By Jacki Nelson
TICKET ENTRY INFO
Cost: $1 each
Deadline: Noon, Dec. 12
Locations: Hesston Record & Hesston True Value
Benefits: The Hesston Resource Center
Game: Chiefs V. Titans
Seats: Section 128, Row 25, Seats 20-21
Date: Dec. 18
This year’s Pigskin Picks Grand Prize Winner, Kurt Horst, is giving away his Chiefs tickets to one lucky winner. Horst is raffling off the tickets to benefit the Hesston Resource Center.
Horst, the lead pastor at Whitestone Mennonite Church, said he simply could not leave his congregation during Advent for the Sunday game against the Tennessee Titans.
Furthermore, in a family full of members in the ministry, handing them off as a Christmas gift posed the same timing problem.
“I couldn’t decide who to give them to and thought, ‘Well, it can benefit the Hesston Resource Center.’ I like what they do in Hesston,” he said.
Horst said he is excited about getting more residents involved with helping the resource center.
“I think everyone can support it. But, finding out who wins will be the fun part,” he said.
Throughout the competition, Horst has eeked out win after win. Even though the last two weeks the scoring came down to the wire.
“When you’re in the lead with two weeks to go, that’s a lot of pressure,” he said.
In addition, Horst was new to the competition.
“I remembered to play the first week. That’s why I decided to play. Other years the first week was already past and you’re behind already,” he said.
A football fan, Horst said, “I can’t give away my secrets for picking.”
As a pastor, Horst’s schedule is not conducive to watching many of the games.
“I’m doing a lot of work on Saturdays, so I don’t see many. And I don’t watch much on Sunday either,” he said.
When he does manage to catch a ballgame, with winning on the line, his perspective changes.
“You don’t watch games the same. I picked against Kansas City. When it went into overtime and that field goal bounced off the goalpost - I wanted them to win, but at the same time...”
Without catching many games, Horst ruefully added, “There were a few times I forgot who I picked, so I had to wait until Thursday.”
Once again, Horst will have to wait to see the results of his work. The drawing for the tickets will take place on Monday, Dec. 12 and be announced in the Dec. 15 edition of The Record.