Archive for Thursday, August 19, 2004

Ag Olympics provide entertainment at fair

August 19, 2004

Forget Athens and the games of the XXVIII Olympiad currently taking place in Europe.

Tonganoxie was the site Saturday for Ag Olympics IV at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds.

Sponsored by the Leavenworth County Junior Leaders, this year's Ag Olympics included events such as a watermelon seed spitting contest and a water balloon toss.

In one event, participants had to maneuver into shoes taped to a board and then had to walk with the bulky contraptions on their feet.

"They were interesting to watch," said junior leader Stephanie Reynolds. "Once they understood the games, they got into it."

This year's competition had two teams featuring 12 members each.

"We didn't quite have the turnout we did in previous years, but I don't know why," Reynolds said.

Other junior leaders this year are Erin Drozinski, Jason Miles, Nicole Allen, Alex Kissinger, James Bailey and Erin Wood.

Junior leaders range in age from 13 to 18 and this year come from Basehor, Lansing, Tonganoxie and Leavenworth.

Winners of the Ag Olympics receive donated tickets from the Midway for rides, along with food certificates to a food stand. But as Reynolds said, prizes are "mainly candy."

The junior leaders also were visible earlier in the week for a canned food drive. Although the group didn't accumulate many cans, Reynolds said cash donations totaled about $150.

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