Annual Estabrooks tourney set to go
If you need more proof that time flies by, look no further than Rodney Estabrooks Memorial Co-Ed Softball tournament being held this weekend in Tidnish.
As participants prepare to take to the field for the 24th edition of the tournament, it seems like only yesterday that they were enjoying the fun and festivities of the 23rd year.
Since it's inception the tournament has raised close to $100,000 to help fight muscular dystrophy, with last year's tournament raising $5,200.
The two day tournament ends on Sunday at approximately 6 p.m. and after the last game is played Shelley McWilliams, who is the revenue development manager for the Firefighters of Atlantic Canada, will present the Tidnish Bridge Fire Department with an award for being the department that has raised the most money for muscular dystrophy in Nova Scotia.
"That's awesome for the little Tidnish Bridge Fire Department," said Judy Tuttle, who helps coordinate the event.
The tournament began not long after Rodney passed away from muscular dystrophy on June 19, 1986 at the age of 20.
Rodney's older brother Vincent also lost his battle with the disease in 1979, at the age of 16.
"Rodney was an avid sports fan and he never missed an event held at the sports field," said Tanya Tuttle-Comeau, of the Tidnish Crossroads Community Association. "He loved all sports and a particularly loved to spend time in the outdoors with his many friends."
After Rodney's death the Rodney Estabrooks Memorial Sports Field was dedicated in his memory.
The weekend has many activities for people to participate in.
There will be a bake sale beginning Saturday at 10 a.m.
Washer toss games begin at 11 a.m. and children's games and activities begin at 1 p.m.
Kids can also participate in an ice cream eating contest at 2 p.m.
The Dance at the Community Centre runs from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The dance will feature a DJ with a cash bar.
On Sunday there will be washer toss tournaments at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Besides the Lucky Card Draws & Raffles, this year's tournament will also have a 50/50 draw on both Saturday and Sunday.
This year's co-ed softball tournament features 14 teams, with game-play kicking off Friday night at 6 p.m., when Tidnish 1 goes to battle against Tidnish 11.
Other teams featured in the tournament are: Pugwash, Paul's Young Guns, Bombed Squad, Craig's, Peter Gilroy, Hymie Hunter, M&S Foods, Cheaper by the Dozen, Tidnish Fire Department, Point de Bute Fire Department, Darrell Greeno's Welding and Green Road Rashes.
The final game of the tournament, the MD division championship game begins Sunday at 5 p.m.