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Hammer time at Davie's Olympiad Games

During Saturday's Olympiad Games at Davie's Bergeron Rodeo Grounds, rugged contestants will race with wheelbarrows, hurl plumbing tools at bull's-eyes, play horseshoe with toilet seats and build monuments from PVC pipe.

Rebuilding Together Broward's annual fundraising contest for construction workers, carpenters — anyone handy with a hammer, really — returns with eight Olympic-style categories, offering the promise of bragging rights and only minimal embarrassment.

"We have this one category where we attach a 5-gallon bucket of water between their legs, and they have to scootch it through an obstacle course," Sandra Einhorn, executive director of Rebuilding Together Broward, says with a laugh. "Between the clay and the water, it's not a pretty sight."

Competing Saturday are eight four-man teams, with each team's registration fee heading to the Oakland Park-based nonprofit's Safe and Healthy Homes Program, which supplies free home repairs to low-income elderly, the disabled and veterans.

The afternoon-long obstacle course pits tool-savvy warriors in contests such as Nail Driving Force, in which members must punch nails into plywood in the fewest number of strokes; and Material Monument Madness, where workers take 20 minutes to assemble a creative sculpture from all the tools accumulated throughout the day.

"If you want to better your chances of winning, the judges," Einhorn says, clearing her throat emphatically, "do accept bribes."

The Olympiad Games will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Bergeron Rodeo Grounds, 4271 Davie Road, in Davie. Admission is $7 for spectators, and includes barbecue lunch package, pie-eating contest and family activities. Call 954-772-9945 or go to and

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