For the last four years, The Skate Shed has hosted an annual Chili Cook-Off and Skateboard contest. This year’s event, scheduled for Saturday, is a family-friendly environment where you can come and watch some amazing skateboarding, eat some tasty chili, check out the vendor booths that offer everything from simple stickers to designing, shaping, and cutting out your very own custom skateboard deck.
Several events like this throughout the year bring the whole family out to enjoy the sport together. The chili chefs enter a crock pot of chili to be judged by a panel of judges on three criteria: taste, aroma and table décor. The chefs can also win a People’s Choice Award by giving out the most cups of chili.
There is no entry fee for the chili cook-off. The winners of the cook-off will win a small prize and get bragging rights when their name is engraved on the chili pot trophy that is on display all year at The Skate Shed.
Deadline entering a pot of chili has already passed, but skaters can sign up to enter the competition right up to start time. The skateboard contest is broken into two events.
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The first is the highest ollie competition. An ollie is a jump on a skateboard. The event is like a reverse limbo contest. Contestants ollie over a bar that is raised in increments as they successfully jump over it. The record for the highest ollie in Columbus so far is 33 inches.
The record was set in 2008, but no one has been able to successfully topped the mark. The other skate contest is a game of S.K.A.T.E. This is similar to H.O.R.S.E. in basketball. The first skater to successfully land a trick “sets” that trick. Other skaters must then successfully land that trick. If they fail to land the trick, they get a letter “S”. Every time a skater fails to land a trick, they get next letter. If they get all five letters “S.K.A.T.E.” before anyone else, they lose. The last skater remaining wins. There will be two divisions to the game; an open division and an expert division.
The cost to compete in the high ollie contest or the game of S.K.A.T.E. is $5 each. Winners will get an assortment of prizes from shirts to new boards. It is free to come out and watch.