Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Football Weekend Ahead

National Guard Warrior Bowl held at Rocket Stadium

Crittenden County is hosting the first ever Kentucky National Guard Warrior Bowl Friday and Saturday at Rocket Stadium.

The two-day event will feature two high school football games and much more. There will be a 5K run, All Pro Dads’ Breakfast, bag toss (corn hole) tournament, youth flag football tournament, an academic bowl, a punt, pass and kick competition and a great deal more.

The featured events are high school football games with Herrin, Ill., facing Glasgow at 7 p.m., Friday and Massac County, Ill., playing Crittenden County at 7 p.m., on Saturday.

Bag toss boards featuring each school's mascot and colors will be sold by silent auction and the Kentucky National Guard will have its inflatable obstacle course and rock wall set up Friday night and all day Saturday. Concessions will be available and there will be a dunking booth with some local dignitaries riding the board.

The 5K race and 1 mile fun run starts at 8 a.m., at the Kentucky National Guard Armory. Registration day of race is $20. A discount is available to register in advance. Call 965-5249 to enter.

Flag football teams for grades K-2 will play Saturday morning in a tournament sponsored by Farmers Bank and Trust Co., of Marion. Winners will be recognized during Saturday’s game.
The punt, pass and kick competition, also sponsored by Farmers Bank, begins at 2 p.m., with divisions for grades K-8 and an open division for teens or adults. Winners receive prizes and game-time recognition.

The Kentucky National Guard Patriot Chopper will be on display. The chopper was built especially for the Guard by Orange County Choppers of cable television fame. Have your photo made with the chopper for free. Kids will love the rock wall and obstacle course.

Gates open at 8 a.m., on Saturday morning with activities all day long starting with a free All Pro Dads' Breakfast. Come bring your child and enjoy fellowship and a short program that will help dads learn how to connect better with kids.

Gate prices are $4 and $8. It's $4 for daytime events and $8 for the game each night. If you pay during Saturday's pregame events, you only pay $4 more to get in at the game.

For general information regarding this event, call 704-0435.

The Peoples Bank Academic Bowl at 1 p.m., at the school will feature academic matches between high school teams and a local celebrity face off.

The Academic Bowl is looking for teams of bankers, business professionals, elected officials and teachers to participate. People who like Jeopardy!, Trivial Pursuit and those who get excited about increasing their knowledge, are ideal participants in the Academic Bowl, sponsored by The Peoples Bank. Call 704-1446 for more information.

Veterans and active duty soldiers from all branches of the military are encouraged to participate in the Kentucky National Guard Warrior Bowl Recognition Ceremony Friday night.

Veterans of all ages and active duty military personnel will be recognized during a halftime ceremony. To participate, simply attend the Friday game and listen to directions that will be provided by the public address announcer.