Third annual event

Nathan Robertson Family Fun Weekend grows by leaps, bounds

Two days of activities in memory of beloved GVHS graduate is Aug. 10-11
By Staff | Aug 07, 2019
Courtesy of: Sierra Sprague Cornhole boards made specifically for the Nathan Robertson event.

Thomaston — The annual Nathan Robertson Family Fun Weekend has grown by leaps and bounds since its first year in 2017.

This year’s event, its third overall put on by the Nathan Robertson Memorial Foundation, is no different as what originally began as a simple road race has expanded to a weekend-long experience, set for Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10-11.

Robertson was a 2006 Georges Valley High School graduate who played soccer, basketball and baseball for the Buccaneers. He passed away in 2008 after a three-year battle with desmoplastic small round cell tumor.

Event organizer Jared Porter said proceeds from the event go to the Nathan Robertson Memorial Foundation, with money dispersed to families in Maine with children battling cancer and other serious illnesses.

In the past two years, the event has raised more than $15,000, all of which was donated to Boston Children’s Hospital and Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.

The weekend will include a bevy of activities, including a coed softball tournament, cornhole tournament, pig roast, fast-pitch contest, 5K road race, dunk tank and a kid zone carnival.

On Saturday, the weekend will begin with the coed softball tournament at 8 a.m. at the Thomaston Little League and Thomaston Grammar School fields, sponsored by R&D Trash Removal. The tournament will go on throughout the day, with last year’s tournament having concluded at 11 p.m. The winning team will receive a trophy nearly six feet tall and $500 cash.

During the tournament, there will be a fastest pitch contest for $1 per throw, as the top male, female and child (3 divisions) net $25. At noon, each team in the tournament will nominate one player from its team to participate in a home run contest, as the winner will earn a $100 cash prize.

There also will be a pig roast courtesy of Hamming It Up Farm, with a $10 plate getting patrons pork, coleslaw, beans, rolls and more. Various concessions will be held throughout the day, including 200 pounds of lobster donated by Travis Doughty.

On Sunday, the event shifts to the Thomaston Green (former Maine State Prison grounds on Route 1) and will begin at 8 a.m. with the Nathan Robertson Memorial 5-kilometer road race, sponsored by On The Water Maine. Registration for the race begins at 7 a.m and the overall male and female winners will receive a medal and $250 cash. The cost to register for the race is $20.

There also will be the Kids Zone Carnival, presented by Sandcastle Entertainment, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a 68-foot obstacle course, an inflatable boxing ring, seven bounce houses, a petting zoo from Pony Xpress, race cars from Wiscasset Speedway, chicken barbeque ($10 per plate), 10 children's games vendors backyard games such as potato sack races and three-legged races, more than 10 children’s games and dunk tank.

The dunk tank will run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will see, among others, Michelle Winchenbach, Mark Haskell, Tim Hoppe, Tim Carroll, Jared Porter, Ann Daggett, Rusty Worcester, Shawn Wallace, Shawn Hiller and Greg Knight take their turns in the tank.

Admission is free, with tickets for the bounce houses and games only 25 cents.

The double-elimination cornhole tournament, sponsored by WJR Carpentry and Painting, will begin at 10 a.m. The cost to register for the tournament is $40 per team.

The winning team will receive $500 cash and a set of the 10 monogrammed Nathan Robertson Memorial Foundation boards, made by WJR Carpentry and Painting.

Eight additional sets will be for sale after the tournament for $200 apiece, with proceeds going to the Nathan Robertson Memorial Foundation.

There also will be a disc jockey on site Sunday.

Three 30-minute dunk tank slots are still available and registration is still open for the cornhole tournament. To inquire, or for more information, contact Porter at 790-0114.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

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