WEEKEND: Wheelchair Rodeo to let participants show off some moves

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SEQUIM — Wheelchair-bound participants will maneuver their way through an obstacle course and small racetrack during the annual Wheelchair Rodeo on Saturday.

The rodeo will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sequim Fire Station, 323 North Fifth Ave.

Registration starts 9:30 a.m., just before the rodeo.

Rain or shine

It will go on rain or shine, said Margaret Witt, organizer.

In fair weather, the rodeo will be in the fire station’s parking lot.

In foul weather, Clallam County Fire District No. 3 Chief Steve Vogel said the events will be held in the station’s seven fire engine bays.

The rodeo, which has been held for 13 years, is open to those in all types of wheelchairs, including three-wheeled scooters and chairs that are manually operated, Witt said.

Gift certificates donated by area merchants will be awarded as prizes. Food will be available.

The rodeo shows that people confined to wheelchairs can live active, fulfilling lives, said Witt, who cared for her disabled husband for decades before he died in 2007 and who is an advocate for better public transportation options for disabled people.

The event is held as part of national Make a Difference Day, and Witt hopes it will help further discussion of transportation barriers for people with disabilities on the North Olympic Peninsula.

For more information, phone Witt at 360-683-3091.

Last modified: October 11. 2012 5:17PM
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