Whidbey Examiner


Races raise cash for food bank

October 18, 2012 · 9:26 AM

Lady Lions Teresa Ellis, Vicky Reyes, Sue Hartin, Penny Barville, Karen Koschak and Marilyn Engel perform a choreographed growl as they attempt to menace their competitors on the field. / Kasia Pierzga photo

The fifth annual Coupeville Harvest Fest Relay Races – a fundraiser for Gifts from the Heart Food Bank – were a great success again this year, thanks to support from the Coupeville Farmers Market and the participating teams, organizers said.

There were eight teams this year, including the Pumpkin Posse, representing the food bank; the Eat Locals Zombie Interns from Prairie Bottom Farm and Willowood Farm; the Organic Superheroes from Rosehip Farm; the Drama Suits from the Coupeville High School Drama Club (sponsored by the Coupeville Historic Waterfront Association); the Lady Lions from the Coupeville Lions Club; the Shutterbugs from the Pacific Northwest Art Center; the Townies from the Town of Coupeville; the Awesome Squash Blossoms from the Community Foundation for Coupeville Public Schools; and the Freedom Rangers from the Greenbank Farm Agricultural Training Program, although all but one of the original members was out with the flu.

Imaginative costumes, great enthusiasm and the community spirit displayed by the teams made it fun for those who came out the farmers market Saturday in support of the races, said race organizer Molly Hughes, executive director of the food bank.

In the end the Pumpkin Posse won the People’s Choice award. Fastest Time went to the Eat Local Zombie Interns, and the Organic Superheroes won the Big Money Makers award, turning in $4,755 for the food bank. Altogether the races brought in $10,235 – a new record for the races.

Participating teams received prizes donated by Bayleaf and Knead and Feed.


Kat Harrod, a.k.a. the Pollinator, performs a flawless handoff of the zucchini baton to Laura Lugenbill, a.k.a. the Aphid Eater.

Rob Cook of the Pumpkin Posse displays his skill in wielding a house broom on the pumpkin golf obstacle course.

KT Wynn of the Drama Suits eyes the finish line as she balances an egg in a spoon in one hand while gripping her zucchini baton in the other.

Lisa Bernhardt of the Pacific NorthWest Art School shows off her team spirit in support of the Shutterbugs, the relay team sponsored by the school.




















Miriam Maier of the Eat Locals Zombie Interns displays startling speed-shucking skills as she rips open five ears of corn.

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