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Piper to headline local wrestling fundraiser

May 23, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. - The mountaintop is set to get "rowdy" on Saturday, June 3, with the visit of a member of WWE's Hall of Fame to benefit Antietam Humane Society.

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper, brought to the region by Summit Wrestling Association, will take to the ring around 8 p.m. following an autograph session. He will be joined by Nikolai Volkoff, The Patriot, Salvatore Sincere, Doink the Clown, Gillberg and others for a total of 10 matches at Blue Ridge Summit Fire Hall.

"This has become quite the big adventure," said Mike Pryor of Summit Wrestling Association. "We're going to seat 350 to 400, and we've only got 80 seats left."

Pryor met Piper at an event several years ago.

"We became friends and have been communicating ever since. His presence when he hits the arena is like magic to the crowd," he said.

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Tickets for reserved seats at the main event cost $30, and an additional $20 provides access to a meet-and-greet at 5:30 p.m. There, Piper will provide an 8-by-10 photograph of himself, take a picture with the guest and autograph an item of the guest's choice, Pryor said.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet cats and dogs that the proceeds will benefit, he said.

Also on tap for the festivities are a breakfast of pancakes and sausage served by the wrestlers at 9:30 a.m. in Mountain Shadows Restaurant, crafts, a yard sale and pit beef sandwiches.

Local wrestlers scheduled to appear are Jackpot, Nicholas Tide, Shane Shadows and the Brokeback Mountain Cowboys.

The Summit Wrestling Association has operated for 2 1/2 years under its current name. It hosts shows the first week of every month through owners Mike Hay, James Smith and Chucky Wynn.

For more information about Roddy Piper Day, call Pryor at 717-794-2705.

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