Girls compete for first time in the Festival of Grapes pentathlon
SILVER CREEK — For the first time in the Festival of Grapes’ 50-year run Silver Creek elementary-age girls participated in the pentathlon competition.
After the cancellation last year of the traditional Festival of Grapes pageant, it occurred to organizers that it was unfair to exempt the girls entirely.
As it turns out, third and fourth-grade girls like to compete just as much as the boys, and it showed during Tuesday’s series of sporting tournaments.
These girls will be able to cement their names in the Festival of Grapes lore as pioneers who did away with the glitter and gowns of subjective determination for the arguably more rewarding immediate thrill of crossing finish lines and kicking soccer balls through goals.
The added benefit in participating in the competition, according to pentathlon athlete Rylee Weiskerger: “we get to stomp on the grapes, eat a big bag of kettle corn and we get to walk in the grape festival parade.”
Both girls and boys competed in five events: basketball throw, football throw, soccer cone drill, baserun and relay run.
Competing for the girls: Kimberly Bauer, Rylee Weiskerger, Gwen Souter, Kyla Ziegler, Khloe Karnes.
Competing for the boys: Caden Fote, Derick Bauer, Mason Simmons, Matthew Borrello, Declan Irish, Owen Kilburn.
The winners of the pentathon will be announced Friday during opening ceremonies.