Last Sunday’s Old Fashioned Community Picnic on the Square, sponsored by Sunbury’s Ministerial Association, appeared threatened by rain – and it did mist a bit, but the temperature was reasonable and the 7 p.m. “Outhouse Race” went on as planned.
The race, with seven mobile outhouses entries, took place with three preliminary heats running on a course from Vernon Street, east on Granville Street, and north on Columbus Street. The three heat winners faced off on a return run, ending at the finish line on Vernon.
Sunbury Christian Church entered the winning outhouse, Vineyard Church of Delaware County placed second, and a team of younger racers, the Misc Team, placed third.
SCC team driver Nate Dimitroff said his crew practiced maneuvering the Shawn Dawson-designed mobile outhouse in the Big Walnut High School parking lot before race day, and also pulled their entry behind a float during Saturday’s Fourth of July parade in Sunbury.
“The ride felt really good – it was fast and awesome. I just didn’t want to die in an outhouse,” Dimitroff said. “I had to brace myself when we hit the brick pavement on Granville Street, that part got rougher than I expected.”
Asked what was in the future for Team SCC, Dawson said his guys will go over the outhouse, make a few adjustments, and be prepared top take on any challengers during the late summer and fall season.
Mayor Tommy Hatfield said the inaugural Old Fashioned Community Picnic on the Square and Outhouse Race were such a success that there would be a repeat of the event next summer.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093