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The 1999 rock lasso contest at Fairmount Museum Days

Misty Marrs
Winner of 50% of the trophies, Misty Marrs.

She's a legend, winning since she was six years old! Misty is teaching pre-school now. She has already graduated from Ball State University.

the lineup

the showdown

Misty's nephew    Misty Marrs's nephew is practicing his rock lasso. He'll be a contender soon.

Misty's brother    This new contestant is Misty Marrs's brother, the dad of the little boy pictured above.

Adam Pelletier    For the second year in a row, Adam Pelletier won a trophy. Way to go Adam!

Kazu Shimezu    Kazu Shimezu of Himeji, Japan was able to get back again this year. It just isn't a festival without our Kazu.

Scott wins one    This is what it's all about, having this much fun!


Winners Scott Imfeldt, Misty Marrs and Adam Pelletier with judge Susie Presswood, and in the background, Eric Draper, (phone 1-765-998-0902) the stage manager for the weekend. Scott, from Rochester, New York, is also a repeat winner. Misty is the contestant with the most trophies.

Chuck    Chuck Shuetz from Schertz TX returned this year. I just didn't get to visit with him, to bring you his news.

Colin, Heath, Lyndon, Naomi
Colin Biegas of Shelbyville TN, Heath Schachtele from Michigan, Lyndon Biegas (Colin's brother,) and Naomi Yamada from Osaka, Japan were among the spectators. Then the brothers entered the Lookalike Contest later that night.

at the antiques shop
For a great place to shop and rest between events, visit the Fairmount Antiques Mall right there next to the stage. There is something about these two brothers, Tony on the left and Jon Tucker, and their niece, some zany sense of humor that makes the store sparkle. Always good for a cheering up when you need it. Yes, there is James Dean memorabilia here.

Contestants, please send me your name if I missed it.

So what's a rock lasso?

A rock lasso is a rope, like a cotton clothesline rope or a nylon 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. There's an elimination round and then these two timed tests in the final 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 off the clock, after each knot.)
2. How many knots can you tie in 4 seconds, continuous knotting? Rope not untied between knots.

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