Skaters get free helmets at "Shred Fest"
COLUMBIA - At "Shred Fest," a local skateboarding competition, keeping participants safe was a top concern. An organization provided free helmets to help.
Parks and Recreation held the 15th annual Shred Fest Saturday afternoon at Cosmo Park, and it was mandatory for all participants to wear helmets.
Cindy Frerking, a member of the Pilot Club of Blue Springs, said she helps with the cause for the participants' safety.
"It feels good because you know you're helping to keep them safe," she said.
The Pilot Club of Blue Springs has given out free helmets to participants in Columbia Parks and Recreation's "Shred Fest" almost every year for the last 13 years. This is the Pilot Club's last year to give back since the club is disbanding.
Without the club, no organization will be giving out helmets to the participants in Shred Fest next year, unless another organization steps up.
Leanna Clayton, another member of the Pilot Club of Blue Springs, said teaching the importance of wearing a helmet is important.
"We need to take all the steps that we can to protect our brains, so when you get my age, then you're not dealing with a lot of injuries," she said.
The Pilot Club also fit the helmets on each participant. Clayton said the helmets could be used for bicycling too.