By ERIC VICCARO
Want to be part of a record performance?
Then pitch washers at the fifth annual Wise County Reunion Washer Tournament, taking place during Old Settlers Days at 7:30 p.m. on July 22 at Joe Wheeler Park.
The physical address is 3101 S Farm Market Road 51.
The entry fee is $25 per individual and $50 per team. Cash prizes will be $100 for the first-place team, $50 for second and $25 for third. The winners will receive a washer-shaped medallion fit for an Olympian.
Carey Williams, the tournament director, got the idea while walking on the James Wood Motors showroom floor one day – spotting a Guinness Book of World Records on a coffee table.
“I thought, we may already have the largest washer tournament,” said Williams, the executive manager at James Wood Motors and serves as one of the many event sponsors. “So, I applied to the Guinness Book of World Records.”
Williams reported the process of establishing the Guinness record started before last year’s Old Settlers Reunion.
Proceeds will benefit the Decatur Chamber of Commerce scholarship fund. The fund provides scholarships to a pair of Decatur High students per year, Williams reported.
Registration and check-in will take place between 4-6:30 p.m. Individual and group photos will be taken to satisfy the Guinness Book of World Records personnel. The group photo is slated for 7 p.m., and the tournament begins 30 minutes after that.
Because of time constraints, this year’s tournament features a single-elimination format. Read more in the mid-week edition of The Bowie News.
Here are the washer boards that will be used during the 2014 Wise County Reunion Washer Tournament in Decatur. The event will attempt to set a new Guinness Book of World Records benchmark for largest-ever washer pitching tournament. (Submitted photo)