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Track and field day set for Saturday
Meet offers good, clean family fun
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Grade school students from across the county are invited to compete Saturday during the Forsyth-Cumming Optimist Club’s track and field day.

The free event, now in its 30th year, is open to all county students in first through fifth grades. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Forsyth Central High School athletic field.

First, second and third place ribbons will be awarded to winners in each event, which include 50- and 100-yard dashes, ball throw, long jump, 220- and 440-yard runs and relay races.

According to its Web site, the Forsyth-Cumming Optimist Club is to “help develop optimism as a philosophy of life in our youth.”

Sandy Orr, president of the local club, said the annual gathering is “what we’re all about, seeing these kids have fun.”

Orr, who’s been involved with the club for 20 years, said past tournaments have drawn more than 500 people.

“We’re hoping for 600 this year,” Orr said. “It all depends on the weather though, that’s something you can never tell.”

Orr said there are plenty of slots left.

“They really get revved up,” Orr said of the children. “To see an older child help a younger child or encouraging that child to run faster or jump farther, it’s a blessing.

“It’s good, clean family fun.”

Registration forms were sent out to all elementary schools in Forsyth County. Parents can also sign up their children on the organization’s Web site or on Saturday morning.

All participants get a free T-shirt, hot dog, soda and ribbon. A Spirit Award trophy will be presented to the school that shows the most enthusiasm.

E-mail Frank Reddy at