MILTON-FREEWATER - The Millennium Riders of Walla Walla picked up three awards at the Muddy Frogwater Festival Parade Saturday. The group won the Equestrian, Best of Show and First Place prizes.
Lonesome Riders took first place in all other categories, which included specialty, novelty, vehicle, bicycle and motorcycle entrants. They appeared with two riders on horseback, two 4-wheelers and a green Mustang decorated in a frog theme.
Frog jumping contest winners in each heat earned a blue ribbon and then were brought back to compete for two grand prizes. The finalists were Jake Barahona, Madison Hanel, Aidan Body, Jorden Kerby, Sarah Bates, Cecelia Chantel, Sterling Sutter, Alicia Lancaster, Jasmyn Maldonado, Catalina Foust, Michael Miller and Lincoln Curry.
The grand prize winners were Bates who won a radio, and Chantel who won binoculars. Cheryl York of the Chamber of Commerce said that the contest wouldn't have been possible without the hard work of the event coordinator, announcer, frog handlers and catchers.
Corey Novakovich won both the first and second duck race. The winners of the other races were Burl Wallace, Lisa Tompson, Stephanie Hagen, Christie Pease, Elaine Johnson and Connie Crewse. Whole races were available for purchase for $25, enabling the buyers to have their names placed in the grand prize drawing. Novakovich purchased three races, Curtis Walter and Jim Burns were the other purchases.
In the drawing, Novakovich won the grand prize, which included a bicycle; a one night stay with two rounds of golf at Wildhorse Resort & Casino, a coupon book for Wildhorse; dinner for two at JP's on the Green; and a one night stay at Oxford Suites in Pendleton.