"Everybody gets exposed to different things they might not watch normally," said Butch Hills, who is running the state championships for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission wrestling.
"Normally when we do our Jiu-Jitsu competitions, they're inside," Hills said, "so this is really unique."
The Glennon family of Kansas City travels across the country racing Jet Skis. John Glennon said he is proud to watch his two daughters follow in his footsteps. Jessie, 11, and Anna, 17, started racing competitively more than a year ago and haven't looked back since.
"I already started school, but I haven't gone to school yet," Jessie said. "It's actually really great, because I kind of like missing school."
In her most recent race, in Wisconsin, Jessie picked up a new sponsor and, this weekend, she was asked to join her dream racing team -- Kawasaki.
She said she usually talks to herself during races, to stay focused.
"It gets my mind off the fact the I'm going over really big waves and stuff," she said. "It's kind of my solution, some Jet Skiers have lucky pants."
Next year, the event will expand even more, Carney said, adding a CrossFit event, a distance skateboarding competition, and possibly the Dirty Girl Mud Run.
"We make unique events out of the space that we have," Carney said.
Reach Caitlin Cook at caitlin.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.