DePoy wins $1,095 in Labor Day Boat Poker Run at Glen Elder State Park


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For the last few years, the Waconda Lake Camping club, local businesses and other community groups and volunteers have teamed up for several lake events. This year over Labor Day Weekend, Glen Elder State Park was able to be the location host of the Boat Poker Run, Boat Parade, Glen Elder Lions Club Tractor Parade, Glen Elder Library Golf Cart Poker Run, a food truck from Outlaw BBQ and Shadow Productions DJ Sunday Evening.

“We love being able to help plan and sponsor some of the great activities that take place at our Glen Elder State Park. It’s awesome seeing people come together and enjoy the great outdoors. With all that’s wrong with the world today, this feels right. You see an immense amount of patriotism through these events that warms the heart. The fact that we can have great events for lake campers and attendees is awesome! The fact it helps raise money for lake improvements that we all can benefit from is even better” said Lydia Housh, Camping Club volunteer and manager of Becker Autos & Trailers, Camper SuperCenter in Beloit.

The Labor Day Weekend boat poker run, boat parade and DJ were sponsored by local businesses including Shadetree Boat Repair, Schoen’s Auto Repair, Schoen Funeral Home & Monuments, Glen Elder Marina, Waconda Boats & Motors and Becker Autos & Trailers.

Unbelievably, local Shawn DePoy was the boat poker run grand prize winner for the 2nd year in a row and brought home $1,095 cash from this year’s event. $790 was raised this year and $750 in 2020 from the Boat Poker Run to benefit the Waconda Cultural Association for Lake Improvements. The Glen Elder Marina also helped raise money this year with their donut donations from the weekend. With LakeFest over July 4th and other lake activities, there has been over $30,000 raised for the WCA to go towards lake improvements just this year.

The Golf cart poker run was put together by local and library volunteers to benefit the Glen Elder Library. That event raised $905 for the library and the winner Shayna Deverman took home the $250 grand prize for high hand and Jim Reed $250 for low hand.

The tractor parade was put together by the Glen Elder Lions Club and started and ended at the park and included a parade through the campground to kick off their event. It has something they have been doing in past years, but change the route each year.

For more information on how to get involved next time or for future events, contact Lydia Housh of the Waconda Camping Club at 785-534-1227 or Lucille Heller at mckstourism@gmail.com.

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Derek Nester
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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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