Niswonger wins Ansonia Lumber’s toy contest again


ANSONIA — Harry Niswonger won first prize for his Hummer in the Ansonia Lumber Company’s annual Toy Contest held Saturday. Niswonger won a $50 gift certificate and an engraved Case knife and gift box for his entry.

Niswonger was also last year’s winner with a tractor. He has been competing in the contest for six years and this is his fourth win. He has also gotten second place twice.

Second place this year went to Kenneth Pence with a marble game; third to John Burnett with a game board; fourth to Neal Pleiman with a wagon; fifth to Harold Alley with table and seats; sixth to Gerald Brehm with a truck and tractor; and Rich Hampshire, seventh, with a log set.

Other contestants were: Mike Foreman with a car carrier semi; Charles Foreman, with a rocking horse; Gene Oliver with a bench; Shorty Schaar with cars and trucks; Kelly Boram with a fire truck; Greg Myers with a music box; Don Pearson with an antique car; Neal Burns with cars; Byron Brehm with a wagon; Ron Myers with a xylophone tic-tac-toe; Marcus Thorp with a rubber band game; and Mitch McCabe with a barn.

“We had three new entrants this year,” said McCabe, who organizes the contest annually.

Judging of the toys, as is traditional in this competition, was done by Scott Phillips, star of the television show “American Woodshop.”

All of the toys that were made for the contest have been given to Toys For Tykes through the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization to be distributed this coming Saturday.

By Linda Moody

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