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Ridge Riot 3 set for May 17

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By Ryan Naus

Roy Lester has seen the Ridge Riot rocket in popularity and interest.

Ridge Riot is a skateboarding exhibition at the skate park in Dry Ridge, featuring friendly competition.

Lester, owner of the Ridge Skate Shop in Dry Ridge and host of the event, is looking forward to the event’s third year, which will be held on May 17. Registration takes place at 2 p.m. with a fee of $10. The competition will start at 4 p.m. Ridge Riot is sponsored by the Golden Art Project and the Ridge Skate Shop.

“We’ve had a lot more time to plan and the experience of the previous two to know what to expect,” Lester said. “It helps it launch a little more smoothly and hopefully land a little more smoothly.”

Lester encourages people to come out because admission is free and the event showcases local skaters.

“They will see a lot of skill, a lot of performance, a lot of heart and lot of skaters having good, safe fun,” Lester said. “I believe it will be our best one yet and I can’t wait to see the turnout we’ll have.”

Happy to see local youth pick up the sport, Lester is reminded of when he first picked up a skateboard.

“It’s special for me because I was young and skated in high school, but now I’m in a position of owning a shop and hosting an event for all the people I was when I was younger,” Lester said. “It’s the most exciting thing I get to do all year.”

Last year, about 55 skateboarders took part in Ridge Riot, while over 350 people came to watch. This year, the prize for advanced skateboarders is $500, while $100 goes to the performer who does best in the bowl. In the beginners and intermediate skill competition, winners will be rewarded with a deck.