Shari Harbaugh memorial pool tournament March 21

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The Shari Harbaugh Memorial Kings & Queens Pool Tournament celebrates the life of the late Shari Harbaugh, pictured here at right during a pool tournament with her uncle Jesse Harbaugh and her cousin Keisha Harbaugh. (Photo submitted)

By Molly Moser

Guttenberg resident Dan Ganahl met the late Shari Harbaugh of Edgewood during pool league. They had been friends for just over a year when she was killed in a tragic car accident on Dec. 1, 2014. Ganahl decided to organize a pool tournament in her honor. “She deserves a big happy celebration,” he said. “A lot of people knew her and she was one of those people that will be remembered.”

The Shari Harbaugh Memorial Kings & Queens Pool Tournament is planned for Saturday, March 21, hosted by both Moxies Tap and the Dam Bar in Guttenberg. “I had some high expectations, and this event has definitely exceeded those,” Ganahl told The Press. At print, there are 52 couples signed up for the tournament. Moxies will be bringing in an extra pool table to accommodate the tournament, and 14 other businesses have also signed up as event sponsors.

Over 30 envelopes stuffed with gift cards from area businesses will be raffled off during the tournament on March 21. Prizes like a roadside car kit, pool stick and cue, manicure/pedicure, and more have also been donated for the raffle. Danny and Andy Schroeder have donated a whole hog to the raffle, and two winners will each receive one half of the hog. A 50th anniversary Ruger 10/22 stainless steel rifle was also donated as a raffle prize. 

The raffle is open to the public, and participants need not be present to win. “Even if you’re not playing in the tournament, come down and watch and play the raffle,” said Ganahl, inviting the community to participate in the celebration of Harbaugh’s life. 

Harbaugh and her parents, Betty Belden and Jeff Harbaugh, as well as her aunts and uncles, played pool in area leagues. She was also a driver in demolition derbies, where her car was number eight. Ganahl chose a pink eight ball with wings as the logo for the pool tournament. T-shirts bearing the logo and tournament information are for sale now and will also be sold the day of the tournament. 

Teams from Guttenberg and Edgewood, Manchester, Independence, and Elkader have signed up to play. “I think both bars are going to be packed that day,” said Ganahl, who says he would have included more tables if he’d known the event was going to grow so large. 

Check-in for the tournament begins at 11:00 a.m. at the Dam Bar. Tournament play will start at 12:00 noon. For more information or to sponsor or donate raffle prizes, please call Dan Ganahl at 563-213-2681.

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