Perry Booster’s silly games raise food, funds for schools, pantry

Bearing away the winners' olive wreaths in Saturday's Perry Booster Club silly games competition were the team of Lindsay and Brodie Brelsford, Cherie and Shaun Welch and Stacey Walton and Tim Walton. Photo courtesy Perry Booster Club

Braving Saturday’s 90 degree temperatures, the hearty members of the Perry Booster Club set aside their pride and competed in a silly games contest in Pattee Park.

The event was a success, with some 60 non-perishable food items donated for the Perry Food Pantry and about $3,000 raised for Booster Club activities in the Perry schools. About 40 silly-game competitors took to the field, with many supporters at hand to cheer — and laugh — them on.

“It was an amazing day,” said Booster Misty Bennett Conrad, who organized the games. “We are definitely doing it again next year. And thank you for all your donations for the food pantry.”

Traditional games included gunny sack races and wheel barrow races. Newer events involved three-person coordination in an endless loop and on wooden slats. One contest appeared to bring the females out of their comfort zones by challenging them to move an object on the ground by means of swinging a pendulous object. A closer description would risk violating the modesty standards of

“We played 14 different games, and Cherie Welch’s team won,” Bennett Conrad said. “Next year we hope to grow it even bigger.”

Nutrition for the competitors and their fans was provided by Tyson Fresh Meats, Hy-Vee and the Des Moines Bacon Co. All the food was donated and served by school girls in the shelter house.

Bennett Conrad had special thanks for a number of supporters, including Laura Galivan Holst, Tracy Bennett Gasche, Tracy Thielen Conrad, Denise Conrad, Harlow Conrad, Kathy Sutton, Brian Moorhead, Angie Mabley and Cindy Denton Smalley.

“Thank you to everyone who volunteered and played today!” she said.


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