Competition captures spirit of Fun Fest

By on September 10, 2009

Toilet bowl race draws crowd at well-attended festival
by Martha Quetsch
MAPLE PARK—Maple Park Fun Fest is aptly named, as its events are all about having fun—and for one, a sense of humor.

That was the toilet bowl race on Saturday, a crowd pleaser.

“It had a really good turnout this year,” Fun Fest committee member Beth Miller said. “Both sides of the street were lined with people. We had to yell for them to watch out.”

Miller was one of several competitors. She and friends and family raced their toilet bowl, the Mother Lode and its Pot of Gold. Miller was in the driver’s seat of the Irish-themed vehicle adorned in shamrocks and surrounded by winged fairies including her daughter, Brenna.

Zooming around obstacles set up on the Main Street course, the Mother Lode made good time, but the winner of the race was The Superheroes in Training team. Miller’s team did receive the Best in Show, however.

Although the race was the most well-attended event at Fun Fest, other activities attracted a lot of interest, too, from the Slo Pitch men’s softball tournament to the wagon rides and American Legion Breakfast.

Miller was pleased about the turnout at the festival, overall.

“It was nice,” she said.

Photo: Mother Lode and its Pot of Gold toilet bowl driver Beth Miller (top) and her daughter Brenna give it their all in Saturday’s Toilet Bowl Challenge. An on-looker enjoys the view of the race at curb level. Photo by Martha Quetsch
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