Dozens Turn Out for The Nook's First Skateboarding Competition in Jefferson City
JEFFERSON CITY - Dozens of people turned out Saturday afternoon in the capital city to watch and compete in a skateboarding competition in Washington Park.
The Nook, a skate shop and tattoo parlor owned by Eric Williams, has been open for about two years and hosted its first competition. Williams said it was high time there was a skate competition in Jefferson City.
"It's been a few years since we've had a skate comp in Jeff City, and that's kinda why I decided to do it," Williams said. "Let's do a skate comp. Good turnout, beautiful day."
Williams also helped bring about the creation of the skate park back when he was in the ninth grade.
"We started a petition, took it to Parks and Rec," Williams said. "I just remember going to the City Council meetings and trying to get it going. Then they built it and here we are."
One young skateboarder Manny Maire said he thinks the competition will be good for the skate park.
"I'm glad a lot of people came," Maire said. "I think you get kids into skateboarding, more people to start coming up here, and we could get more parts to this park. It's small."
The event also featured live music and BBQ for those in attendance.