Game Fair 2018 contest place-winners

Jack Averill (center) received $500 for his long-distance archery skills, with Jared Hood (left) coming in second and Logan Procai (right) in third.

The 37th annual Game Fair concluded Sunday, Aug. 19 after six rain-free days and a flurry of activity the second weekend of the event.

That’s when the duck- and goose-calling contests were held, along with the dog event finals, the 100-yard archery contest finals, and a political debate between Minnesota’s gubernatorial candidates Tim Walz and Jeff Johnson. The crowds also turned out in higher numbers the second weekend, much to the delight of the hundreds of exhibitors on hand.

Fastest three dogs in the Obstacle Course (left to right): first place Ron Bakken, second place Zak Barrett, third place Ricky Vang.

Game Fair owner and operator Chuck Delaney was pleased with another great event and hoped everybody who was part of it had a great time.

“We put a lot of work into making Game Fair fun for the entire family and it always makes me very happy when it goes smoothly – it was a great time,” he said.

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In the 100-yard Archery Challenge, a hefty number of archers qualified for the final round on Sunday, with the top spot going to Jack Averill. He received $500 for his long distance archery skills along with other prizes. Second place and $300 went to Jared Hood and third place plus $200 to Logan Procai.

Winners of the small dog long jump (left to right):
Second place, Bev Olson; first place, Madison Novy; and third place, Jim Martin.

In the finals of the dog events, this year’s obstacle course saw a tight field of six dogs competing. Representing winners from each of the six days of Game Fair, during the finals there was only a 12-second difference between first and sixth place. In the end, it was Ron Bakken’s Lab Rugar in first with a time of 35.40 seconds.

Final results of each of the five dog events:


1st—Jake Powell with Hank the lab at 37.79 seconds (Hutchinson, MN)

2nd—Jeff Sieber with Winnie the lab at 45.94 seconds (St. Michael, MN)

3rd—Jon Bruss with Cabela the lab at 49.08 seconds (Cologne, MN)

Top long jump large dogs (left to right): Craig Kempenich, second place; Josh Olds, first place; and Dan Geis, third.


1st—Jacob Anderson with Remington the lab at 25.69 seconds (LeSueur, MN)

2nd—Greg Lammer with Bowe the the lab at 26.65 seconds (Hudson, WI)

3rd—Jon Bruss with Cabela the lab at 28.72 seconds (Cologne, MN)

Obstacle Course

1st—Ron Bakken with Rugar the lab at 35.4 seconds (White Bear Lake, MN)

2nd—Zak Barrett with Bear the lab at 37.44 seconds (Ramsey, MN)

3rd—Ricky Vang with Panther the lab at 39.94 seconds (Rosemount, MN)

Winners in the Scurry relay race (right to left): first place, Jake Powell; second place, Jeff Sieber; third place, Jon Bruss.

Long Jump (small dog)

1st—Madison Novy with Beau the the springer spaniel at 21 feet (Princeton, MN)

2nd—Bev Olson with Ryza the border collie at 19 feet (Andover, MN)

3rd—Jim Martin with Lacey the yellow lab at 17 feet (Nowthen, MN)

Long Jump (large dog)

1st—Josh Olds with Barrett the lab at 23 feet (Chisago City, MN)

2nd—Craig Kempenich with Odie the German Shorthair Pointer at 21 feet (Randall, MN)

The top three Decoys-Decoys winners (right to left): first place, Jacob Anderson; second place, Greg Lammer; third place, Jon Bruss.

3rd—Dan Geis with Lily the lab at 19 feet (Hanover, MN)

With the Duck and Goose Calling Contests, there was a good field of competitors for each of the contests with callers coming from all across the country. Calling Contest coordinator Brandon Crowley said the seventh annual contest was very well attended.

Youth Duck Calling Championship

1st – Anton Freiderich (New Ulm, MN)

2nd – Cole Marsolek (Menomonie, WI)

3rd – Reece Nelson (Glenville, MN)

4th – Peter Lorentz (North Mankato, MN)

5th – Nathan Devries (Gaylord, MN)

5th – Bradley Sage (Waverly, IA)

6th – Wyatt Warweg (Zumbrota, MN)

Top finishers in the Youth Duck Calling competition.

Youth Goose Calling Championship

1st – Matt Kozlowski (Little Suamico, WI)

2nd – Nathan Devries (Gaylord, MN)

3rd – Cole Marsolek (Menomonie, WI)

4th – Reece Nelson (Glenville, MN)

Minnesota State Duck Calling Championship

1st – Ben Marleau (Braham, MN)

2nd – Matt Rustad (Burnsville, MN)

3rd – Ryan Hedberg (Fairbault, MN)

Top finishers in the Minnesota State Duck Calling contest.

Game Fair Regional Duck Calling Championship

1st – Matt Rustad (Burnsville, MN)

2nd – Jesse Blom (Gilbert, AZ)

3rd – Hunter Edwards (Fremont, NE)

2 Man/Woman Duck Calling Championship

1st – Mike Benjamin (Rochester, MN) & Ben Marleau (Braham, MN)

2nd – Mike Benjamin (Rochester, MN) & Joe Heintz (Hutchinson, MN)

3rd – Hunter Edwards (Fremont, NE) & Matt Rustad (Burnsville, MN)

Top finishers in the Two-Man Duck Calling competition.

2 Man/Woman Goose Calling Championship

1st – Chad Olds (Detroit, MI) & Jordan Keil (Hutchinson, MN)

2nd – David Goos (Maple Lake, MN) & Tim Steele (Monticello, MN)

3rd – Jordan Keil (Hutchinson, MN) & Joe Heintz (Hutchinson, MN)

Open Goose Calling Championship

Top finishers in the Open Goose Calling competition.

1st – Mike Benjamin (Rochester, MN)

2nd – Jordan Keil (Hutchinson, MN)

3rd – Joe Heintz (Hutchinson, MN)

4th – David Goos (Maple Lake, MN)

5th – Tim Steele (Monticello, MN)

Top finishers in the Youth Goose Calling competition.

Top finishes in the Regional Duck Calling competition.

Top finishers in the Two-Man Goose Calling competition.

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