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After a year’s absence, Peebles returns to capture Barnyard Olympics title

The team representing Peebles High School took home the $1,000 first prize in the 2016 Barnyard Olympics.
The team representing Peebles High School took home the $1,000 first prize in the 2016 Barnyard Olympics.

Indians collect $1,000 first prize –

Story and photos by Mark Carpenter –

Who needs Rio? The Adams County Fair has the Barnyard Olympics and for the fifth consecutive year, the center ring on the final night of the fair was invaded by student-athletes from the four county high schools, competing in a variety of “barn” themed competitions to attempt to take home a $1,000 prize for their school’s athletic department.
North Adams High School had dominated the event up until Saturday night, winning three of the first four “Olympics”, but after a one-year absence from the competition, it was Peebles High School rising up to take the 2016 title and the big cash prize.

Finishing second in the Barnyard Olympics and taking home a $500 prize was Manchester High School
Finishing second in the Barnyard Olympics and taking home a $500 prize was Manchester High School.

Finishing second in the Barnyard Olympics and taking home a $500 prize was Manchester High School.

The competition began with a very spirited “High Straw Bale Toss”, with the boys side turning into a battle between Manchester’s Brennen Boyd and West Union’s Andrew Weeks. In the end, Weeks would prevail, though both warriors were a bit exhausted from continually tossing the bale of hay over the bar. On the girls side, Manchester’s Gracie Grooms outlasted North Adams’ Madee Shipley to give the Greyhounds the points.
Next came the very difficult “Feed Scoop Toss”, where teams had to throw three feed scoops into a five-gallon bucket from a distance away. After a long and drawn out competition, it was West Union coming out on top, followed by Peebles, Manchester, and North Adams.

Third Place in the Barnyard Olympics and a $250 prize went to West Union High School.
Third Place in the Barnyard Olympics and a $250 prize went to West Union High School.

The third event of the evening was a new one to the competition, “Corn Golfing”, where teams had to use a tobacco stick to “golf” a corn cob into the hole, which just happened to be a toilet seat on the ground. For the girls it was Peebles coming out on top with West Union second and on the boys side, first in the hole was also Peebles, with Manchester a very close second.

Following the golf event came the “Milk Chug”, where teams, in any combination, had to chug down a quart of milk. Again, it was Peebles winning the event with North Adams coming in second.
The final event of the night and one that would eventually decide the winner was the “Wheelbarrow Relay”, which involved a variety of players changing into farm clothes, pushing a wheel barrow holding a bucket of water, and finally pushing a tractor tire across the finish line. After all of that, North Adams wont he event, followed by Peebles, Manchester, and West Union. The second place finish on the final event gave Peebles just enough points to slip by Manchester and West Union to claim the top prize.Second place Manchester took home $500, third place West Union $250, and fourth place North Adams $125.

North Adams High School placed fourth in the Barnyard Olympics and collected a $125 prize.
North Adams High School placed fourth in the Barnyard Olympics and collected a $125 prize.

Participants in the Barnyard Olympics were:
Peebles: Sarah McFarland, Matti Nichols, Josie Myers, Aubrey McFarland, Tanner Arey, Brittany Lloyd, Logan Gordley, Ethan Parrett, Bostin Robinson, Camron Gordley, and Coach Josh Arey.
Manchester: Trent Dryden, Brennen Boyd, Ethan Pennywitt, Chase Darnell, Nick Huron, McKenzie Smith, Gracie Grooms, Miranda Schiltz, Darrington White, Jamie Combs, and Coach Jeremy Peters.
West Union: Craig Horton, Andrew Weeks, Andre Wolke, Bowen Tomlin, J.J. Kramer, Alex Clark, Mackenzie Bickett, Shannon Runyan, Kendall Gallowitz, Jaycee Baldwin, and Coach J.R. Kirker.
North Adams: Lee Hesler, Collin Hesler, Madee Shipley, Caitlin Young, Lexie Bunn, Taylor Hesler, Ben Figgins, Maddie Toole, Justin Knechtly, Tray Brand, and Coaches Shannon Staggs and Eric Toole.
The Barnyard Olympics were generously sponsored by RM Armstrong Crop Insurance, Kelly McFarland Trucking, Anita’s Hair Designs, Dr. and Mrs. Tyler Cantrell, West Mowing and Snow Removal, ABC Goats, Hesler Catering, Smart Farms, Carpet Outlet, Cornerstone Remodeling, Green Beanery and Greene Chiropractic, O.K. Auto Parts, Larry McFarland Towing, and McDonald’s.

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