, Sally, Craig    Here you see two rock lassos, held by Scott and Craig, with judge Sally Most between them. Craig placed second in speed knotting.

A rock lasso is a rope, like a cotton clothesline rope, with either a big knot on one end or a rock tied on at one end. These can be used in a very small space to practice knot tying. The contest derives from James Dean learning to use the lasso for the movie Giant. His teacher was actor and acting/voice coach Bob Hinkle, a native Texan, a real cowboy.

Many of the same people compete each year in the rock lasso contest. It's quite small, and everyone is encouraged to try her hand at this skill. This year saw at least two new contestants. There were two timed tests in the elimination round:
1. How fast can you make five knots, five single knots. The stop watch times from when the rock leaves the ground to when the rope is knotted. (Rope unknotted after each knot.) 2. How many knots can you tie in 4 seconds, continuous knotting. Rope not untied between knots. Please send me your name if I missed it.

Memories of the 1998 rock lasso contest at Fairmount Museum Days

officialsTwo more officials, Susie Presswood and Eric Draper. You can contact Eric at 1-765-998-0902. He was in charge of lots of activities.

Susie and Tony   Judge Susie Presswood with contestant Tony Defriese. Tony was one of the three finalists. He's from New Paris Ohio and rumor has it he drives a terrific car. Look him up if you stop by the big truckstop that he manages.

line of contestants

Trying to get these names right.... Scott Imfeldt from Rochester NY, local boy in red shirt, Craig Kester from Rochester NY, Chuck Shuetz from Schertz TX, Adam Pelletier from Illinois in gray shirt, Tony Defriese from Ohio in green shirt, Kazu Shimizu of Himeji, Japan in white shirt.

contestants

Adam Pelletier and friends   Another finalist, Adam Pelletier in the gray tee and hat, placed second in multiple knots. Misty Marrs is way over to the right.

Misty Marrs   Misty Marrs, now 22, has been winning the contest since she was six years old. This year Misty won both first place trophies, one for speed and the other for the number of knots tied. Misty actually tied her five individual knots in 1.1 seconds. She is amazing. Misty is a student at Ball State University.

Chuck Shuetz    Chuck Shuetz from Schertz TX, (near San Antonio I think). Chuck won the big prize at the James Dean Memorial Gallery Open House on Thursday night.

Naomi and Kazu    Naomi Yamada from Osaka and Kazu Shimizu of Himeji, Japan practice before the contest.

local lady        local son   Two Fairmount residents gave it their all. Good sports! Hope they send me their names.

Pamela and the Marrs    Here is a famous celebrity, Pamela DesBarres, seated between Misty Marrs dad and mom. Pamela covered the festival for television. She was very friendly and easy to talk to. Her son's middle name is Dean, named for Jimmy.

Mr. Marrs has a television show focused on local events. There should be some interesting Dean material on his shows.

Adam, Lisa and Shawn    It wouldn't be a festival without Outsider Lisa Blaney, shown here with Adam Pelletier and Shawn Cox.

trophies   These beautiful trophies show the care and thoughtfulness the committee puts into this event. There have never been any more beautiful awards than these.

Here's the index for the 1998 James Dean Festival,
Image Map They all looked like Jimmy Can you do it or knot? David Loehr's party Billy Swan's James Dean songs Several car pages In the church several pages of fans At the cemetery We behaved well this year

This is part of the Contents of DEANERS e-zine.

Here's Otto's cover, the parent of this family of magazines.


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