Pole vaulters will join in Lyndonville’s Fourth of July celebration

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 3 July 2013 at 12:00 am

Jenn Suhr will vault at White Birch for fourth time

Photo by Tom Rivers – Jenn Suhr clears the bar in this pole vault at the White Birch Golf Course on May 31. Suhr has the highest outdoor mark in the world this year, which she established at the White Birch.

LYNDONVILLE – Fireworks won’t be the only thing taking to the Lyndonville sky on the Fourth of July.

A group of pole vaulters, including reigning national champ and Gold Medalist Jenn Suhr, are coming back to Lyndonville, this time for the community’s biggest celebration.

Suhr and many of the top male and female vaulters in the region will compete at the White Birch Golf Course beginning at 4 p.m. This will be Suhr’s fourth competition at the White Birch since May 31. The White Birch is owned by her brother-in-law Harold Suhr.

Jenn won the national title last month, clearing 15 feet, 5 inches in Des Moines. She went over 16 feet, 1 inches at one of the sanctioned events at the White Birch – the year’s highest outdoor mark in the world.

She is gearing up for the world championships next month. She will compete in Moscow on the home turf of two-time Olympic gold medalist Yelena Isinbayeva.

The vaulting competition at the White Birch is part of packed day of events in Lyndonville for the Fourth of July. The patriotic celebration includes a parade on Main Street at noon and fireworks at 10 p.m.

Other events include an arts and crafts show from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the school front lawn; chicken barbecue from 1 to 5 p.m. in school cafeteria; bounce house for kids from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; WNY Garden Tractor Pull from 1 to 4 p.m. on Housel Avenue; Lions vision screening for children 6 and younger from 1 to 3 p.m.; ice cream eating contest at 2 p.m.; Orleans Hospice Duck Race at 3 p.m.; and the “Happy Endings” Band from 7 to 10 p.m. in the high school parking lot.