CK Scooter Festival is ready to roll on Oct. 3

Gavin Hegmans (left) and Lucas Eddington are forward to being host to the second annual CK Scooter Festival, being held at the Chatham Skate Park on Oct. 3. They were showing off some of their moves on Sept. 19. Ellwood Shreve/Postmedia Network

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The CK Scooter Festival is returning for a second year and organizers are prepared to make it a safe event that meets guidelines for COVID-19 restrictions.

The competition – to take place Oct. 3 at the Chatham Skatepark on Grand Avenue West – is open to all age groups. It will be presented by the Chatham Kinsmen Club.

After consulting with Chatham-Kent Public Health, it was decided there would be an area cordoned off to allow no more than 100 participants and spectators in at a time, said Janet Raddatz, one of the parent organizers, along with Jessica and Chris Spafford.

Raddatz said participants will receive a wristband for their level and their spectators can watch from within the area. When that part of the event is complete, participants and spectators must leave the cordoned-off area, she added.

Raddatz said last year’s event, which had 42 competitors, was a success, noting most of the participants were from Chatham-Kent, but others came from Belle River, London and Newmarket.

“They came from all over and they brought their families,” she said. “They were so happy to be here and very impressed with our community.”

She said participants thought it was “so cool” Mayor Darrin Canniff came out for the opening.

The mayor is slated to attend this year’s event as well, she added.

Raddatz’s son, Lucas Eddington, said his friends are excited the CK Scooter Festival is returning.

“They’re really pumped to do it again, since they had a good time last year,” he said.

Eddington, who is 15, is also looking forward to the competition, noting he plans to do a couple of flips and try some tricks he hasn’t nailed yet.

Gavin Hegmans, 15, is also looking forward to taking part in the competition again.

“Last year, it was amazing, it turned out really good,” he said. “A lot people came and there were a lot of prizes.”

Hegmans said he’s hoping to do better in this year’s competition, noting he’s progressed in his skills.

The cost to register in advance is $10 or kids nine and under and $15 for all others. Participants can also register on Oct. 3 for $20. Participants can register through eventbrite and more details are available on the scooter festival’s social media platforms.

Raddatz said Scooters Canada is a sponsor again, so there will be plenty of prizes to be given out.

Helmets are mandatory and participants must sign a waiver.

 

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