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It’s Gold Discovery Days time

Custer’s 93rd annual celebration of Gold Discovery Days is this weekend, with three days worth of activities that start Friday morning and wrap up Sunday evening.

On Friday, July 22, the weekend begins with the opening of the arts and crafts festival at Way Park. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

The Custer Piecemakers Quilt Show also begins Friday at 10 a.m., running until 5 p.m., and runs the same time Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission to the show is $3, and it will be held at the Armory on north 5th Street.

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Geenen loses big in contest

Around eight months ago, Phi Geenen had to have cortisone shots in his knees because they hurt so much. Six months and 30 pounds later, his knees feel better than they have in  a long time.

Geenen lost 28.8 pounds during the past six months, on his way to becoming this year’s winner of the Custer County Chronicle’s “Biggest Loser” competition. In doing so, Geenen won a variety of prizes from area merchants, but said he wasn’t motivated by winning the competition.

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Wrestling camps bring in big names

Wrestling may be done for the school year, but wrestling youth in Custer and surrounding areas are far from taking a break. 

While the Southern Hills Wrestling Club is no stranger to hosting wrestling camps during the summer months, this year’s camps are attracting a new level of trainers. 

At the club’s most recent camp Friday and Saturday, June 24-25, coach Bryan Snyder was on hand, teaching a group of 20 or so wrestlers the foundations of Freestyle and Greco wrestling. Snyder, a four-time All-American wrestler, has coached for the University of Nebraska for nine years and ranks number one on Nebraska’s all-time winningest percentage chart. He also coaches Jordan Burroughs, three-time All-American and two-time undefeated national champion, as well as an Olympic gold medalist. 

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4-H participates in horse show

The 2016 Custer/Fall River County Horse Show was held at the Circle T Arena in Hermosa June 23. The Custer and Fall River counties 4-H youth exhibited their horsemanship skills by participating in the County 4-H Horse Show. The judge was CeCe Steen of Interior.  

4-H members practice many hours, training their horses for the events. This year’s event hosted 23 participants, with approximately 117 entries in 30  classes. Prior to the event all participants are required to complete a horse safety training program to gain skills, knowledge and expertise regarding the importance of safety around horses and while riding horses. 

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Gold Discovery Days will be as good as ever

A few weeks ago we reported that the big annual Gold Discovery Days celebration in Custer was on life support and may not recover in time to be pulled off with the usual flair this year due to a lack of volunteer committee help. We’re more than glad to report that the patient has made a full recovery and is now healthy enough to run a marathon. Look out for this weekend!

If you think the town has been busy so far this summer, you will really be impressed by the number of people in here for all the festivities and high school class reunions this coming weekend. Thanks to the Custer Area Chamber of Commerce staff and willing volunteers, we will have a celebration worthy of being one of the best.

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