Poultry Days to offer new event

VERSAILLES — The Versailles Fire Department, Station 19, will offer a free Bucket Brigade Competition at the Poultry Days Festival on Sunday, June 16, at 2 p.m.

The event, which is new to the festival this year, will be a single elimination tournament with no entry fee. Outside beverages will not be permitted.

Teams must consist of six people, each at least 18 years old. Coed teams are permitted.

Poultry Days will also offer, for the 38th year, the Versailles Poultry Days Ultimate Classic.

The event is considered one of the oldest and top tournaments in the nation. A record number of 75 teams will be competing from all over the USA and Canada.

The tournament is organized by Rodger Oakes and Oshadega. Oshadega is a Columbus-based non-profit with a mission of supporting players and promoting and growing the sport. This includes conducting several tournaments throughout Ohio, including the Poultry Days Ultimate Tournament.

The Poultry Days tournament involves 28 fields spread over Heritage Park, Pheasant Ridge, and one on the festival grounds.

Ultimate Frisbee is a non-contact team sport played with a 175-gram flying ultimate disc. The object of the sport is to score points by passing the ultimate frisbee disc to a player in the opposing end zone, similar to an end zone in American football or rugby.

Ultimate requires both athleticism and endurance. Ultimate is a fast-growing sport and commonly played on university campuses and parks worldwide.

Basic ultimate frisbee rules involve two teams. One team pulls the disc to the other as in a kick-off scenario. Once the receiving team gains possession of ultimate frisbee disc, then the ultimate frisbee players pass the disc to their teammates to advance up the ultimate field toward the end zone.

The opposing ultimate team attempts to thwart the offense by intercepting the disc or, more commonly, knocking the ultimate disc to the ground during a pass. Once the ultimate frisbee disc hits the ground, the possession changes.

There are several changes to Versailles Ultimate this year. The teams will increase from 70 to a record 75, with additional matches being held on the festival grounds. Also, the ultimate players will conduct a free youth clinic, Friday, June 14.

Versailles will host a match between the Indianapolis Red and Columbus Pride professional ultimate teams.

These teams are part of the professional women’s Premier Ultimate League. The league has eight teams located throughout the United States, including New York, Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina.

The professional match will take place at 7 p.m., Friday, June 14, on the grounds of the Poultry Days festival.

A full schedule of contests and activities can be located at www.versaillespoultrydays.com.