2008-08-07 / Front Page

SkateFest 2008 is tomorrow at the Jamestown Skate Park

By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas

The Jamestown Skate Park will take center stage tomorrow, Aug. 8, at the second annual SkateFest. After last year's successful event, organizers are excited about making this year even bigger and better.

According to one of the event organizers, Robb Roach, the major difference this year is the offi cial skate contest, which will include cash prizes. The contest will include three age divisions and there will also be awards for the best trick. The entry fee for the contest is $15 and all contestants under 18 must have a parent sign for them. All participants are required to wear a helmet.

SkateFest 2008 will be strictly skateboarding and will not include BMX. Roach said they expect to exceed the 275 attendees they had last year.

Recreation Director Bill Piva sees the day as an opportunity for the community to come together and portray the skate park in a positive light. "We also will use the SkateFest to get the message out that they have to treat the skate park well. It is their place and there are certain responsibilities they have to keep it up and running."

Robb Roach will be the emcee again this year. "He did a great job for us last year. He has a great repore with the kids and we're looking forward to having him again this year," Piva said.

In addition to the contest there will be a DJ, live music from Sidewinder and RBV, food from Freddy Bing's Hot Dog Thing, amateur skate teams from local shops and skate demos by pros. Pro skateboarder Donny Barley will be making his second appearance at SkateFest and will be one of the judges of the event. The other two judges are Roach and islander Jason Hamel.

The event is sponsored by Capture, Volcom, Hurley, Kingston Pizza, Kettlebottom Outfitters, the Jamestown Press, Del's, Hamel Graphics, Fountain of Youth Skate shop, Smith Optics and Scion of Newport.

Roach said that sponsors donate a lot of product for the event. "I always think the best part is throwing out gear to the kids and stickers and whatever we can get our hands on," he said.

Skip Winter from Link Marketing, who spoke on behalf of Scion, said they are leading the charge into the action sports arena and have attended multiple skateboarding events. As a new sponsor, Scion of Newport will be at SkateFest with multiple vehicles, one of which will have a gaming system with video games available for attendees to play.

The SkateFest will be a jam format and will run from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is $8 and all proceeds will benefit the Jamestown Teen Center. For more information, call 423-7261 or email Jamestownteens@yahoo.com

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