October 4, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 40

Upcoming Humpy 500 will be held indoors

Due to the road construction downtown, the regular program for the annual Humpy 500 has been changed to an indoor race, Saturday, Oct. 6.

Patrick Wilson (left) and Mark Roberts check out a mock-up of a Humpy 500 racecar made from a plastic roe container at the Icicle Seafoods office on Wednesday.

“The event will be held in the community gym,” Petersburg Fisheries Plant Manager Patrick Wilson said. “The Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department has been kind enough to allow us to use that facility.”

Wilson explained that the down side of this is that the kids will not be able to sit in and drive the carts this year.

“There will be smaller models made of containers that we provide,” Wilson stated. “Everything else about the event will remain the same. We will still have the costume contest and team prizes.”

The community gym will be equipped with ramps and a racetrack in order for the kids to race their carts.

“They will still be able to decorate them and holding the event at the community gym will allow the public to come and watch and hear the announcement of the winner,” Wilson said. “It will be a different program, but it will be fun and I think it will be a great event and we won’t have to worry about rain.”

After the event, the party will move to the PFI cookhouse where prizes and trophies will be awarded.

Registration for the event begins at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon, which will be followed by carts and costume parade, and racing will begin at 2 p.m.

Containers for the carts can be picked up at the PFI office.

“We are very fortunate to have the support of the community businesses,” Wilson stated. “We encourage the public to come out and enjoy this event.”

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