On Sept. 18, the Dunn County Barbershoppers held their 43rd annual Bloomer Bash Quartet Showcase in Bloomer. It was a night of harmonizing in four-part a cappella singing quartets that the guys had randomly formed.
It was pretty exciting to have 20 out of 28 active chapter members plus two non-members perform in various quartets. Some of the singers even decided to perform out of their element, learning a voice part that they don’t normally sing.
The judging was close, but Judge Steve Zorn decided on three quartet ribbon winners. A Peoples Choice Award was also given to the favorite quartet, voted by the audience.
First place went to “Colfax Crossing Quartet” (pictured). Second place went to “FORE!” — Gary Johnson, Menomonie; Terry Hoepner, Eau Claire; Darrell Hoepner, Bloomer; and Pat Mulheron, Durand. Earning third place was “River Boys” — Barry Dietsche, Bloomer; Don Hayden, Durand; Andy Heren, Eau Claire; and Dave McNaughton, Menomonie. Peoples Choice was “Passed Me By” — Dennis Ruda, Black River Falls; Dalton Bradford, Colfax; Darrell Hoepner, Bloomer; and Phil Schector, Lebanon, Ind.