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July 19, 2011 > Ardenwood fund on the Fourth of July

Ardenwood fund on the Fourth of July

Submitted By Isa Polt-Jones, Photo By: Allan Mendez

The weather cooperated and crowds flocked to Ardenwood Historic Farm on July Fourth to celebrate Independence Day with old-fashioned entertainment and contests. The following contestants gave winning efforts in the many activities held that day.


Nail Driving
Women: Tamra Hollenbeck of San Bruno
Men: Steve Hathcox of Hayward (Steve also won in 2010)

Egg Toss
Alex Essel & Matt Hill of San Francisco (62 feet 5 inches)
Ardenwood's record of 95 feet was set by Daniel & David Szakalski of Fremont in 1997

Pie Eating
Adult - Steve Hathcox of Hayward (2 minutes 55 seconds). Steve also won in 2010.
Ardenwood's record of 48 seconds was set by Steven Metzger of Campbell in 2007.
Child - Maya Kelleher of Oakland (3 minutes 19 seconds)
Ardenwood's record of 1 minute 20 seconds was set by Jonathan Siver of San Jose in 2006.

Bucket Brigade
The barrel was filled in 8 minutes 7 seconds.
Ardenwood's record of 7 minutes 17 seconds was set in 2009.

Watermelon Seed Spitting
0-7 years - Justin Dismuke of Castro Valley (15 feet 5 inches)
Ardenwood's record of 18 feet 2 inches was set by Clay Taylor of Pleasanton in 1998.

8-11 years - Haileigh Wolthuis of Mantica (19 feet 7 1/2 inches)
Ardenwood's record of 25 feet 7 1/2 inches was set by Paige Taylor of Fremont in 1999.

12-15 years - Nicholas Palundo of Fremont (21 feet 9 inches)
Ardenwood's record of 28 feet 5 1/2 inches was set by Tim Graham of Milpitas in 2001.

Women - Kota Dimeler of San Francisco (24 feet 9 1/2 inches)
Ardenwood's record of 28 feet 7 inches was set by Tracey Thordsen of Newark in 1996.

Men - Pete Ruibal of Newark (32 feet 0 inches)
Ardenwood's record of 36 feet 7 inches was set by Bill Hall of Oakland in 2005.

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