LUDLOW, Vt. – Summer-like weather prevailed for the 127 competitors who registered for Okemo Mountain Resort’s annual wacky celebration of spring. On Saturday, April 3, a crowd of spectators gathered at Okemo’s Jackson Gore base area for the Slush Cup Pond Skimming Competition and The Killarney Splash for Cash.
In Okemo’s 13th annual pond skimming Slush Cup, winners were named in three age categories and special awards were presented for the best costume, best crash and best crowd pleaser. Only three contestants made it to the far side of the pond: Rob Sedig, 46, of Wantagh, N.Y.; Scott McKearney, 38, of Thomaston, Conn.; David VanHoesen, 46, of Greenwich, Conn.
“Making it to across the slush pond doesn’t necessarily make you a winner in this competition,” said Okemo Events Manager Liam Fracht-Monroe. “The judges award a lot of points for style and gusto.”
In the 7 to 12 division, first place went to Jared Colletti, 10, of Kintersville, Pa. Second place was awarded to Gannon Walsh, 12, of East Thetford, Vt., and third place went to Conor Murdoch, 10, of Dublin, Ireland. In the 13 to 18 division, top honors went to Jill Murray, 14, of Trumbull, Conn. Second place went to Jack Fitzpatrick, 14, of Brownsville, Vt., and Hunter Benharris, 16, of Wrentham, Mass., took third. In the 19 and older division, Andrew Baker, 18, of New Fairfield, Conn., was the winner. Second place went to Pat Ahern, 21, of Brighton, Mass., and third place went to Chris Collett, 25, of North Branford, Conn. Best Costume went to Dennis O’Leary’s “slush rocket,” complete with trailing orange smoke. Gregory H. Ferraro, of Armonk, N.Y. had the day’s best crash with a faceplant that he followed with some stylish breast strokes. Eight-year-old Siofra Murdoch, of Dublin, Ireland, won the hearts of the crowd with her smile and her personality (not to mention her adorable Super Woman costume). She won an entire case of fun-sized Snickers, Milky Way and Three Musketeers bars.
In the second annual Killarney Splash for Cash competition, participants launched off a kicker and landed in the slush pond. Winners were named in two age categories. In the under 16 division, Sam Pawlak (aka Dr. Disaster), 14, of Windham, Vt., won $350 for his maneuver prior to making a big splash. Lyle Murphy (aka Vile Lyle), of Ludlow, Vt., went for style points with a detached cannonball, and went home with $140 in the 16 and over division.
Okemo will continue to offer great spring skiing and riding through April 11. For more information, visit Okemo.com or call (802) 228-1600.