Tipping Point takes the trophy

Tavern waitstaff wins first Wine Race
By Shelby Harrell Staff Writer | Apr 26, 2014
Photo by: Shelby Harrell Jocelyn Fulton holds up the winning trophy while sharing a group hug with the rest of the team from Tipping Point Tavern. The Tipping Point team won the first Greater Waynesville Wine Race on Saturday afternoon.

Tipping Point Tavern put its name to the test during the first Greater Waynesville Wine Race on Saturday, and its waitstaff didn't disappoint.

During the race, teams competed in a short, but grueling one-block relay climb up Miller Street to Main Street and back down while carrying a tray of stemware filled with mock wine. Teams that spilled or dropped a glass were disqualified.

Tipping Point waitresses Janelle Trevino, Kelsey McDermott, Sarah Barnard and Jocelyn Fulton were celebrating in high spirits after their team was the first to complete the race and cross the finish line without a single tip of their tray.

"It was intense but we pulled it out," Trevino said just after the race.

"It was a lot of fun — we're definitely going to do it again next year as the returning champs," Fulton added. "It's fun and for a good cause. All the restaurants know each other and it's so fun to compete against each other."

In addition to Tipping Point, a waitstaff team from from Pasquale's Pizzeria and The Sweet Onion also competed. The registration fee was $25, and the money raised benefitted the West Haywood Relay for Life.

After the race, Tipping Point was awarded the winning gold trophy and pasquale's came in second place.

The Sweet Onion team, made up of Haley Kerby, Brian Kinder, Jenny Weaver and Ariel Rymer, started off with a strong lead in the race, but was disqualified after Kerby dropped a wine glass just before the finish. That was when Fulton grabbed the tray and bolted toward the finish line — wining the race.

Members of Pasquale's waitstaff were disappointed not to win the trophy, but they each agreed they wanted to compete again next year. The Pasquale's team included Mandy Temple, Alyssa Green, Nece Hedges and Greg Sessoms.

"It was a lot harder than I thought it would be," Temple said after the race.

"We're going to prepare — we want to get that trophy," added  Green. "We're going to work for it day and night."

The event was emceed by Rick Bohleber, the chairman for The West Haywood Relay for Life.

"It was a small event but we met our goal, which was to raise awareness for Relay for Life," he said. "We'll have 10 teams next year."

The Downtown Waynesville Association was a co-sponsor of the event. Buffy Phillips, executive director of the of the Downtown Waynesville Association, said she hoped to see the event return next year.

"We love partnering with other nonprofits," Phillips said. "It was great weather — I don't think the event will do anything but grow. It's a good way to focus on Relay for Life in downtown Waynesville."