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Funtastic rocks despite fewer faces at Vernon ball tourney/music festival

Slo-pitch tournament usually has 160 teams, only 112 this year
The Darby Mills Project rocks the Funtastic A&W Music Festival stage Friday, July 1. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Support will hit home following a successful return of Funtastic over the long weekend.

The slo-pitch tournament and music festival didn’t see as many teams turn out as in the past (112 versus the usual 160), nor as many people pack the beverage gardens for the three nights of entertainment. But still, the thousands of people who took in the June 30-July 2 festivities will result in significant support for local sporting groups.

“We as a board we’re thrilled with the turnout. It was amazing to see all the local support Friday and Saturday evening. It was great to be back after two long years away,” Funtastic Sports Society president Jamie Austin said.

While exact numbers aren’t known, Austin said the music festival was well attended.

For almost three decades, the Funtastic Sports Society has pitched in funding to not-for-profit agency partners and their programs that meet the sport and recreation needs within the community. It’s all made possible thanks to those who come and play ball and take in the A&W Music Festival, sponsors and the many volunteers who put in hours of time to pull the event off.

“I’d like to thank all our generous sponsors, dedicated volunteers, ball players and all that came to support our event,” said Austin.

And there were few upsets for Vernon North Okanagan RCMP, who maintained a uniformed presence at the event throughout the weekend, at the DND grounds, where the majority of the action took place.

“We’re happy to report that we did not encounter any significant issues,” media relations officer Const. Chris Terleski said. “Thank-you to all the participants, organizers and volunteers for all your hard work in making this year’s event a success.”

A total of 112 teams covered bases at ball diamonds around town, with the following results (missing letters are divisions that had to be cut):

B division

1st Beavers

2nd Bad Company

3rd Northern Padres

C division

1st Down and Dirty

2nd Off Constantly

3rd Wildcat Wildthings

D division

1st The Originals

2nd We look good

3rd Mound and Pound

H division

1st broken sunglasses

2nd Big Ole Hitties

3rd Sloppy Seconds

I division

1st Hurtin Holders

2nd Orange Beavers

3rd McGlovin

J division

1st Master Ball

2nd Seasoned Seniors

3rd Rockets

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A Canadian superhero catches an outfield ball during Funtastic Slo Pitch Tournament play Friday, July 1 at the DND Grounds. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Tim Reardon of the Young’uns rocks the stage Friday during Funtastic, where he was also presented with an award for his years of service as the music festival director. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

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