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Annual Louie Vito Rail Jam takes place

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The 14th annual Louie Vito Rail Jam at Mad River Mountain brought over a hundred people out to enjoy the slopes and meet a local idol: professional snowboarder Louie Vito. The 14th annual Louie Vito Rail Jam at Mad River Mountain brought over a hundred people out to enjoy the slopes and meet a local idol: professional snowboarder Louie Vito.

It was a great day for snowboarding in Valley Hi, Ohio on Saturday (12/30/2017) but it was not just the slopes and the snow that brought people out. The 14th annual Louie Vito Rail Jam at Mad River Mountain brought over a hundred people out to enjoy the slopes and meet a local idol: professional snowboarder Louie Vito.

"He grew up in this town, he graduated a few years before I did so, of course, hometown advantage," says Caleb Lange, one of the excited snowboarders who came out to see Vito.

The event is unique in that participants can enter for the price of a $10 donation or a non-perishable food item, all benefiting the St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry. Vito says the day is for the competition, but that's really second to many of the snowboarders.

"You have a snowboarding contest so people have something fun to go do on the mountain, you know, just something fresh and new," says Vito. "And everybody here has done a great job knowing it is a contest but at the same time snowboarding's built so much on just riding with your friends and pushing each other that way, and then you're donating to a good cause."

People come out to help those in need and to snowboard with their friends, and then there are those who chose to participate for fellow snowboarders who cannot, like Erin Johnson is.

"I decided since last year I placed second I was going to try to go for first this year, and a friend of mine who snowboarded passed back in May, so I'm doing it in honor of her today," says Johnson.

And for Vito, it is nice to be back at the place he started at.

"For me to come back, it's like flashback, you know I see these young kids and it's funny to think back to when I was their age and snowboarding here every single day," says Vito. "I always tell people I feel like Mad River and Bellefontaine, Columbus area, it helped create the person I am, and the snowboarder I am."

 

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