A vinyl-palooza broke out Saturday on A.O. Jones Boulevard.
Thousands dipped, darted and doubled together down 1,000 feet of slippery wetness, as Slide the City visited Fort Mill. The giant slip-sliding event was the closest to Charlotte this year for Slide the City, drawing guests from the region.
“It was fun,” said Joe Garbus, who visited from Charlotte with Gina Cuza and Allie Anderson. “You just gotta get that running start to get going.”
Garbus heard about the event on Facebook. Britney Martin, also from Charlotte, brought 6-year-old Zyan to slide after a co-worker told her about it. Martin said she already has plans for a later event in Salisbury, N.C. Among some of the first ones down, Zyan Martin had more immediate plans. He wanted a second ride.
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“It was fun,” Zyan Martin said.
Locals spent time on the slide, too. Many of them did it for a cause. Slide the City partners with local organizations to raise funds for groups that provide volunteers. Chris Gerhart, whose wife Carresa coaches the Nation Ford High School dance team, served as a turbo charger.
“We are unclogging riders,” said Gerhart, positioned in a strategically shady spot in the middle, where the relatively flat ride lost a little momentum. “They are coming down, they get jammed up in some of these spots and we go in and get the ride going again.”
The earliest riders needed a little more help. As the water flowed and the volunteers perfected their slingshot assists, riders quickened their paths to the pool at the bottom.
“They’re definitely speeding up,” Gerhart said.
An estimate of how many riders participated wasn’t available on Saturday. More than 2,000 preregistered for the event.
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