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Sunday, March 18, 2012

New Status for Jake's Weekend

Brockton | by Robyn Garvey  

Jake's Weekend at the Park declared a community festival by Brockton.

Brockton Council has declared "Jake's Weekend at the Park" a community festival.

Event Organizer Josh Bester says the three-day annual slo-pitch tournament and dance serves as a living tribute to Jason Zettler of Cargill.

Zettler, an avid ball player, was killed in a car accident in 2000 when he was just 27 years old.

Family and friends began the memorial weekend as a means of keeping Jake's memory alive and raising funds to give back to the community that he was such a very large part of.

Bester says over the last 12 years the event has raised money for numerous local charities in Jake's honour including the Walkerton Hospital, breakfast programs for five local schools, free community skates and new playground equipment, park improvements, lawn care equipment and park benches in Cargill.

Bester says the event has grown so much over the years that it truly has become a community festival.

He says Brockton Council's decision to grant the event festival status reaffirms this and will hopefully draw even bigger crowds out.

Jake's Weekend at the Park will take place in Cargill on June 15th, 16th and 17th this year.

Fifty teams will be participating, and there will also be a community dance and Father's Day brunch.


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