County residents can get involved in choosing one of the featured calendar guys for 2014 as Mr. Perkins County with crowning during a January gala open to everyone.
By Jan Rahn
A second batch of Perkins County gents are being featured this week as contestants in the upcoming Mr. Perkins County contest that will kick off next week during the fair.
Proceeds raised from the project will go to the Perkins County Health Services Foundation, the hospital expansion/remodel project, and Perkins County.
A 2014 calendar will feature each of the contestants and the winner will be crowned at a gala in January open to everyone.
This week’s contestants are: Mr. May-Glen Stanek of Elsie, Mr. June-Mike Perlinger of Elsie, Mr. July-Chet Harger of Madrid, and Mr. August-JJ Long of Grant.
The 12 contestants will be present at various community functions over the next few months.
They’ll be raising funds through ticket sales for the gala and for each donation made in their name or for each calendar purchased.
Watch for next week’s issue when the final four will be featured for the last four months of the year: Steve Tucker and Glen Karst of Venango, David Jantzen of Madrid and Terry Sis of Elsie.
Featured last week were the contestants for the first four months of the year—Steve Loeffler and Derek Wilson of Grant, Dave Schmitt of Brandon and Nick Ross of Madrid.
The gala will be held Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 with dinner, dancing, a silent auction and the crowning at the Perkins County Fairgrounds.
Attendance to the gala event will be offered individually, as couples, or as whole tables for families, businesses, etc. Tickets may be purchased at a later date.
Watch for these contestants who each have the chance to assume the title of Mr. Perkins County during 2014.
Glen Stanek of Elsie, deemed steward of the earth, is selected as Mr. May.
His hobbies include cars, firearms and anything that goes “boom.”
Glen and wife Paula have been married for 47 years. Their children include son Tommy and daughters Fabienne and Amanda. They have four grandchildren.
Glen serves as chair of the Elsie Hi-Line Co-op Board, he is Post and County Commander of the American Legion, had served 14 years on the school board, has been a member of the fire department, led Boy Scouts and is a member of Resurrection Catholic Church.
Glen loves this area because, “Nowhere on earth do people come together to help their neighbors like in Perkins County. I get to live on my grandparents’ farm settled in 1874.”
Mike Perlinger is an agribusinessman from Elsie who loves spending time with his family and tinkering with cars. He will be featured in the middle of next year’s calendar.
He and wife, Lori, have two daughters, Traci, married to Tyler Dieckmann who have a son Caleb; and daughter Lindsey, who will be teaching in Perkins County Schools this fall.
Mike is an active member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Grant and is past Perkins County County Commissioner and Elsie Fire Board member.
The slow pace, the quiet, the weather challenges, his friends, are what Mike loves about his lifestyle near Elsie.
“My extended family all live here—I love living in eastern Perkins County,” he said.
Chester (Chet) Harger of Madrid will be featured a year from now as Mr. July 2014. Chet is an NPPD investment recovery coordinator and an auctioneer. He might be best known in the area for his rodeo clowning and announcing. He likes woodworking and black powder shooting.
Chet was honored as the 2000 and 2002 Pro Roughstock Rodeo Tour Clown of the Year.
Chet and wife, Mary, have been married for 30 years. Their children include daughter, Tiffine; sons, Shad and wife Lacy, Shane and wife Amanda, Trent and wife Jennifer; and, Chet says, “the four cutest grandkids!”
Chet is a member of the Madrid United Methodist Church, the Madrid Cemetery Board, an EMT and hazmat tech for the Madrid Fire Department, a Nebraska Energy Federal Credit Union board director, and has served on the school board.
“I was born and raised here,” Chet said about Perkins County. “I chose to stay and raise my family here. The people are down to earth.”
Jon J. Long of Grant is a farmer who says his favorite hobbies are chasing kids, fishing, hunting.
JJ (as friends and family know him) has been married to Nicole for 13 years. They have a daughter, Miah, who is 10, and two sons, Will, age eight, and Ryan, who is five.
JJ serves as Cub Master of Pack #160, is a member of Perkins County Pheasants Forever, and serves as Properties Chair at Zion Lutheran Church.
“Walking the fields and streets that my family has called home since 1905,” is what JJ loves about Perkins County, not to mention “the beauty of nature, independence of people, and pace of life.”