Agricultural Fair skillet toss goes the distance

Agricultural Fair skillet toss goes the distance

Karena Hammarlund of West Tisbury put her all into her toss to take first place in the 30 to 45 year-old age category.

If the skillet toss ever advances from the West Tisbury Agricultural Fair to a place in Olympic competition, the Vineyard will be well represented.

On Sunday afternoon, the last day of the fair, 75 women used a combination of body English, technique, and strength to toss a four-pound cast iron skillet as far as it would fly, much to the delight of a crowd of spectators gathered in the bleachers.

The outfits were as varied as the techniques. Participants excited spectators with winning throws, interesting outfits, and skillet blunders. A few errant throws narrowly missed fair volunteers.

The women competed in four age divisions. Ashley Medeiros of Vineyard Haven, competing in the 18- to 29-year-old division, was the champion of the day. She outdistanced the rest of the field with a skillet toss of 54 feet,10 inches.

Karena Hammarlund won the 30- to 40-year-old competition, with a throw of 51 feet, one inch. Ms. Hammarlund took second overall.

In the 46- to 64-year-old division, Melissa Manter threw her skillet 42 feet, and Harriet Kantrowitz won the 65 years and older category with a throw of 32 feet, 10 inches.

After the skillet toss concluded, the regulation four-pound pans were put away in a secure location until next summer.