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Pond-skimming contest part of Springfest

March 08, 2007|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

MERCERSBURG, Pa. -Sure, Katrina Gayman has seen stunts as marketing director for Whitetail Resort, but one sticks in her memory: seeing a guy in a Superman costume zip down a snowy hill on skis in an attempt to skim across 30 feet of water in the winter.

At noon Sunday that won't even be an unusual sight for anyone watching Whitetail's pond-skimming contest. Skiers, snowboarders and tubers - in costume - hope to shoot down a hill and zip across the pond without falling in.

The last dry person standing is the winner, though prizes also will go to the best costume and the best crash.

"Most people don't make it across," Gayman said.

Prizes aren't the only incentive for this year's batch of pond skimmers to clear the pond. The man-made pond lies in a bed of snow at the foot of a snowy hill. As of Wednesday morning, forecasts predicted a high of 50 degrees Sunday, and organizers won't bother warming up the water.


As such, Gayman said she's mystified by the number of entrants who enter the contest wearing only swim trunks or a bikini.

The annual contest is part of Whitetail's two-day Springfest Weekend, a series of themed events starting on Saturday. Springfest events will include mountain-bike racing, food and other activities under a theme of "around the world," Gayman said.

To compete in the pond skimming, hopefuls must supply their own equipment, register between 8 and 11 a.m. and pay a $5 registration fee.

If you go ...

WHAT: Pond-skimming contest

WHERE: Whitetail Resort, 13805 Blairs Valley Road, south of Mercersburg, Pa.

WHEN: Noon Sunday, March 11. Registration is from 8 to 11 a.m. in Marketplace.

COST: $5 entry fee. Free to watch.

MORE: Call 717-328-9400 for more information.

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