Go Mascot crazy at Theatre District’s Olympic event

Last year's Mascot Olympics
Last year's Mascot Olympics
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THE line-up of events for this year’s Mascot Olympics and Family Day has been announced.

The fun day, which takes place this Saturday (June 16), will take place in Central Milton Keynes.

As well as entertaining visitors the event will raise money for Visually Impaired Children Taking Action (VICTA).

In the year of the Olympics, the opening ceremony will begin at 10.30am on the grass area at the Theatre District where over 20 mascots from around the country, as well as Milton Keynes’ very own, will gather to start a parade around the District.

This is a great chance to meet some of the UK’s biggest characters before heading to the first event; the Toboggan Plunge.

A marching band will lead the contenders over to the SNO!zone in the Xscape for an 11am start where mascots will compete to be the fastest down the slopes. Packed with mischief and mayhem, this event is destined to be a great spectacle for everyone before heading back to the Theatre District for event two; Shot Put.

At about 11.45am, this truly Olympic event will wean out the weaklings as the Shot Put distance will decide the winner.

The third event is the traditional Race through the Theatre District at 12.15pm. It’s not as simple as running from A to B as each mascot will be handicapped and thrown challenges to make them work extra hard.

From 1pm the mascots will break for lunch and refresh themselves, with watchers given the chance to do the same. Many of the Theatre District’s restaurants are putting on special deals to support this event – visit www.theatredistrict.co.uk for the latest offers.

During lunch families can also enjoy a whole range of entertainment from a funfair to games and activities, including ‘build a giant’, dance acts, free-running workshops, jousting displays or funfair games like splat-the-rat, tombola and raffles.

At 2pm the action starts again with a Long Jump. Each mascot will have three turns to make their longest jump.

The penultimate event is a Joust at 2.45pm. This one-on-one event is a test of balance and strength – and often the referee’s nerves.

Last but certainly not least is the Obstacle Course at about 3.15pm. This is hailed as the most popular event of the day and rightly so. With around ten different obstacles to climb over, duck under, dribble through and shoot at, this is a real crowd-pleaser.

The final presentation of medals and trophies will take place at about 4pm and the Mascot Champion of 2012 will be revealed.

Theatre District spokesman Sara Mills said: “The Mascot Olympics has become the biggest calendar event for mascots around the country with characters coming from as far as Hull.

“On this day there is something for everyone and it makes a great day out for the family, plus you are supporting a wonderful local charity.”

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