Saline High School's team won the Ag Olympics at the Saline Community Fair Wednesday evening.
Thursday was Saline Schools Day at the Fair, which continues through this weekend at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds. And with school in session a week earlier this year, the school district decided to bring the Ag Olympics back to the fair.
"Historically, the first week of school always coincided with the week of the fair," Graden said.
On Wednesdays, students would have a half day of school, Graden recalled, and school buses would drop kids off at the fair.
"So it was pretty fitting this year that Wednesday was again school day at the fair," Graden said.
So, in that spirit, the district decided to bring out more than 40 teachers, principals, and support staff to represent their schools in the Ag Olympics.
There were three "feats of strength" events.
In the first contest, staff from the schools, dressed as milk maids, raced around an obstacle course with a bucket of water. Pleasant Ridge's Tracy Pratt, rushing to hold off a challenge, slipped on loose dirt and dropped his bucket of water, allowing a rival to beat them in the end.
Saline Middle School's team, led by Jake Fosdick, seemed to have an advantage in the events. But Saline High School's team stayed close with depth. Both teams ran well in the bale of hay relay.
Graden also peppered staff with ag-related trivia questions.
In the end, the Ag Olympics came down to a battle between Saline Middle School and Saline High School in the harness relay. The middle school team posted the best score, but they were disqualified for improper placement of the harness. The Saline High School team of Kirk Evenson, Nikki Gunning, Patti Fosdick, Lindsay Guenther, Theresa Stager and Sarah Stukey celebrated the victory.
The event was marked by laughter and teamwork.
"It's a fun event and it really does speak to the heritage of our community," Graden said. "It's a great opportunity for staff to get together. We had a great group of almost 40 staff members out here tonight, having fun, competing, be together and bond as we start the school year."
Thursday is Children's Day at the Fair.
The schedule is below.
9:00 a.m. Admission Begins
10:00 a.m. Merchant’s Building Opens
9:30 – noon Children’s Activities – Building B and Building F
9:30 – noon Touch a Truck – Front Parking Lot
Noon A2 Magic – Building B Stage
Noon All Rides Open; Toddler Ride Special 6 years and under $5 from noon – 3 p.m.
5:00 p.m. Beer Barn open until midnight (last call 11 p.m.)
7:00 p.m. Junior Livestock Auction – Building B
7:00 p.m. KOI Drag Racing – Track (no extra admission fee)