By David F. Rooney
There was good news and bad news, weather-wise, for the 126 teams at Sunday’s Glacier Challenge. The stratospheric smoke and haze of Saturday vanished. That was the good news. The bad news was that it was replaced by a breeze that whipped up dust storms on the Centennial Park ball fields and, later, by rain and the distant flash of lightning over the Monashees.
But, fortunately, none of that seemed to lessen the enthusiasm of the men and women who came here to play ball and have a good time.
Here are images of some of the day’s games and activities:
There was less smoke and haze in the sky but a lot more dust as a steady breeze created micro-dust storms like this one during the Revelstoke Townley Tiger game against the Hornby Denman Freight Team from Cumberland. David F. Rooney photo Someone always has a "great idea" at the Glacier Challenge and for these guys from the Homerphobia team it was launching water balloons with a super slingshot in a kind of surprise attack on other teams. You can see the air-borne balloon near the middle top of the bottom image. They called off their ill-considered blitzkrieg when an unsuspecting spectator was nailed in the groin. David F. Rooney photo On a hot and dusty day what could be a more welcome sight than the Ski Club ice crew coming to the rescue of over-heated ball players? David F. Rooney photo Just to continue a theme from Saturday, Rachel from Calgary is Miss Headgear No. 4. The only things she needed to make it truly sensational were some tiny LEDs and a battery. David F. Rooney photo Slam, bam! A player from Revelstoke's Two Balls, One Bat and a Canoe swings at the ball down at Rotary Field Sunday. David F. Rooney photo A mother and daughter find a quiet moment for some one-on-one practice Sunday. Could this be the next generation in training? David F. Rooney photo Doug McKenzie (right) also known as Michael Shepherd meets his long-lost cousin Craig at the beer garden on Sunday afternoon. Shepherd amused the crowd on Saturday with his Austin Powers persona. He continued to elicit laughs as one of the boys from the Great White North. David F. Rooney photo Grant Leiterman attends the big board for the Sunday night dance at the Glacier Challenge. David F. Rooney photo Vocalist Smokey Pete Hermansen, guitarist Brant Benum, Cat Scott and Vanessa Hermansen, bassist Dave Tataryn and drummer Trevor Hollenberg are Positive Corruption. The band, a mainstay of the local music scene, rocked the beer garden at the Glacier Challenge's Sunday night dance. David F. Rooney photo Positive Corruption's repertoire includes songs by Foo Fighters, No Doubt, U2 and Iggy Pop — all proven crowd pleasers. David F. Rooney photo Brant Benum's guitar appears to pop out under the lights playing on the stage. David F. Rooney photo