Combining various talents, four Carthage young men have organized the first event to take place in the skatepark in Griggs Park Saturday.
In early May, Aaron Davis, 18, and Jeremy Giroux, 17, approached the Carthage City Council to get permission to hold the first-ever “Neutral Skate Competition,” along with a multiple-band concert to follow Saturday, June 1. Permission was granted.
“They're really supportive of what we do out here,” Giroux said of city leaders. “We just wanted to do something for the skating around here – make something happen.”
Registration will begin at noon for skaters wishing to compete for various skating prizes, and the competition will start at 1 p.m. Giroux said the judges will be looking at the best 45-second run and the best tricks performed in a five-minute “jam” where everyone skates. Proceeds from this event will go back into the skate park, and Giroux said the group hopes it will help the city add on to the much-appreciated park.
After the skate competition, the concert is where Davis' specialties lie. Using his contacts from his online record label, “Neutral Network,” Davis arranged for traveling bands to visit Carthage. He said it was something he could do for a community lacking in things to do for teens.
“Besides Mudstock and that Rock C-Town concert, there's nothing for older kids to do,” Davis said. “I just wanted to get something happening in music in Carthage, and I thought it would be nice to merge skating with music for one event.”
Other event coordinators, Tristin Reynolds and Jason Giroux, agreed the event is a good thing for Carthage.
“It's good to get the skaters together and get the music community going,” Reynolds said.
The event is sponsored by Carthage Nazarene and Mulligan Skateboards. For more information, visit the Facebook groups “Neutral Network,” and “Carthage Skate Team.”