Athletic contests have a long-standing tradition in the Mountain State Forest Festival, and the 76th annual event was no exception.
Multiple sports competitions were on tap this weekend, from the Bass Fishing Classic early Saturday to the Horseshoe Doubles Tournament Sunday afternoon. Other events included the Horseshoe Singles Tournament, Strong Man Contest and 10K Run/Walk.
Hundreds turned out either as participants or spectators, with Mother Nature providing optimum fall weather conditions.
The Inter-Mountain photo by Anthony Gaynor
John Mouser puts his strength to the test during the Strong Man Contest at the 76th Mountain State Forest Festival. Thirteen men and women competed in the event at Wimer Field on Saturday. Mouser came in fourth in the heavyweight division.
Not all event results were available from festival officials in time for today's edition. What was available follows, and the remainder will be published throughout the week as they are provided.
STRONG MAN CONTEST
Thirteen men and women put their strength to the test Saturday at Wimer Field to find out who is the "Strongest in the Forest."
The competitors fought their way through five events, including the truck pull and the overhead press, to win their respective honors.
The women's division featured four competitors, with Megan Ayers placing first, Tina Griffith, second; Rachel Viglianco, third; and Terina Miller, fourth.
In the lightweight men's division, Tyler Cosner took first and Randy King came in second.
In the heavyweight division, Matt Holbert took first, Kevin Thompshon finished second, AJ Freda place third, John Mouser came in fourth, Justin Marlow took fifth and Jim Basnett finished sixth. Chris Murray was disqualified.
It was a bright, sunny day Sunday, as runners of all ages gathered for the Mountain State Forest Festival 10K run/walk.
The adult division kicked off at 12:30 p.m., with the Kids Run stepping off at 12:45. Top winners were announced in the adult age division, and additional results will be released later in the week.
The first male contestant across the finish line, Derek Bolyard, said he almost didn't enter the race.
"I ran in the 'Run For It' race Saturday in Davis and won," Bolyard said. "I had a pain and decided not to run in the festival race, but coach Will Shaw and Sam Severino gave me some good advice. I changed my mind, ran the festival race and won."
Bolyard said he loved the Mountain State Forest Festival and Sunday provided beautiful weather in which to run.
West Virginia Wesleyan College graduate student Krystie Bailey was the first female competitor to cross the line in the 10K run. She said she liked the course.
"This is a good rolling course with inclines followed by declines," Bailey said. "This is the first time I have run this race. It was beautiful."
HORSESHOE DOUBLES TOURNAMENT
Clear weather and a cool breeze complemented the sound of flying steel shoes that were thrown in Elkins City Park Sunday afternoon.
In a round-robin style tournament, the doubles horseshoe teams competed in eight rounds of the classic game.
"I've been the tournament director for five years," said Alan Yeager, when asked about his involvement with the competition.
Yeager was both the director and participant in Sunday's matches.
During the eight rounds, each two-person team played against every other team in the park.
Matches were played to 40 points, with a ringer being awarded three points and all other scoring throws worth one point.
The team with the most points at the end of the tournament was named the winner.
Two classes - A and B - were presented. However, 16 players weren't enough to completely fill both brackets.
"We don't have enough people to fill A Class," Yeager said. "A and B Class are pitching each other."
Class A winners were: Alan Yeager and Floyd Riggleman first; Jerry Nelson and James Hartman, second; and Chuck Varney and Charles Lipscomb, third.
Class B winners were: Tim Arbogast and Jackie Allendar, first; Harold Vandavender and John Coberly, second; and Adam Nelson and Stacy Hudson, third.