|Getting to know ... The Canal Days Cheerleading Competition chair|
|Monday, July 29, 2013 12:13 AM|
BY STACY TAFF
Although this is Megan Mesker’s first year spearheading the competition, she’s familiar with the way things run, having helped out for a number of years.
“This is my first year coordinating the cheerleading competition for Canal Days,” she said. “I got involved with the encouragement of a few of the Canal Days committee members. The past couple of years, I was always at the cheerleading competition, either helping my brother Michael with the music or coaching a squad that was competing.”
Since the competition hosts around 16 squads each year, a lot of time and effort goes into making sure everything runs smoothly that day.
“In planning the event I have many different tasks,” she said. “Some examples are finding sponsors to help pay for T-shirts the winning teams of each division will receive and medals the top three squads of each division get. I find qualified judges for the competition and send out packets of information to surrounding schools.
“The day of the competition, I organize all the volunteers for a variety of jobs from collecting money at the doors, running the concessions stand, running a timer of how long the routines are and counting score sheets.”
Mesker isn’t the only new thing this year: spectators will notice a change in the way the competition is set up.
“This year, a few changes have been made to the competition. First off, we will not be holding the individual tumbling and jumping competition,” Mesker said. “We will also hand out free hamburger tickets to each competitor to get more people to the festivities downtown and see what Canal Days is all about.”
When Mesker isn’t working hard on the cheerleading competition, she takes some time to enjoy Canal Days weekend on its own merit.
“My favorite part of the whole festival is the battle of the business on Friday night. It’s a great way to start off Canal Days and get the Delphos businesses all together for a little competitive fun,” she said. “Overall, it’s just the joy of knowing that I am helping the Delphos community grow by bringing out of town people to Canal Days and hoping they stay after the competition for the parade on Sunday.”