A baby stroller derby will be held at Santander Stadium in August, thanks to a contest that provides the venue free of charge. The York County Industrial Development Authority's Community Event contest has chosen winners for the past several years to host a rent-free program at the stadium, said Adam Nugent, special events coordinator for the York Revolution.
Nugent said a group chooses the winner from a list of applicants, and looks for events that are unique to the community and have the potential to grow over the years.
Nugent said the baby stroller derby was chosen this year because of that potential.
"It's starting off small, and it's got a great room to grow," Nugent said.
Stroller derby: Jennifer Neal, the derby's organizer, said she found out she had won the rent-free day Monday morning.
"It's an honor," she said. "It's still new."
Neal said the idea for the derby came when she was pushing her daughter Lydia's stroller last year. Neal thought it would be fun to organize a stroller derby with other parents in the community, and she started formulating what a stroller derby could look like.
The derby is meant for fun, Neal said, but will also have a cause: Everyone who participates in the day will be asked to donate a gently-used stroller or other baby items, which will be distributed around the county.
Neal plans to have several family-friendly attractions on the day of the derby, scheduled for Aug. 23. The derby will be the highlight, with moms or dads pushing their child in a stroller four laps around the warning track of the baseball field. Children can also race in a "Diaper Dash" on the field that day.
Community growth: Nugent said events like the stroller derby are a great way to involve the community, beyond the York Revolution baseball games held at the stadium each year.
"We have a great resource here, and it's here for the community," Nugent said.
Some events that started at the stroller derby's level have grown over the years, Nugent said. Yorktoberfest, an annual wine and beer festival, was one of the events chosen by the development authority to have its first event rent-free.
Regardless of the future, Neal said she is grateful to list Santander Stadium as the debut venue.
"Without winning the contest, the event wouldn't have happened," she said.
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