Skateboarders and bikers from all over town are preparing for the 7th annual Golden Stompdown at the Golden Freeride Park.
The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 14 with registration starting at noon and the competition beginning at 2 p.m. The Town of Golden has provided organizer Jessie Oatway with $350 in funding for the event this year and many prizes have been donated from local stores, including T-shirts from Off the Wall that will be sold with proceeds going towards next year’s event. Live music will be provided by DJ Wakcutt and food donations were made by Overwaitea.
Oatway won the competition in its first year and has seen the event grow since then.
“It was pretty awkward the first few years trying to get prize donations…now they just know as soon as I come in,” said Oatway.
In recent years the Stompdown has drawn in about 40 competitors with a couple hundred spectators there to cheer on the participants. Boarders and bikers will compete against competitors of similar skill levels and all ages and abilities are welcome.
“If the scooter kids come, I’m more than willing to open up a category for them too,” said Oatway.
While Oatway doesn’t compete anymore, he has enjoyed seeing how good some of the local kids have gotten over the years.
“It’s good to see these kids. They are getting so good it’s mental,” said Oatway.
This year, Oatway predicts a showdown between Ben Homer, the two time defending champion, and former winner Byron Mott, who is making the trip back to Golden from his home in Red Deer. Despite the fact that it is a competition, Oatway says the event is mostly just for fun, and he has let young kids with training wheels on their bikes compete in the past.
“This is more of a free ride event, no one really cares who wins or loses, they just want to be in it with their friends.”
For more information, contact Oatway at 250-272-0146.