RIDGEWOOD, N.J.–Excitement is in the air for the 19th annual Ridgewood Lacrosse Day.
"Lax Day" is hosted by the Ridgewood Lacrosse Association and will take place at the high school stadium field on April 30.
“Right before ‘Lax’ Day, there’s lots of anticipation… You make plans with your friends about what you are going to do for the [entire] day," said Caroline McCormack, an eighth grader, at a recent practice.
Fellow eighth grader Cailin Bracken said she enjoys “seeing the whole town together, playing lacrosse together and hanging around together.”
Added Peyton Barksdale: “I like that I get to play lacrosse in front of everyone, like friends and family from town."
The day kicks off with the opening festivities: the singing of the National Anthem by sixth grader Paisley Tornatore, and a parade around the RHS stadium field featuring the village's youth players.
Games start at 8 a.m.
Both Cascade and Maverick Lacrosse companies, equipment and apparel manufacturers, will host a "Fastest Shot" competition.
But there's more to the day than just lacrosse – there's face painting, inflatable rides, concessions, and a kids' craft table.
“[I like that] all of Ridgewood comes together to celebrate one thing,” said eighth grader Stephen Bicks.
“I really like the food, especially the hot dogs," Nathan Kim said.
A new addition to Lax Day is the "Best Spirit Award" created by Nicole Merrick, the parade committee chairperson.
The two teams – one boys, one girls – with the most creativity and spirit will receive an exclusively-designed Ridgewood Lacrosse bucket hat.
"[It's] like waiting for a holiday to arrive," said Nancy Kennedy, the co-chair of the Lacrosse Day committee. "It’s a full day of lacrosse with some added fun things for the kids to do…That’s it, nothing more, nothing less…just a day of lax.
“A day like no other...”
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