Winners in three age divisions in the annual Talent Show received trophies for their performances.
In the Youth Division, first place was captured by the Miraculous Ladybugs twirling team for their presentation to the tune “Beauty and the Beast.”
The team is comprised of Eliana Hernandez, Brooklyn Jiminez, Kyleigh LaRoche, Morgan Soape, Gavin Warncke, Savannah Warncke, Payton Zapalac and Brazos Zdunkewicz.
Second place was twirler Adeline LaRoche, who performed to the tune “Wild Thing,” and the Littlest Ladybugs took third place for their twirling routine to “These Boots Were Made for Walking”.
Littlest ladybugs members are Brooklyn Clayton, Mia Clayton, Kalien Gorka and Aria Lopez.
The Diamond Ladybugs twirling trio of Brodi Baker, Peyton Gamino and Leila Svatek took first place in the Junior Division, alternating umbrellas and batons in their performance to the song “Umbrella.”
Singer Nina Nekkanti captured second place for her rendition of “Better When I’m Dancing”.
Taking first place in the Adult Division was the “Captains Team” of twirling instructors Amanda Warncke and Raven Lehmann, who gave a last-minute performance of a high school routine they hadn’t done in many years.
Second place went to guitarist and singer Tom Brown and drummer Zac Brown, who performed “No Matter What.”
Car Show champs honored
Plenty of trophies were awarded to a wide variety of entries in the annul Car Show.
First place in the Classic category went to Donald Ernest for his 1956 Ford Crown Victoria, with second place going to Dennis Vacek and his 1957 Chevy Bel Air.
In the Muscle Car division, Bobby Zwahr took first place for his 1967 Ford Mustang GTA, and David Nash won second place for his 1970 Chevy Camaro.
Terry Deeds’ 1930 Ford Model A Sedan won first place for Hot Rods, with Larry Loesch taking second for his 1931 Ford Model A Coupe.
The 1983 Oldsmobile Hurst owned by William Dittfurth captured first place for Modern American, and Mark Wilson’s 2021 Chevy Camaro SS took second place.
First place for the Truck category went to T.J. Smith and his 1963 Ford, with second place going to Glenn Parmlee and his 1949 Ford F-2.
The Best Original Award went to Galen Coupe’s 1969 Mercury Cougar XR-7; Best Custom to Bobby Bautista’s 1948 Mercury; Best 4x4 to Steven Miller’s 2018 Ford Raptor; Best Paint to Mike Van Note’s 1966 Ford Galaxie; Best Engine to “Ram’s” 1931 Ford Model A 318 Hemi; and Best in Show to Jared Martinez’s 1956 Chevy.
Fun Run winners announced
“Lightnin’ Leon” Shrives captured first place in the Needville Harvest Fest Fun Run, which began at 7 a.m. Saturday at Needville Elementary.
Shrives is a third-grade student at Needville Elementary. His brother, Luke, a fifth-grader at Needville Middle School, took second place. Coming in third was Barrett Zapalac, a third-grader at Needville Elementary.
Kitana Avenado, a second-grade student at Needville Elementary, received a gift card for raising the most funds for the Needville Harvest Fest scholarship program.
Needville High School social studies teacher Adam Kohleffel was in charge of the Fun Run and presented the winners with their awards.
Raffle prizes claimed
The top winner in the annual raffle drawing was Brian Sebesta, who was on hand to receive the news that he won the top prize of a 2021 John Deere 4x4 Gator.
Harvest Fest volunteer Meggie Duncan drew the winning tickets from the drum, which was spun by President Chris Janicek, who also announced the winners’ names.
Don Teykl won the 2021 John Deere 48-inch, zero-turn lawn mower, and former Needville Fire Chief Keith Thumann won the $500 gift card.
The two $250 gift cards were won by Janie Alderete and Chad VanDeWalker.
Duncan and her friend Berkley Riddle, both fifth-graders at Needville Middle School, spent most of the day folding thousands of raffle ticket entries.
Janicek said all 5,000 raffle tickets were sold, with the last five being sold just 30 minutes before the drawing.