Tighten up your pull strings and doff your shirts for the Kelly Lake “Blue Herry Cup Challenge”; you’re gonna get wet and exhausted! What’s a ‘Blue Herry’? When Jeff Levar—one of the creators—was little, he couldn’t pronounce “blue heron”, ergo blue herry was selected as the name and it stuck. His sisters and their husbands, Juli and Robin Pickering, and Laurie and “Big Jeff” Menden, along with neighbors Lynn and Paul Green with the cooperation and help from Lynn’s mother, Dianne Matushka, started the competition 11 years ago. Jeff’s dad, Greg Levar, Paul Green, Jake Komossa and I are the impartial judges; Shirley is Cup’s photographer.
The ‘Cup’ is by invitation and is held at Levars and Matushka’s adjoining cottage/home on the west shore. There’s usually four teams.
Here’s a couple videos too funny to shake a bat at!
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(Photos by Shirley Birr; click on pics to enlarge)
Juli (Levar) Pickering announcing the five challenges in the event and final “playoff”..
Christin Kommassa last years winner and MVP lights the torch.
Fly-by as National Anthem is played and Biner shoots off fireworks!
Four judges: Paul, me, Greg and Jake.
The first event (I’ll try to be brief): Riders in tubes, all attached to the boat, are blindfolded. Questions are asked which had a number for an answer. For example; “What is absolute zero?” Teammate writes number on pad and secretly shows judges. Member furthest off looses, and is going to be yanked away by the boat. The loosing rider unknowingly is left connected to the boat, but the others are hand-towed for a little ways to give them the feeling they might have lost! The engine roars as the looser takes off, while those remaining cheer!
Young potential competitors take notes!
“HEY! Someone check those diapers! GHISH!”
Second competition, “The bucket brigade”. Tossers are blindfolded and must throw the water to the catchers who fill the 5-gallon buckets to win.
Blindfolded Juli misses her mark, tossing the water to an opponent; don’t have to tell you everyone was screaming to her!
Competition three; slinging water balloons over trees to the backyard where a catcher with a 5-gallon bucket tries to complete the play; each team goes separately.
Competition four: Slippery slide along picking up as many flags as the team could get.
A novel approach! Hey, I thought we were missing a flag!
“Verdy interesting, but verdy strange!” Dianne Matuska and daughter Lynn Green look on from the shadows!
Fifth competition: Spin ten times around the bat, run to finish line where you grab your partner “wheelbarrow-style” and race back to finish. Grab bean backs and toss in hole, gaining more points.
Last competition—Playoff: Four teams are made into two; red and blue with eight on each team Build a bridge from start to finish using just two two-by-fours and three 5-gallon buckets! Teammates in sequence move boards and pails, stepping along without falling; if you fall, you start over.
A CLOSE FINISH! Jeff and Josh (far lane), just beat Robin and Tracy! Robin and Tracy fell right at the start, but rebounded to make it one-heck-of-a finish!
Shirley and I had a ball again this year. We can sit back and enjoy the hard-fought competition with determined competitors! Every year has been something knew that Jeff and the creators dream up; they must have way too much time on their hands! But, it’s a blast! Rog and Shirley