The members of the “Nombies” (from left) Jen Hacker, Jill Arp, Melissa Maas and Taylor Potthoff are crowned the champions of Main Street Manning’s Family Feud-style competition Nov. 11.
The members of the “Nombies” (from left) Jen Hacker, Jill Arp, Melissa Maas and Taylor Potthoff are crowned the champions of Main Street Manning’s Family Feud-style competition Nov. 11.

It was a night of nurse-zombies, of schoolmarms, of firefighters and Christmas decorators — and of economic-development fundraising.

The fourth annual Main Street Manning Family Feud raised about $5,000 for Manning’s economic-development organization Friday, with its Manning-esque blend of costumed game show, auction, good eats — and a few drinks to wash it all down.

Teams included the Nombies, a group of nurses looking suspiciously like zombies; the Schoolmarms, a group of educators; the Pumpers & Tankers — firefighters, of course — and All Lit Up, comprising members of the Irlbeck family, who are well known for their Christmas decorations. Teams competed for the best and most accurate answers to Manning-themed questions in a tournament-style competition, with groups who were defeated early gaining the chance to come back and win it all with an audience-vote twist.

That’s just what happened to the Nombies, who lost in their first round to the Schoolmarms only to later win the audience’s affection through a cash collection, allowing them to come back and face the same team in the final round, in a head-to-head match of female wits.

And darn if the Nombies didn’t go and win it all on the very last question, Main Street Manning board president Ron Reischl said.

Silent and live auctions allowed audience members to vie for donated items, many of which carried local themes: a Manning GPS clock, a Templeton Rye whiskey-barrel clock and gift bag, a reclaimed-wood coffee table and more. Highest-bidding items included Mary Sailer’s famous pies and a mantel rocking horse, similar to one made for Prince George.

About 165 people piled into the German Hausbarn Konferenz Centre for the event that has become Main Street Manning’s largest fundraiser.

“We filled the place,” Main Street Manning executive director Cindy Ranniger said. “I’m thankful to the people who are supporting the event.”

Money from the fundraiser will help pay Main Street Manning’s operating costs, as well as for an upcoming streetscaping project, a product of the city’s Community Visioning effort, which will include two “parklets” — benches, bushes and greenery — along Main Street and Americans With Disabilities Act-compliant access from the street to the sidewalk, Reischl said.