Aspenfest to showcase local gymnasts

By Todd Fuqua

Athletics of a different sort will be on display this weekend, as Ruidoso Gymnastics Association plays host to the 25th annual Aspenfest meet, Nov. 4 and 5 at its gym on La Canada Road in Ruidoso Downs.

Amy Eggleston, director of Ruidoso Gymnastics, will preside over two days of competition featuring more than 300 athletes from associations in New Mexico and Texas.

“That’s a record,” Eggleston said of the total turnout. “There’s just more kids doing gymnastics now, and it’s a nice time of year to come to Ruidoso.”

Competition starts with Level 2 on Saturday morning, 8 a.m., and continues throughout the day. In each level, there are four competitions – floor, bars, beam and vault.

Awards are given out for each event, as well as for the overall point total.

“We give away carved bears instead of medals, so people look forward to getting one of those,” Eggleston said. “It’s different from other competitions.”

Eggleston has no students at Level 2, so there won’t be any local competitors on the floor until about 11:15 a.m. on Saturday.

While it may be their home gym, Ruidoso’s athletes will face some stiff competition from all the other gyms.

“There’s some really good teams coming in from Albuquerque, El Paso and Lubbock,” Eggleston said. “I’ve got some kids that have potential, but they’ll be nervous as this will be their first competition.”

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