Mary Bullwinkel

Beacon correspondent

Overcast skies and occasional drizzle did not dampen the spirits of the crowd gathered for the Fortuna Rodeo Children's Games and Kids Fireman's Games held Tuesday at Redwood Village Shopping Center.

There was something for everyone at the event, such as pony rides, making wax hands and wax flowers, and ice cream for sale, with proceeds to help pay for the Hydesville School Class of 2013 trip to the Bay Area next year. There were tri-tip sandwiches to satisfy the heartiest of appetites, and snow cones available as well.

Having a great time at the event was 4-year-old Bailee White of Weott. She made herself a colorful wax flower and enjoyed a pony ride. McKinleyville resident Tracie Ahlberg brings her ponies to the Children's Games in Fortuna every year, and it is always one of the popular activities. Her business, Pretty Pony Parties provides pony rides for any kind of special occasion.

The U.S. Army was there with a climbing wall and an inflatable football toss for practice on throwing aim and accuracy.

Children in different age categories dressed up as cowboys and cowgirls and entered into the costume contest. The winners were: Marsela Sanchez in the 6- to 9-year-old category; 5-year-old Junior Lopez, and a tie for second place between 4-year-old Jason McGaughey and 4-year-old Jaydyn Dalton in the 3- to 5-year-old category; and in the 0 - 2-year-old category 19-month-old Abigail Miner and 20-month-old Jacob Pelosa were first place girl and boy respectively.

photo captions:

Photos by Heather Nyberg-Schlotzhauer/Beacon

1. Jesieka Lippincott, age 8, shows her skills during the Fireman's Games.

2. Contestants 5-year-old Junior Lopez (first place) and 4-year-old Jason McGaughey (second place, tie) show their style during the Redwood Village Rodeo Kids Games costume contest.