Splash a record-breaker on all counts

The skit with the granny who tottered—walker and all—into the Rogue only to be rescued by the Rockford Fire Department stole the show and the first place group win in this year’s Sweetheart Splash. They knocked Rockford Quick Lube out of the winner’s circle despite their elaborate circus skit.

Couples winners Jenny Frasco and Jody Jernigan with “All That Jazz.”

Couples winners Jenny Frasco and Jody Jernigan with “All That Jazz.”

 

Seventy-nine jumpers in all went in, with four single participants, seven couples and eight group contestants.

There were more people watching than ever before and the event raised a whopping $5,500 for North Kent Service Center, with more coming in.

More than 60 blankets were collected for the Center, which is seeing a shortage under record requests this year.

Rotary Club President Ramona Hinton started the jumping by leading the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday Rotary” celebrating the 105th birthday of Rotary International.

Singles winner was Rev. John Jason Hubbard of Bostwick Lake Congregational Church. Couples winners were Jenny Frasco and Jody Jernigan who gave a lively performance of “All That Jazz.”

he Rockford Fire Department pulled a “granny” out of the river as part of their skit for Sweetheart Splash 2010. The temperature was 27 degrees with a windchill bringing it down to the teens, according to Matt Kirkwood, of Storm Team 8, who was one of the judges.

he Rockford Fire Department pulled a “granny” out of the river as part of their skit for Sweetheart Splash 2010. The temperature was 27 degrees with a windchill bringing it down to the teens, according to Matt Kirkwood, of Storm Team 8, who was one of the judges. photo by KAREN SALYER

 

employees from Aunt Candy's Toy Company prepare to take the plunge.

 

Candy's girls hit the water.

 

The second surprise engagement for the annual Sweetheart event.

 

These firefighters did look awfully suspicious before their surprise splash.

 

Firefighters hand out goodies at Splash.

 


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