Among the talent and beauty that was seen at the 2013 Miss Hutchinson pageant Friday night, the 2012 Woman of the Year Mary Henke and Mr. Hutchinson Roger K. Olson said their goodbyes before they passed their titles onto the 2013 recipients of these awards.
Everett Hantge was named as Mr. Hutchinson 2013, whose accolades include local small business owner, former President of the Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce, member of the United States Military, and being an active member in his church as well as several civic organizations. The 2013 Woman of the year is Julie Jensen, who is a member of the Hutchinson Historical Society, a nationally recognized English teacher, and a great contributor to the Hutchinson Public Library, having donated thousands of books to the organizaiton. Both Hantge and Jensen will ride in the Grande Day Parade this Sunday and will participate in other events throughout the year representing Hutchinson with the rest of the Water Carnival Royalty.
Two other Water Carnival contributors were also recognized for their years of service with the group. Karlene Ulrich has been painting the stage backdrop and creating the parade vehicle signage for 25 years, and Stage Technician Marv Witte is retiring after assisting at Water Carnival events for 50 years.