A movie of the start of the race
The 2nd annual Sweet Dreams, Stuarts Draft Festival held
July 23rd was a huge success for the community and the residents
of Augusta County. Ken Jacobsen and Kathy McQuain from Augusta
County Parks and Recreation, along with many support staff and
community volunteers, coordinated it all - from vendor set up
and parking, to event timing and announcements. Their efforts
resulted in a day of activities that never paused, rolling smoothly
from one to the next. The support from area businesses was outstanding,
and their contributions assisted immensely to make this a successful
Kathy presided over the official opening of the day at the Stuarts
Draft Park, at the same time as Ken and his assistants were
coordinating the kickoff events over at Schneider Park and McKee.
At Schneider, the 5k road race was immediately followed by a
horseshoe tournament. At the same time, over at McKee, the softball
tournament commenced. These venues kept Ken, his staff, members
of the Stuarts Draft Horseshoe Club, and McKee volunteers busy
all morning and into the afternoon.
As sponsor for both the 5k race and the horseshoe tournament,
it was rewarding to be there, to experience the excitement of
the participants and see the events unfold. Starting the 5k
race, Ken instructed all the runners as to the rules and course
of they would follow. Traffic on the road was a big concern,
so he stressed awareness and safety foremost. As if planned,
to make this point, the start of the race was interrupted by
a few passing vehicles, and the starting lineup had to clear
the road. Once passed, everyone lined back up and were given
the signal to “GO”.
As an amateur photographer, I love to take photos. The start
up of the race left me scrambling to the side of the road when
I realized the runners had advanced much closer than my camera
led me to think. A lesson well learned, and some photos to prove
Ken, usually a soft spoken person, could be heard clearly as
the returning runners passed the finish line, recording their
times. He even entered the race for a brief time encouraging
one of the final runners.
Loaded on this site are all of the pictures taken during the
two events. Some good and some bad, they are split into two
links, one for the 5k race and one for the horseshoe pitching.
If you would like the full image of any particular shot, just
follow the instructions on the photo pages and send me a note.
I had a blast and look forward to seeing you all again next
year! Sweet Dreams!
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