July 7, 2011

Off Beat: Skip it if you dare

A Boothbay Harbor contest that started among family now draws a throng of arch-rivals and spectators.

By Shannon Bryan sbryan@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

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A skipper lets fly in last year's competition.

Courtesy photo


WHEN: 1 p.m. Saturday; same-day registration at noon

WHERE: The shore next to the Boothbay Harbor footbridge

HOW MUCH: $5 suggested donation for adults; $1 for children; all donations go to the Boothbay Region Food Pantry

INFO: www.ornescandystore.com; 633-2695

The location for the rock-skipping contest has flat water but "no good rocks," according to Webster. Organizers will have some on hand, just in case.

"The type of rock is important," said Webster. "It should be a flat rock, maybe sort of rounded at the edges -- not anything square -- that you can hold in your hand comfortably."

Skippers should also practice their stance and their angling.

"Those of us in the family like to be in the water," Webster said. "I like to be in the water up to my ankles."

And while the competition is free to enter, organizers ask for a small donation from each entrant ($5 for adults, $1 for kids).

All the money goes directly to the Boothbay Region Food Pantry.

"We've ended up raising $300 to $500 a year with this event," said Webster. "People are very generous when they know what the event is for."

In addition to the winning title, the rock-skipping champions in each category also get rocky road fudge (a valuable prize -- Orne's is known for its fudge) and a trophy handcrafted by Arthur Webster using found items from the town dump.

But prestige goes to the rocks, too. The skipping stone is sort of the cream of the rock crop, after all, hand-picked for its ability to bound across the water's surface like an Olympic hurdler.

It's the stone skipper's duty to make that temporary triumph last as long as possible.

Staff Writer Shannon Bryan can be contacted at 791-6333 or at:



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