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Tug of war event to benefit Morgan Co. Boys & Girls Club

August 29, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Nine teams have signed up so far to participate in the first His & Hers Tug of War at the Cacapon State Park beach.

Sunday's event will benefit the Morgan County Boys & Girls Club and start at noon.

Debbie Guinta is the event organizer and mother of a Boys & Girls Club member.

Teams must have at least one woman on each team and must have at least a combined weight of 1,500 pounds. The cost is $150 per team to benefit the club. Guinta said sponsors are needed.

First-, second- and third-place awards will be given, Guinta said.

Teams may sign up the day of the event. If team organizers need teammates, Guinta said she will make some available.

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Concession stands will sell hot dogs, nachos, shaved ice, soda, water, chips and candy, as well as Tug of War T-shirts, she said.

The benefit is in conjunction with the annual Cacapon State Park homecoming, Guinta said.

Kelly Smith, naturalist at Cacapon State Park, said the homecoming event is in its 10th year. It will feature live music at the gazebo in the picnic area, and free boating and swimming, she said.

"This is for the love of the children," Guinta said. "We need to keep them safe by providing good after-school and summer programs."

Guinta said the Morgan County Boys & Girls Club summer program gave children an opportunity to visit the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., this year.

"They had karate lessons once a week, and rocketry and astronomy lessons, too," she said.

Guinta said club members went swimming three times a week at Cacapon and at Berkeley Springs State Park as part of the summer program.

To sign up or for more information, call 304-258-4770.

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