© AMANDA JESS – THE NEWS
NEW GLASGOW - This Sunday, washer toss is moving from the backyard to the arena.
Vernon Earle and Trent Wilson are organizing the first annual Joe Earle Memorial Washer Toss Tournament at the North End Recreation Centre and they say people are excited about it. It’s something they hope to continue.
“I plan on it. I’ve got the support of Trenton,” Vernon Earle says.
The event started as something that could be a fun way for a few work friends to get together, but is now a fundraiser for the annual Joe Earle Victoria Day Road Races.
Normally, the fundraising for the May races gets underway in early winter, but this gives them a running start.
In the past, they’ve sold lobster tickets, 50/50 tickets and accepted donations from businesses.
“Over the last few years, donations have gone down,” Vernon says, adding that past donators, such as TrentonWorks, aren’t around anymore.
Earle says the biggest stress of planning the races is the money aspect. The tournament helps relieve some of that so the event can continue to be free.
The races are entering their fiftieth year and Earle wants it to happen for 50 more. He says his grandfather organized it for 25 years, and so did his father. He plans to organize for at least the next 25 years and pass it down to his children.
“It ain’t gonna be the last year.”
Earle says his grandfather started it so that cost wouldn’t be a factor for physical activity.
“Everyone could play sports in the community.”
Earle has to cover the cost of meals for 500 people, trophies and other expenses. It can cost between $5,000 and $7,000.
His goal for the washer toss tournament was to raise approximately $1,000.
Each team of two pays $20 to play, with a total of 46 teams as of Thursday.
Teams can still register up until the tournament starts at 9 a.m.
They’re also holding a public dance afterwards for ages 19 and over. A minimum donation of $5 is required.