Adults race tricycles at Queen Anne’s County Fair
CENTREVILLE — The tricycle races offer grownups a chance for a little fun competition at the Queen Anne’s County Fair. This year, they got brand new, “adult-size” tricycles to race, said announcer Tommy Higgs.
Nine teams of four adults each competed in the main show ring at the Queen Anne’s County Fair on Thursday night, Aug. 11. Teams competed in heats, relay fashion, with each team member pedaling three laps around an oval course. The first team to complete all 12 laps was the winner. Once the heats were finished, the first place team in each heat raced in the finals, where each person did two laps.
With last year’s figure-eight course replaced by an oval, most of the action was confined to the turns at either end, where teams employed banging and blocking in the battle for the lead, and the exchange of the tricycle between team members. Pedaling as fast as one could still seemed to be the best technique, but the new tricycles were likely to tip or skid out in the turns if a rider took them too fast. Only one rider toppled over, but she righted the trike quickly and resumed pedaling.
Last year’s winning, all-woman team Stony Knoll Farm Chicks, made up of Melissa Quillen, Kesley Dean, Nicole Jordan and Duan Wright, tried for a repeat. They took an early lead but had a difficult tricycle exchange and came in second in their heat.
This year’s winners was a last-minute team recruited for the final heat. Members of the winning team included Joey Cronshaw, Kyle Plummer, Greg Harris and Mark Blazejak. They each received $25 gift certificates to Doc’s Riverside Grille.
The teams still remaining at the Main Show Ring at the end of the night Thursday gather for a group photo. The winning team is in the foreground, from left, Jay Cronshaw, Kyle Plummer, Greg Harris and Mark Blazejak.
Contestants who took the turns too fast found their tricycles were likely to tip.
Melissa Quillen of the Stony Knoll Farm Chicks team fights to stay in the lead during the first leg of the second heat in the tricycle races Thursday night at the Queen Anne’s County Fair.
Mandy Leager struggles to get her tricycle moving again after wiping out in the first turn.