On the Street: Queens again, repeat champ, pickleball's roots, paraglider pilots and Quincy the pig

Posted: Jul. 12, 2014 2:10 pm Updated: Aug. 9, 2014 6:30 pm

CANNIBAL PROPOSAL: Justin Haubrich of Quincy celebrated participating in the 19th annual Hannibal Cannibal for the first time in a unique way. His girlfriend, Michelle Meador, had already finished the race and was waiting for Haubrich at the finish line. Once he crossed, he asked Meador to marry him.

A HAT TRICK: Former Miss Quincy and Miss Illinois Megan Ervin is now part of Illinois' first family of county fair queens. Last week, Ervin's sister, Melissa, became the third member of the family to be named the queen of the Schuyler County Fair. Megan won that title in 2008, while Mallory Ervin won the crown in 2010. According to the Rushville Times, the Ervins are the first family in Illinois county fair history to have three county fair queens from the same family.

RODEO CHAMP: Dot Foods recently hosted its ninth annual Forklift Rodeo National Championship, and warehouse order selector Ryan Mangold of Rushville captured his second straight national championship along with an expenses-paid vacation. Mangold earned his choice of seven trips by safely posting the best overall time of 1 minute, 26 seconds, besting fellow warehouse order selector Bobby Harris by four seconds in the narrow aisle category. He will get his choice of one of seven all-expense paid vacations: Walt Disney World in Orlando; Memphis; Las Vegas; Miami; San Antonio, Texas; a Bahamas cruise; or Cozumel, Mexico. Mangold said the rodeo was a fun event but also provides an underlying benefit of practicing safety in the workplace. "The rodeo basically forces you to drive through a smaller space. We have to deal with that kind of stuff every day," Mangold said in a release.

PARAGLIDER PILOTS: Seven powered paraglider pilots flew their ultralight aircraft around the Illinois Veterans Home before the fireworks display on July 4 as a tribute to the military residents at the home. Several of the pilots displayed the American and Prisoner of War flags. Participating were Brandon Keppler from Mount Auburn, Michael Mixer and Rob Reinold from Fowler, Bjarne Sorensen from Port Byron, Jeff Steinkamp from Quincy, Oliver Winkler from Des Plaines and M.J. Henderson from Killen, Texas.

ECONOMIC BOOST: Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka visited Quincy last week and, as usual, the state's top fiscal officer left a little of her own money behind. "I always go to retail shops when I'm in town. I found a doorstop. It's this big pig and I collect pigs. So I'm naming it Quincy the pig," Topinka said.

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