Cheer Competition Draws Thousands
Next week the best of the best in Hudson Valley cheer will gather for the 68th annual Westchester County Cheerleading Invitational. The competition will host several schools from the Mid-Hudson Valley including many from Dutchess County.
According to Charlie Cornacchio of Hudson Valley News Network large schools such as Arlington, John Jay, Ketcham and Spackenkill will attend the two-day event as well as some smaller local high schools and middle schools. The competition is expected to bring out more than 1,000 cheerleaders from the lower and Mid-Hudson Valley regions. For many schools the invitational will be their last formal competition of the year.
Although the event is now in it's 68th year it's only been a state competition for a short time. Cheerleading became a sanctioned sport just three years ago, this will be the second year that the New York State Public High School Association will hold the event as a state championship. Meets will take place January 25th and 26th at the Westchester County Center, competitions will begin at 4 p.m. both nights.
Thinking about heading out to support your teams? Here's some helpful information. Admission for spectators is $8 for adults, $5 for students with school I.D. and $5 for children under 12. And parking at the Westchester County Center is $10. For more information on the event visit www.countycenter.biz or call 914-995-4050.