Food fight's fun at fair

PERKINS TWP. Contestants had fair weather for the Fair Food Olympics competition this year. Almost two dozen 4-Hers of
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

PERKINS TWP.

Contestants had fair weather for the Fair Food Olympics competition this year.

Almost two dozen 4-Hers of varied ages ran, jumped and crawled through hula hoops Friday in the name of nutritional health.

The annual Food Bowl competition was renamed this year to Food Olympics and focused on the importance of exercise to enhance the food pyramid.

The Roto-tilling Penguins Jr. Fair Board All Stars Version 3.0 versus the Scotty Chickens team -- three-time winners of the competition -- suffered a devastating loss to newcomers the Pink Flamingos.

The team of 12- and 13-year-olds raced past Version 3.0's members, ages 15-18, to garner first place, $6 in Wendy's cash and a free Toft's ice cream.

"We actually didn't think we did that well," said Ian Windau, a 13-year-old member of team Flamingo.

Windau, along with team members Ali James,12, Natalie Colavincenzo, 12, and Shayne Smith, 13, participated in a hula hoop relay, a water bucket contest and a catching contest to win first place.

Laughter and screams built as the crowd watched flip-flop-clad 4-Hers run to a hula hoop to crawl through it before racing on to the finish line.

"Ouch, ouch. Ouch, ouch," screamed one 4-Her as she lost her flip-flops during the first relay.

"I'm aero-dynamic man," screamed another runner with a latex glove stretched over his head.

A second relay required participants to sprint from one bowl to another with a soaked sponge. The goal: to squeeze as much water out of the sponge and into the bowl as possible.

Height seemed to be a disadvantage in the hula hoops, as well as the jump rope competition for Cory Finton, 18, the self-appointed captain of Version 3.0.

The team wasn't disappointed at its loss and was happy to pass along the winning tradition to the Pink Flamingos. After all, the free ice cream may not have been a part of the food pyramid lesson to be learned -- but it was still free.