Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Eagle Butte
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Hometown Days begins under the tent…

Hazyn Ducheneaux is the 12 year old daughter of Janie and Todd Ducheneaux. Hazyn became interested in acrylic canvas paintings this year, in January to be exact. “I have always liked art, drawing, coloring, making pencil sketches, but I wanted to experiment more with painting,” Hazyn commented. “I love sunsets and sunrises so alot of my paintings reflect that.” Recently, Hazyn went on vacation with her little brother and mom. She was further inspired by the amazing views and scenery she saw. When Hazyn was in 5th grade she was given the opportunity to help 1st and 2nd graders in art class. She enjoyed working with the younger kids, helping to guide them and it made her heart happy when they took an interest in the same things that she loved to do- expressing creativity through art. Art gives her a sense of solitude and the ability to create what she visualizes in her mind. Seeing those visions come to reality makes her feel accomplished and proud. Hazyn’s big brother Dillon has been a huge inspiration for her. “He has the natural ability to create such awesome drawings,” Hazyn said. “I have experienced tremendous losses this last year, family who have passed on and who I loved dearly and miss them every day. “Painting helps me express myself through some tough times.”

Devon Spoonhunter displays her beautiful bead work.

Evelyn Combellick (right) does canvas paintings and baked goods. Her mom Janal stopped to help her out.

Cora Petersen mans the Canli Coalition of CRST booth and provides anti-tobacco information. Photo by Darrel Eagle Staff

Walker Rose and wife, along with Bev and Joe Rose had booths at the Art in the Park. Photo by Cindy Marshall 

Donita Fischer with brother Ross DuBray at her booth with ALL BY GRACE BOUTIQUE which is also located in the new building at Four Bands Incubator. Photo by Cindy Marshall 

Ted Miner displays his talent of working with wood.

Sheri Miner displays her beautiful decor.

Maria Olson and her mom cook up a storm. Photo by Cindy Marshall 

Merril Mitchell shows perfect cornhole form as Nolan Keckler looks on. Photo by Darrel Eagle Staff

Harlee Morgan balances and throws her bean bag during the cornhole tournament held during Hometown Days. Photo by Darrel Eagle Staff

Lou and Trina Lends His Horse were the 2019 Cornhole Champions of Hometown Days. Photo by Darrel Eagle Staff

Lexi Keckler takes her shot while Bobbie Pearman watches in concentration. Photo by Darrel Eagle Staff

The Pony Express serves as the “Uber” during Hometown Days festivities. Photo by Alaina Beautiful Bald Eagle

Ariel Pay Pay Frazier and Sheldon Red Bear race against the clock. Photo by Darrel Eagle Staff

Jamaila Franzen, Lauryn Clown, and Ariel Pay Pay Frazier race to get as many hot dogs down as they can. Photo by Darrel Eagle Staff

Daleynie Miner ‘Daddy Dog’ and Sarah Miner ‘The Hot Dog Queen’ finish out the hot dog contest. Daleynie was placed second with a total of eight hot dogs. Photo by Darrel Eagle Staff

Sarah Miner, Baptiste Butcher, and Jamaila Franzen use water to wash down their hot dogs and buns. Photo by Darrel Eagle Staff

Marc Benson was the first place winner of the hot dog eating contest, putting away a total of thirteen hot dogs. Photo by Darrel Eagle Staff

Hypnotist Kellan Marson practices his hypnotizing skills on Merrill Mitchell, one of his many volunteers, on Thursday, July 19. Photo by Darrel Eagle Staff

Volunteers listen to the voice of hypnotist Kellan Marson on Thursday, July 19 during the Hometown Days activities. Photo by Darrel Eagle Staff

Tia Gunville and Mary Mitchell feel ‘freezing’ during their hypnosis. Photo by Darrel Eagle Staff

Merrill Mitchell, Jamaila Franzen, Tia Gunville, and Mary Mitchell lay sleeping under their hypnosis. Photo by Darrel Eagle Staff

These two volunteers smile after being told to smell each other. Photo by Darrel Eagle Staff

Water slides, mechanical bull riding and other games were sponsored by the State Bank of Eagle Butte. Photo by Darrel Eagle Staff

Ice cream was sure a favorite of young and not so young. Served by Moreau Grand Electric. Photos by Roger Lawien

State Bank of Eagle Butte served a record crowd under the tent during the festivities on Friday. Steve Payne greets customers and friends (in the middle of the tent) as his employees, family and friends serve the appreciation meal. Photos by Roger Lawien

Hats Off to Steve Payne, his family and employees for working so hard to keep the tradition of Hometown Days going.