New Castle News

August 15, 2013

Lawrence County Fair: Grampa George shows ’em how it’s done

Mary Grzebieniak
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — The real winner of the children’s bicycle races Wednesday was not a child and he didn’t win.

But the fact that George Brenneman, 84, of Princeton, got on a child’s bike and raced five other adults, some less than half his age, puts him in the winner’s circle, even if his own granddaughter beat him.

George placed third in a “Powderpuff” event made up of adult volunteers who raced on children’s bikes after the youngsters’ races were done. Brenneman said he keeps his bicycle skills honed by riding one to the mailbox each day.

“I’ve been blessed with good health,” he said.

And bicycling appears to be a family tradition. Four generations of Brenneman’s family were represented at the race Wednesday. They were his daughter, Georganne Monroy, 55; granddaughter, Billie Jo Pacifico, 35; and great-grandchildren, Bryan Bessell, 10, and Justis, Nevada and Jesse Pacifico, ages 11, 9 and 13. Justis placed third in his race and Billy Jo came in second among the adults.

The family members were among about 30 bicyclists ages 5 and up who got a chance to spin their wheels Wednesday in the grandstand.

District Judge David Rishel was in charge of the event and directed the bicyclists as they raced in various age groups. Then he invited any daring adults to come forward for a final race around the track on the children’s bikes.

Ribbons were awarded to the top three winners in each race, and all participants left with a Lawrence County Fair T-shirt and a ribbon for participating.

Rishel emphasized the event was about fun and safety. Every racer’s bike was checked before the race for proper tire inflation, a secure kickstand and working brakes. All entrants also were required to wear helmets. Winners were:

•5- to 7-year-olds, first group — Conner Mackrell, Portersville, first; Karah Deal, Pulaski, second; and Chase Kosciuszko, Edinburg, third.

•5- to 7-year-olds, second group — R.J. Kissick, Portersville, first; Marco Yannarella, New Castle, second; Dakota Anderson, New Castle, third.

•8- to 10-year-olds — Cameron Staples, Ellwood City, first; J.T. Norge, New Galilee, second; Cheyenne Clyde, Greenville, third.

•11- to 13-year-olds — Josh Sturgill, New Galilee, first; Brenden Cimperman, New Castle, second; Justis Pacifico, New Castle, third.

•Adult — Sherry Jones, New Castle, first; Billie Jo Pacifico, second; George Brenneman, third.