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Heartland Days showcases Hammond’s “heart”

The 2013-14 Miss Hammond Haley Doonan crowns Ariel Backes as this year’s queen during the Queen’s Pageant at St. Croix Central Middle School Thursday, Aug. 7, as contestant Reanna Gullixson looks on. (Photo by Sarah Young) 1 / 33
Ten-month-old Avery Posey, daughter of Bailey and Derek of Amery, was voted best “Gerber Baby” at the Hammond Heartland Days Baby Contest during the community dinner at Village Park Thursday, Aug. 7. (Photo by Sarah Young) 2 / 33
Hammond Village President Tony Bibeau shows off his “first wife,” a 1995 Ford F-250, at the 27th annual United Fire & Rescue Car Show on Davis Street in Hammond Saturday, Aug. 9. (Photo by Sarah Young) 3 / 33
Crowds and classic vehicles lined Davis Street in Hammond for the 27th annual United Fire & Rescue Car Show Saturday, Aug. 9, during Heartland Days. (Photo by Sarah Young) 4 / 33
Members of the 2014-15 Hammond Queen’s Court were crowned Thursday night at St. Croix Central Middle School. They include (from left) Miss Congeniality Katie Dennis, Miss Hammond Queen Ariel Backes and Princess Ema Bond. (Photo by Sarah Young) 5 / 33
Katie Dennis was crowned Miss Congeniality at the Hammond Heartland Days Queens Pageant at St. Croix Central Middle School on Thursday, Aug. 7. She received her crown from last year's Miss Congeniality, Kenzie Standaert. (Photo by Sarah Young)6 / 33
Grand Marshals Judy and Bill Jones were presented with a plaque and flower arrangement by Hammond Lions Club President Jay Ditlefsen at Thursday night's community dinner in Village Park. The Joneses have lived in Hammond their entire married life -- 46 years, Judy said. (Photo by Sarah Young)7 / 33
This gentleman loads his plate with goodies at the Hammond Heartland Days community dinner Thursday, Aug. 7, in Village Park, sponsored by Citizen’s State Bank of Roberts. (Photo by Sarah Young) 8 / 33
Members of the St. Croix Central High School-based band The Pink Ties entertained Heartland Days attendees at Village Park on Thursday, Aug. 7. (Photo by Sarah Young) 9 / 33
On Thursday, Aug. 7, members of Mike Fern’s family unveiled a stone placed by the new water fountain in Village Park, commemorating Fern’s years of service to the Lions Club and the community. Fern was a charter member of the Lions for 32 years. He also taught physical education at SCC High School and coached basketball and baseball. Fern passed away almost one year ago after a long battle with brain cancer. (Photo by Sarah Young) 10 / 33
Ema Bond was over the moon excited when she was crowned Princess at this year's Queen Pageant during Hammond Heartland Days. She was crowned by last year's princess Marissa Arthur. (Photo by Sarah Young)11 / 33
Multiple vendors offered shoppers an array of items at this year's first ever outdoor showcase on Charlotte Street during United Fire & Rescue's 27th annual car show during Heartland Days. (Photo by Sarah Young)12 / 33
Miss Hammond Ariel Backes (front) clowns around after the Queen's Pageant at St. Croix Central Middle School with past Miss Hammonds, including Haley Doonan (yellow dress). (Photo by Sarah Young)13 / 33
Members of the St. Croix Central High School pep band played some rousing tunes at the community dinner Thursday night in Village Park. (Photo by Sarah Young)14 / 33
These five young ladies vied for the Miss Hammond crown at St. Croix Central Middle School during Heartland Days festivities. They include Ema Bond (who was crowned Princess), Katie Dennis (who was crowned Miss Congeniality), Ariel Backes (who was crowned Miss Hammond), Reanna Gullixson and Morgan Leen. (Photo by Sarah Young)15 / 33
There was a special surprise during this year’s Heartland Days Baby Contest for children ages 0-12 months: two sisters, Elayna Quader (12 months) and Alyssa Quader (two months), were both in the competition. They are held by their mother (left) Kirsten Bushka of Glenwood City, and grandma (middle), while visiting with “Sleepiest Baby” winner Cameryn Spersted and her mother, Jessica. Elayna was voted “Future Prom Queen,” while Alyssa had the “Sweetest Baby Cheeks.” (Photo by Sarah Young) 16 / 33
St. Croix Central family and consumer education teacher Sue Frank was named this year’s winner of the Hammond Heartland Award at the Heartland Days community dinner Thursday, Aug. 7, in Village Park. (Photo by Sarah Young) 17 / 33
Little Rayna Reetz of Roberts doesn’t know what to make of her “Most Dazzling Eyes” trophy (held by her mother, Bailey Engel) at the baby contest Thursday, Aug. 7. (Photo by Sarah Young) 18 / 33
American Legion Post 432 presents the colors during the parade Sunday in Hammond as part of Hammond Heartland Days festivities. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 19 / 33
It was a good day to have a sweet tooth Sunday during the parade in Hammond as part of Hammond Heartland Days festivities. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 20 / 33
Hammond Heartland Days Grand Marshals Bill and Judy Jones. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 21 / 33
The St. Croix Central High School marching band performs during the parade Sunday in Hammond as part of Hammond Heartland Days festivities. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 22 / 33
The St. Croix Central High School marching band performs during the parade Sunday in Hammond. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 23 / 33
The Hammond Royalty Court, Miss Hammond Ariel Backes, Miss Congeniality Katie Dennis, and Princess Ema Bond wave to the crowd during the parade Sunday in Hammond as part of Hammond Heartland Days festivities. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 24 / 33
An ambassador for the Running of the Lamas put in an appearance during the parade Sunday in Hammond as part of Hammond Heartland Days festivities. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 25 / 33
SCC Community Education unicycle students put in an appearance during the parade Sunday in Hammond. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 26 / 33
Members of the Red Hat Mamas got all gussied up for the parade Sunday in Hammond as part of Hammond Heartland Days festivities. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 27 / 33
The Knights of Columbus sailed down Davis Street during the parade Sunday in Hammond as part of Hammond Heartland Days festivities. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 28 / 33
The parade Sunday in Hammond featured a number of local tractors as part of Hammond Heartland Days festivities. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 29 / 33
The parade also featured this guy, Elvis reincarnated as a pooch. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 30 / 33
Gotta love the alien as a member of the Elmwood Royal Court participating in the parade Sunday in Hammond as part of Hammond Heartland Days festivities. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 31 / 33
Several beautiful teams made appearances on behalf of different sponsors in the parade Sunday in Hammond as part of Hammond Heartland Days festivities. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 32 / 33
Kids collected candy and signs during the parade Sunday in Hammond. (Photo by Tom Lindfors) 33 / 33

Hammond Heartland Days festivities 2014 photo gallery (Aug.7-10)

Sarah Young

Sarah Young was appointed the editor of the Pierce County Herald in February 2015. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, where she covered community events, spot news and education in Hammond, Roberts, Somerset and St. Croix County Circuit Court. Previously she free-lanced for the River Falls Journal, Hudson Star-Observer, RiverTown special publications and the Superior Catholic Herald. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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