Pond fest to feature human slingshot

Posted Jan. 28, 2011, at 12:23 a.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The Rockland Rotary Club will slingshot people across Chickawaukie Pond while others play ice golf, ice basketball or skate Sunday, Jan. 30.

The carnival starts at 11 a.m. and closes at 3 p.m. The event is for kids, and all the activities are free.

“We’ve been doing this for over 20 years. It’s our way to give back to the community for them helping us during the year. We have a bunch of different activities,” said Rotary member John Newcomb, who helped plan this year’s festival since November.

The carnival will have draft horses pulling sleighs and truckloads of snow packed down and sculpted into a perfect sledding hill, Newcomb said. Other activities include face painting, ice hockey and sled rides behind a snowmobile.

But the big hit at the Rotary’s carnival, Newcomb said, is the human slingshot.

“It is everyone’s favorite,” Newcomb said. “We have a huge bungee chord on the ice. We put a person on a sled and hook the sled to the slingshot and throw them across the ice.”

The Rotary budgets more than $1,000 a year for the festival.

“It’s just for families and kids to come out and have fun at no cost. It’s good, clean, old-fashioned family fun.”

If the ice isn’t thick enough or there is rain, the carnival will be held Feb. 6.

Sleds will be provided, but Newcomb said children should bring their own skates and dress warmly. Hamburgers, hot dogs and soda will be available for purchase.

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