If your family isn’t as
crazy fun as ours, let me explain the Woodtick Races to you.
First, you arrive in the middle of nowhere (as Ryan exclaimed loudly when we got out of the car).
Then, you get a clean white sheet and send the
gullible little ones into the woods to collect woodticks.
You may have to bribe them with a quarter per tick, some fun sparkling masks or something of the sort, but they are usually pretty excited to be assigned the important task of collecting the woodticks.
Once you have your ticks, it is required that you pay your $1 entry fee and then name your tick. Ryan and Owen named theirs Speedy.
Then you set your tick in the center of the circle and the timer starts!
Once it hits the outer circle the time is called for that particular tick and another heat is started.
It’s recorded in the official woodtick race book and cross referenced by racer name and woodtick name. There is no messing around with this race; it’s serious business. And sometimes the judge and timekeeper need to have a little chat regarding the completed heat.
Jim was the official time keeper of the woodtick races this year and while it may seem like an easy job, it is not.
One must take this assignment very seriously. As a matter of fact it’s about as
crazy serious as the tick collector job mentioned above.
With approximately 100 ticks raced this year, you cannot just call out the winner. I mean, what fun would that be?! An award ceremony is definitely a must-have for an
insane unique event such as this.
The overall winner takes home this award….
and a portion of the proceeds.
And the second and third place winners receive medals and a smaller portion of the proceeds.
And then the time keeper has to do a shot of moonshine.
Or so he was told anyway. I think that tradition just started this year though.
Every family does this, don’t they?! Or are we the only
crazy fun one?!