This year was notable as we had a few new refs who were working the throw line. Younger people have always been attracted to our sport but often had problems handling the heft of the Rutabaga. To compensate for this well meaning refs often moved the youngsters up closer to the target until the look of terror disappeared from the kid’s eyes. This particular pair of refs took it into their own hands that they would make it exceedingly easy for the kids. Youngsters were moved so close to the target that in some cases they were literally right upon the target and merely had to drop their rutabaga! The results this year were needless to say much debated and the subject of much discussion. The youngster who won, Artemis Inzinnia, was unable to make any comments about her victory. At the tender age of 18 months old that she just had not developed the vocabulary to describe what she was feeling….and her parents could only guess! Local Ithacan Ray Schlather, an adult, did manage to get a rutabaga close enough to the target to grab the silver medal. He was closely followed by 3-year-old Gavin “The Gavinator” who took home the bronze. Many in the crowd that day were delighted that the games were so kid friendly. But many competitive adults felt an injustice had been done. The Commissioner’s solution…next years games will include a separate event for kids 8 and under….and thus the “Turnip Toss” was begun in 2007.