Base picnic kicks off holiday weekend for Team Malmstrom

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  • By Valerie Mullett
  • 341st Missile Wing Public Affairs Office
Each year a little something changes but each year many things remain the same. The annual military appreciation picnic was moved up to July 1 this year but it still drew record numbers of participants.

Co-sponsored by the 341st Force Support Squadron, Military Affairs Committee of the Great Falls Chamber of Commerce, 1st Liberty Federal Credit Union and several other local business, the event is held every year as a way to show the military members and their families how much they are appreciated.

"It is a neat thing that we can have this as the kick-off for the fourth of July weekend so that families can come out and just have a good time," said Staci Corder, 341st Force Support Squadron marketing director. "There are a lot of events for the kids, and for families and it's just a great event for everybody."

The menu was traditional barbecue, but the amount of food prepared had to feed nearly 3,000 people. Volunteers cooked and served 2,000 hamburgers; 1,200 hot dogs; and 1,200 bratwursts. More than 500 pounds of potato and macaroni salad; 25 cases of single -erving assorted chips; 100 cases of soda; 85 cases of water; and 500 ice cream cups were also provided.

Entertainment for young and old alike was available throughout the day. There were numerous entries in this year's car show for people to browse through and vote for their favorites. DJ music was provided for everyone's listening pleasure and a variety of informational booths were strategically placed offering free giveaways.

Carnival games such as face painting, a bean bag toss, a bouncy castle and a candy making station kept the little ones entertained.

The Sports and Fitness Center traditionally sponsors a fitness challenge each year, and this year was no exception. However the competition took on a different look from years past and the challenges more resembled picnic-style gaming with the "Grizathalon" being comprised of a three-legged race, wheel barrow race and potato sack race. An obstacle course was also part of the competition.

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Grizathalon Winners:
Staff Sgt. Jared Bratsberg and Senior Airman Miguel Graham

Obstacle Course Winners:
Staff Sgt. Tyrone Mester and Airmen 1st Class Patrick Harrison, Joshua Montoya and Mark Malkey

1,600 Meter Relay Winners:

Siblings Blake, Ryan, Jamie and Chris Cross
Each winner won a $25 gift certificate to WalMart.

Car show winners:
1st place Truck: Clint Mallory, 1956 Ford 4x4 Pickup
1st place Sport Motorcycle: Jason Waddy, 2006 Yamaha R1
1st place Classic Motorcycle: John Deyo, 2009 Harley Davidson
1st place Classic Car: Dan Kandilas, 1969 Dodge Coronet
1st place Muscle Car: Ted and Linda Baker, 1971 Pontiac GTO
1st place Sports Car: Larry Duren, 1969 Corvette
1st place Street Rod: Jim Terry, 1938 Ford Pickup
1st place Low Rider: Richard Case, 1961 Buick Electra