The tug-of-war is always the 10th and last event at the annual Anything Goes competition and there have been many years where the top spot was decided with this test of strength. Not this year.
Appalachian captured first place in the egg toss, the ninth event of the evening, and removed all doubt by building an insurmountable lead.
Appalachian scored points in the first three events – finishing third in ticket sales and second in the baton relay and the “Thang” – and posted a win in the overunder relay, the sixth event of the night.
The competition stayed close throughout until the last three events, with Appalachian posting wins in the ping-pong ball and sack relays.
Appalachian finished with 61 points, followed by Cleveland with 48 points and Oneonta with 42 points. Locust Fork (37 points), Hayden (25), Susan Moore (25), Southeastern (17), and J.B. Pennington (10) rounded out the scoring.
The competition, generally held each year during the first week of May, is sponsored by the Danny B. Hicks Scholarship group. All money raised goes to scholarships for Blount County students. The group has given 76 scholarships, totaling more than $90,400.
The group’s main fundraiser, a golf tournament, will be held in August.