Photo by Alice Dubenetsky
Perfect weather for Bristol Jamfest: 2,000 young soccer players to the field last weekend.
Bright azure skies and golden orange foliage set the scene for the 10th annual Jamfest Soccer Tournament on the playing fields of Mount Abraham Union High School.
Eighty-five teams from twelve area towns, ranging in age from preschool to sixth grade, competed in a minimum of three games each. The event is sponsored by the Starksboro Sports Program whose organizers estimated that there were over 2,000 players and spectators present. There were no prizes or awards to be won – it was all for the fun of the game and enjoyment of a splendid Indian Summer Saturday.
Family and friends of the players crowed the sidelines and all of the nearby lots were overflowing. Sales at the food tent were brisk. Chili and hot dogs, baked goods, cider and soda were served by a phalanx of efficient volunteers, who appeared to be having as much fun as the players at times.
The event is free to participants with funds raised solely from food sales and sponsorships. Over 36 businesses, large and small, donated money and products to help make the day a success. When all of the sponsorships and sales were tallied, organizers were pleased to report that they had made a total of $5,000 - funds that will go toward equipment and improvements and maintenance of Starksboro’s Cota Playing Field.
“This takes a strong group of volunteers and we are proud of the Starksboro Sports Program community to have this large group of people work on the event for weeks beforehand,” said Don McCormick, coordinator of the Starksboro Sports Program.
“In the morning we were pretty stressed out over a few small details, but as we observed the Mt. Abe Varsity girls helping organize the preschool and kindergarten groups, and the fun those families were having, it makes it all worth it.”