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  • Gus Macker Basketball tourney kicks off Friday

  • The Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament arrives in Palmyra this weekend, but there’s a lot more to the event than basketball.In a nutshell WHAT Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament WHEN Friday through Sunday, June 14 through 16 WHERE...
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  • The Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament arrives in Palmyra this weekend, but there’s a lot more to the event than basketball.
    The Gus Macker is open to all age groups from 10 and under to 40 and up. No experience is needed, the only requirement is that everyone has a good time playing or watching the 3-on-3 basketball games at the Palmyra Community Center and taking part in the variety of community activities happening during the event.
    The festivities
    Basketball is just one part of the Gus Macker weekend. Tournament organizer Vicki Record said festivities are for all the visitors coming to the tournament. Guests are expected to arrive in Palmyra from throughout the Rochester region. There will be plenty of food and entertainment.
    Community festivities kick off on Friday at 6 p.m., when everyone can take part in the foul shooting contest for a chance to win cash prizes. Pay just $1 for five shots and the top-two foul shooters win cash. After, dance the night away at the Community Barn Dance where a DJ will play music for all ages to enjoy.  
    At the fairgrounds, vendors will be set up from area organizations, including Rotary, the Lions Club and American Legion. The Central Western AAU 11th grade boys will be holding a fundraiser raffle and bounce house to help support their trip to the nationals in Orlando, Fla. The Palmyra-Macedon junior class will have a dunking booth as one of their class fundraisers where anyone can stop by to take a shot at dunking one of the class members.
    Throughout the weekend, the Wayne County Explorers will be helping out as needed, and the Safe Child Operation booth will be set up for parents to get identification for their children.
    The fun continues on Saturday, June 15 with opening ceremonies at 8 a.m. at the Wayne County Fairgrounds on Jackson Street, just behind the PCC. Bailey Morrison of Macedon will perform the National Anthem, followed by a performance by the Towpath Fife and Drum Corps. At noon, pay one dollar to take part in the three-point shooting contest for cash prizes for the top two shooters and enjoy a special appearance from Jason McElwain, better known as J-Mac. The Palmyra-Macedon JV cheerleaders will perform at the Palmyra Community Center following the three-point shooting contest. At 3 p.m., the Wayne County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit will hold a demonstration at the fairgrounds.
    A 5 p.m., a slam dunk contest will be held. Pay a dollar to try your hand at a slam dunk. This time, the audience will rate each contestant’s performance and the fan favorites will win cash prizes. At 7 p.m., there will be music and a bonfire at the fairgrounds. John Denniston will perform, followed by the Flint Creek band.
    Page 2 of 2 - Festivities come to an end Sunday, June 16 with wheelchair games at noon on the top men’s court at the PCC. Tournament play will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The village will also host Music in the Park from 2 to 4 p.m.
    The tournament
    The first Gus Macker tournament was in 1974, started by Scott McNeal (alias Gus Macker) on his parents’ driveway basketball court in Lowell, Mich. From its meager beginnings with 18 friends playing competitively for $18, the event has grown to over 75 communities and with over 200,000 players and 1.7 million spectators.
    Team arrival registration begins from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 14. Games will be played throughout the weekend. Record said they have 86 teams signed up to play with a total of 344 players The tournament will have four courts inside and 16 outside where teams will compete in their age division, boys and girls. Play lasts for 25 minutes or until one team scores 15 points. Each team is guaranteed at least three games, and even if a team doesn’t win, they can still win an award.
    Trophies are given out in each division to first, second and third place winners. A sportsman award is given, and losing teams go on to battle it out for the coveted toilet bowl award. Everyone who registers receives a free T-shirt.
    This year’s tournament is sponsored by Tops, with local sponsors Newark-Wayne Community Hospital with the medical tent, Custom 31 Graphics and Kids Out and About out of Rochester. The PCC is also a main sponsor. Bracket tent sponsor is Sutherland Group and special event sponsor is Alpco Recycling. Media sponsor is Messenger Post Media. Court sponsors are Palmyra Dentist, VanBortel Chevrolet, VanParys Insurance, Foley & Foley law offices, A.E.Y. Enterprises, Bob’s Factory Outlet and Morell’s Car Wash.
    In a nutshell
    WHAT Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament
    WHEN Friday through Sunday, June 14 through 16
    WHERE Palmyra Community Center and Wayne County Fairgrounds
    MORE INFO www.macker.com
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