‘Horsin’ around’ at Reamstown Days

By on August 31, 2011

By: MICHELLE REIFF Review Staff mreiff.eph@lnpnews.com, Staff Writer

This year’s Reamstown Days celebration, set for Sept. 9 and 10 in Reamstown Memorial Park, will feature a new breed of fun: six surprise "horses" in a race against each other. Guests are invited to come out and see who the actual "horses" are and cheer their favorites on to victory.

James Brossman, Reamstown Days committee member, is recruiting six community figures — perhaps a fireman, a policeman, mayor, maybe a school principal –to dress up in funny or interesting costumes relating to their jobs. Large dice will be constructed and lines painted in the grass for racing lanes, and when the dice are rolled, the "horses" (the community figures) will take the appropriate amount of steps.

The committee printed up approximately 200 tickets for the race, and the cost to bet on a horse will be $2. If there is more than one winner, a drawing will be held to determine who gets the prize, which may be items other than cash. Tickets will not be sold in advance; guests may buy them that day.

Brossman’s goal was to find a funny way to get well-known people in the community in the spotlight outside of work.

"This is my idea and I’ve seen it only a couple of times," said Brossman. "Part of the fun," he added, "is that next year someone might say, ‘I wish I could have been the horse.’"

The race will begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 10, by the creek, behind and to the right of the stage.

The horse race isn’t the only thing new this year. Another event will be introduced to the Reamstown Days festivities for the first time much earlier that day around 8 a.m.

Three quoits pits were dug in preparation for the Reamstown 250 celebration last year. Since then they have been used twice for tournaments. Brossman has prepared the pits with fresh clay and pins and is gearing up for a quoits tournament to be held in conjunction with the event.

The event will run from approximately 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, with registration taking place at 8 a.m.

"We’re going to try to limit it to 24 two-man teams," said Brossman, who has posted a registration form on the website and also anticipates some veteran players. "If you wait until the tournament date you may not get in."

The entry fee is $40 per team. Cash prizes will include: $300 for the first place team; $200, second; and $100, third. Trophies for the winners and a DJ will round out the festivities.

For more information on the quoits tournament or the horse race, call Brossman at 951-8162.

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