Back for the third year, the unique event known as the Barnyard Olympics took over the center ring on July 19, the final night of the 2014 Adams County Fair. The Barnyard Olympics is a competition between 40 student athletes from the four county high schools, all centered around the “barnyard” theme.
The youngsters compete in six events as a team, with each event being worth 10 points for first place, 8 points for second place, 6 points for third place, and 4 points for fourth place. At the end of the competition, which was played out in a steady mist of rain, the team with the highest point total wins and for this year the crown went to Manchester High School.
The four squads competed first in a Scavenger Hunt, going into the grandstand to retrieve items fair and school-related. Next came the Straw High Bar toss, kind of a high jump with hay bales, as three members of each team had to toss a hay bale over a bar without displacing the bar. Manchester’s Arturo Hernandez was the last competitor standing in the event, winning it for the Greyhounds.
The next event was called the Alumni Race where each team had to grab an alumni of their school out of the crowd to dress in farm gear and then ride a stick horse around the track. Again, it was Manchester taking the top spot and getting 10 points.
The teams then moved on to a more familiar game of Cornhole but with a difficult twist. No bean bags were used in this event, but instead ears of corn had to be thrown into the holes on the Cornhole boards, which is not as easy as it might sound. Next came the Relay Race where the teams had to gather up items in their school colors that were scattered across the ring, then finish up by chugging down a large quantity of milk.
The final event of the night was deemed the “Watermelon Relay” where teams grabbed a greasy watermelon and passed it along a course to the finish line. Remarkably, no one dropped and busted a watermelon throughout the entire relay.
As a damp group of athletes finished up the final event, the scores were tallied and the $1,000 first prize went to Manchester High School. Second place and earning $500 was North Adams, third and $250 went to Peebles, while the fourth place prize of $125 went to West Union. All of the prize money goes to the respective school’s athletic department as all of the young people who were involved in the Olympics are participants in one or more high school sports.
The winning team from Manchester, coached by Shawn Palmer, consisted of: Nick Hoskins, Keisha Palmer, McKayla Smith, Kayla Wagoner, Summer Wilbur, Morgan Johnson, Chase Darnell, Rickey DeAtley, Arturo Hernandez, and Leevi Francis.
The second place North Adams squad, headed by Tony Williams was made up of: Noah Anderson, Rylee Copas, Karly Boerger, Caitlin Young, Lexie Bunn, Noah Bunn, Lee Hesler, Nathan Davis, Shy Burns, and Zack Reid.
Third Place Peebles, coached by Josh Arey had a team consisting of: Beau Justice, Cody Ireton, Story Kremin, Scout Kremin, Darien Logan, Josey Scott, Lane Hanson, Sierra Stone, Jessica Shelton, and Anthony Fisher.
The fourth place West Union team was coached by Ted Pennington and made up of: Taylor Martin, Brooklyn Tolle, Tim Snider, Mikayla Akers, Kennedy Jones, Trenton Price, Jakeb Tadlock, Andrew Weeks, Craig Horton, and Kelsey Young.