Skaters from across the region will converge at the Brownwood Skate Park this Saturday for its inaugural skateboard contest from noon to 4 p.m.
    Skaters of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to compete in the event, which will include a regular timed run contest, a best trick competition and a game of “S.K.A.T.E.”
    Chick-fil-a, the event’s main sponsor, will have a food truck on site. A cash prize will be awarded to the best trick winner, and there will be lots of other prizes and giveaways for attendees.
    The event was organized primarily by 3M employee and skateboard enthusiast Adam Reimnitz, who got the idea while attending the X Games in Austin this summer. Reimnitz asked the X Games if they would donate any equipment for the new Brownwood Skate Park, which opened in July. To his surprise, they agreed.
    “I was like, ‘Oh, cool. They’re going to send some stickers or something,’” Reimnitz said. “And then it’s five boxes on a palette. I’m just like, ‘What did they send me?’ They sent me boxes of hats, sunglasses, boards and a ridiculous amount of promotional posters.”
    The merchandise will be part of the awards and giveaways during Saturday’s competition.
    Reimnitz said there would be divisions for beginners, intermediate skaters and expert riders during the event. “It’s something for everybody,” he said. “If all you can do is ride across the ground, hey, you can be in the beginner contest. It’ll be cool. We’re going to have some guys from Abilene and San Angelo that are going to be really good, and they’re going to tear it up in the top competition level. Some of them are going to be judging, too.”
    Reimnitz said the Primal Skateshop team from Abilene would be at the competition to judge events and do a demonstration.
    The regular competition on Saturday will involve timed runs. “You do the best things you can in that time period,” Reimnitz said. “It’ll be [judged on] use of the park, speed, creativity and difficulty of tricks.”
    The best trick competition winner will get a $100 cash prize donated by Chick-fil-a. Skater and Chick-fil-a employee Brent Gooch said his company was excited to sponsor the event. “We love being part of our community. Anytime there’s events, we try to be involved and support them. Most of the time they won’t happen without support.”
    Cotton Patch Cafe, Heff’s Burgers and Roberson Rent-All are also sponsoring the contest.
    Reimnitz said the “S.K.A.T.E.” competition would be just like P.I.G. or H.O.R.S.E. in basketball. “You go trick for trick,” he said.
    For Reimnitz, the contest represents an opportunity to build interest and enthusiasm for skating in the Brownwood community. He said he started skating about 17 years ago when he learned from neighborhood friends. “It almost seemed like they could defy physics,” he said. “Keep the board on their feet and manipulate it in interesting ways.”
    The Brownwood Skate Park gives Brown County the chance to defy physics, too.
    There will be no charge to enter the competition. The Brownwood Skate Park is located at Mayes Park across from East Elementary School in Brownwood.