VERSAILLES – Organizers of the Poultry Days Ultimate Classic and Cool Hand Luke Egg Eating Contest raised almost $9,000 during the 2017 Poultry Days in Versailles.
Rodger Oakes from Pickerington organized both competitions again this year and raised money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Versailles community.
“It’s one of the great parts about being able to host these events,” Oakes said of the fundraising. “It makes it a little more special to give back and keeps us grounded.”
Oakes hosts several tournaments in Ohio and Florida, but Poultry Days continues to be his largest. This year the 36th annual tournament in Versailles drew 65 teams.
Along with teams from Ohio, there also were teams from Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Canada.
“All over the country and Canada,” Oakes said. “Anywhere we can get them from. We like to have a good geographic representation.”
This year the championship match was a repeat of last year’s final with the Cleveland-based Pollos en mis Pantelones again defeating the Columbus-based Chicken Schitt for the championship.
“It went really well,” Oakes said. “We had great weather, which obviously makes for a great weekend for everyone involved.”
Oakes is planning for more large tournaments later this year. In July he’ll host one in Columbus with 48 teams, and in November he hopes to have 32 teams compete in Sarasota, Florida.
But Poultry Days continues to draw the most teams.
“I think it’s just a testament to the community of Versailles and the founders of the Ultimate tournament,” Oakes said.
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