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Perfect Weekend For 15th Annual Vince Fiore Memorial Mardi Gras Celebration! : 3.8.10

[ 0 ] March 8, 2010 |
All Photos By Paul Purpura : ©2010 www.nelsoncountylife.com : It was a day of crazy costumes and lots of fun for the 15th Wintergreen Adaptive Skiing  Mardi Gras Celebration on Saturday. : Click any photo to enlarge.

All Photos By Paul Purpura : ©2010 www.nelsoncountylife.com : It was a day of crazy costumes and lots of fun for the 15th Wintergreen Adaptive Skiing Mardi Gras Celebration on Saturday. : Click any photo to enlarge.

Wintergreen Resort
Nelson County, Virginia

For the 15th year in a row folks have dressed up in their best Mardi Gras outfits and headed to the slopes at Wintergreen Resort. It’s all part of an annual fundraiser put on by Wintergreen Adaptive Skiing, a division of Wintergreen Adaptive Sports.

According to WAS:

“This special event is in honor of the first student of WAS, Vince Fiore. He was an avid skier, and the fact that he had only one leg did not dampen his enthusiasm for fast skiing! The funds raised on this day are a major source of the money needed to purchase and repair adaptive equipment, for instructor training and overall administration of the WAS program.”

All types of events took place throughout the day including, a costumed parade, tubing races, and a synchronized ski contest.

All types of events took place throughout the day including, a costumed parade, tubing races, and a synchronized ski contest.

Here’s a rundown of the day from WAS:

“The day started on the slopes in the morning and wound up in the evening with the one and only Thrift Store Formal. During the day, they strutted their stuff down the mountain with a costumed parade followed by gumbo for lunch on the WAS deck. The afternoon was filled with tubing races and the wildly competitive, utterly silly Synchronized Ski Contest. That evening, they dressed to the nines in their choicest thrift store finery, finally convening at the Rockfish Valley VFD for the truly tasty Cajun Banquet followed by the Thrift Store Formal.”

Here’s the winners in the synchronized skiing:

Kids Division
3rd Place – Twisted Sisters
2nd Place – Star Wars
1st Place – Ski Patrol

Adults
3rd – The Kayakers (have a pic of this)
2nd – Oompah Loompahs from Willy Wonka
1st – Wintergreen Adaptive Fire Dept

The Mardi Gras Celebration is for everyone:  disabled students, volunteers, friends, families and anyone who wants to support the cause with a donation.

The Mardi Gras Celebration is for everyone: disabled students, volunteers, friends, families and anyone who wants to support the cause with a donation.

In addition to the day long event, a raffle was held with the winning ticket receiving a flat screen TV from Crutchfield.

Scroll for many more of Paul’s pictures from Saturday’s event! Thanks for the slope side shots Paul!

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