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Wrong Days goes so right for 50th

Things often go a little differently during Wrong Days in Wright and the 50th annual celebration this weekend was no exception. In the cribbage tournament, folks played to lose, not win. Softball players ran to third base first when they got a hi...

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Fifteen-year-old Taylor Miller will reign as Miss Wright this year.

Things often go a little differently during Wrong Days in Wright and the 50th annual celebration this weekend was no exception.

In the cribbage tournament, folks played to lose, not win. Softball players ran to third base first when they got a hit, and rounded the bases clockwise, not counter-clockwise.

And at the start of this year’s first ever Light Up the Night 5K run/walk, the 34 runners and walkers began the race backwards, facing away from the starting line.

Also new to Wrong Days this year was the game of “OGNIB.”

What, one may ask, does this strange word mean? Keeping in tune with the Wrong ways in Wright, it is simply BINGO, backwards of course. Pronounced as it is written, this was the first time the game was ever played anywhere in the United States. Despite being backwards, participants caught on quickly and appeared to have fun playing the new version of a classic game.

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This year’s Wrong Days in Wright ran from Friday to Sunday, July 17-19, and offered a wide variety of activities for residents and visitors enjoying the small town festivities.

One of the main events Friday night was the coronation of Wrong Days royalty.

Fifteen-year-old Taylor Miller was awarded the title of Miss Wright this year with 10-year-old Taylah Pfisthner crowned this year’s Princess. The 2014 Wrong Days Queen, seven-year-old Elly Dromeshauser, crowned two princes - brothers Zachary and Charles Kabus, ages 6 and 4, respectively. The coronations occurred during the Friday night Steak Fry, which went from 4-8 p.m. and was well received (and consumed) by those who attended.

The 5K Light up the Night race followed the 6:30 p.m. coronation. With the Wright tornado siren serving as the starting gun for the backwards start, it was a fun race from start to finish. In the male division, Nick Koenig took first place overall with a time of 21:32, with second and third places going to Micah Pocernich and Russell Johnstone, respectively. On the women’s side, first place went to Marcia Pocernich, with a time of 24:28. Twelve-year-old Julianna Pagan took second place and Amy Rosckes snagged third.

“It went great,” said race director Pete Koenig. “We had a lot of really great helpers that made the race possible.”

The night capped off with a teen dance in the Big Top, from 8:30 p.m. to midnight. Adding to the fun of the day, there was a beautiful fireworks display that began as soon as it grew dark.

Saturday kicked off bright and early with a parade at 10 a.m. Everyone in attendance had a chance to see the Wright Fire Department trucks, along with several fun floats all bedecked for the 50th Annual Wrong Days. As recently crowned Miss Wright, Taylor Miller sat on a float, waving to all parade goers, and Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake made an appearance as well. Lots of candy was given out to locals who came to watch the event.

“We had 28 entrants in this year’s parade, which was very well received,” said Jennie Hansen, who has been involved with the Wrong Days festival for many years now.

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At 11 a.m., the dunk tank began, with the first person up for dunks none other than Sheriff Lake.

“The weather was so perfect on Saturday as the many people gathered in Wright to enjoy the festivities,” she said. “As sheriff, I enjoy being able to be a part of it and getting to talk with the families, community members, and visitors that came out. The dunk tank is an added bonus as people really enjoy being able to dunk the sheriff and the money raised goes towards helping them plan future events.”

A slew of local celebrities took their turns at the dunk tank, including Cromwell’s Les Richards. Eventually, area kids started taking turns getting dunked by well aimed throws from their peers. It seemed that all involved had a great time.

Throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, volleyball and softball tournaments were going on in both Wright and Cromwell. Volleyball teams consisted of three or four players, with participants falling under a wide umbrella of ages. The softball teams were comprised of former and current locals that ran in ages from elementary schoolers to long-time alums.

Despite the heat and humidity of the weekend, Wrong Days attendees stayed cool with the help of refreshments. With everything from ice cream and root beer floats sold by locals to the typical cheese curds and mini donuts from the vendors, there was no end to the tasty treats.

Saturday night concluded with an adult dance and music by “Jokimaki, Digger and Heaser.”

“It seemed like there were people all over the place during the whole weekend,” Hansen said.

Sunday saw the completion of the volleyball and softball tournaments, and the end of a fun and full weekend. Among the many events, there seemed to be something for everybody - whether it was the dunk tank, the 4-H petting zoo, the horseshoe tournament or OGNIB.

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