Registration open for Harvest Relays

2016 file phioto/Whidbey News-Times Participants run a two-person sack race during last year’s Harvest Relay Races. Teams raised money for Gifts from the Heart food bank.

Gifts from the Heart Food Bank and the Coupeville Farmers Market are seeking teams for the 10th Annual Food Bank Harvest Relays next month.

The event was normally held during the last market of the season in October, but due to poor weather previous years, it’s being held Sept. 23 on the Community Green during the market.

What started out as a fun way to celebrate the end of the market season while providing monetary support to the local food bank, the Harvest Relays have become a tradition and a steady source of funding for Gifts From the Heart Food Bank, said market manager Peg Tenant, in a prepared press release.

The relays consist of five different games/challenges, all relating in someway to food and particularly to local food, she said. The course is laid out for two teams at a time and none of the events are published prior to the run.

Past relay events have included such things as shelling dry beans while wearing gloves and sitting in a rocking chair, pumpkin “putting,” cabbage targets, fish flinging, and many more.

In honor of the 10th anniversary, some prior events will return, she added.

There are many ways to participate. Form a relay team of five people. Team forms are available at Gifts from the Heart and the market. Consider making a monetary donation for a specific team or just in general. Or be an enthusiastic member of the audience during the relays.

And after the event, stick around because the Whidbey News-Times will be taking the Coupeville Community Portrait toward the end of the event.

• For information about participating in the relays, contact Gifts From the Heart Food Bank at 360-678-8312 or coupevillemarket@aol.com

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