Plastic peaches taking a plunge

As a fundraiser for Palisade High School’s Knowledge Bowl team, members are planning a Palisade Peach Plunge this Saturday at Riverbend Park. They hope to make enough money to travel to the national tournament. Two thousand plastic peaches will take the place of typical rubber ducks in the race. Shown above at Palisade High School are Knowledge Bowl coach Heather Huntley, center, with team members Lauren Restivo, left, and Flynn O’Neill.

The fate of the Palisade High School Knowledge Bowl team is tied to 2,000 plastic peaches.

The team will float the peaches, which cost $5 for one or $10 for three, down the Colorado River at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Palisade Peach Plunge to raise money for a trip to nationals. The faux fruit will be launched from Riverbend Park.

The team, now in its third year, qualified for nationals this spring and the previous spring with a first-place finish in its class and a second-place finish overall at the state Knowledge Bowl tournament.

But the team could not afford to attend a national competition either year.

“I think that to some people it’s a little disappointing we don’t have that opportunity, but it makes us want it even more and makes us want to fundraise more than schools that have things paid for,” said junior Palisade High Knowledge Bowl team member Laura Borovilos.

The team has sponsored a car wash and will sell trivia sheets for $2 to $10 at this weekend’s Palisade Peach Festival. But they needed more activities to reach the $12,000 needed to attend a national tournament. Students decided to add a Palisade-friendly twist to the idea of having a rubber duck race and switched ducks for peaches.

The peaches will be hemmed in by a makeshift bumper of pool noodles, according to Palisade High Knowledge Bowl coach Heather Huntley, who teaches math at the school.

The peaches will be funneled into a boat launch area, and the first 15 peaches to reach the finish line will earn the peaches’ owners a prize.

Prizes include a two-night stay at Wine Country Inn; a bottle of Mesa Vineyards wine; and gift cards to Palisade Cafe, Slice O’ Life Bakery, Wendy’s, Red Lobster, Chili’s, Taco Bell, Outback Steakhouse, Chipotle and Valley Grown Nursery.

Winners will be announced at the race but do not need to be present to claim a prize.

Peaches can be purchased beforehand at Gene Taylor’s, Palisade Co-op Country, Roasted Espresso & Subs, and at the farmers market in downtown Grand Junction.


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