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Ice Rammers take Hot Air smoosh board championship

The Ice Rammers won both the smoosh board double elimination race and the best costume competition. Members from the left are Julie Goetzke, Erin Rabideaux, Rachel Scherer and Melanie Berg. (Hudson Star-Observer Photo by Margaret A. Ontl)1 / 5
An annual favorite, the Smoosh Bucklers team went down in defeat this year. From the left are emcee John Knutson and team members Brian Elwood, Kyle Kimbllin, Casey Wagner and Jimmy Kimbllin. The team dressed as characters from the Wizard of Oz in keeping with the silver screen theme of the Hot Air Affair. The Smoosh Bucklers have participated for 25 years. (Hudson Star-Observer Photo by Margaret A. Ontl)2 / 5
Visible in the front of team Killer Kanes are Oscar Kane-Steward and Becki Kane, followed by fellow team members Mycie Tew and Tristan Tew. (Hudson Star-Observer Photo by Margaret A. Ontl) 3 / 5
The Marshmallow Puffs head to the center of the smoosh board course. From the left are Erin Richter, Derrick Richter, Sarah Brackemyer and Andy Brackemyer. (Hudson Star-Observer Photo by Margaret A. Ontl) 4 / 5
A team made up of Super Heroes included, from left, Dan Quillin, Ben Matheson, Mariah Haberman, from Discover Wisconsin, and Scott Hintz. (Hudson Star-Observer Photo by Margaret A. Ontl) 5 / 5

Five teams competed this year at the annual Smoosh Board Competition during the Hudson Hot Air Affair.

It is one of the original activities in the 25-year-old community celebration. A lot has changed since the early years when competitors nailed old tennis shoes to 2x4 boards and off they went. Now the boards are wider and many times custom made.

The fun is the same and it still requires cooperation and coordination to get under way and stay upright.

John Knutson, also a founding member of the Hot Air Affair Committee, served once again as the lively and humorous emcee for the event. This year he was the Incredible Hulk.