Peninsula College to be in the spirit for Pete’s Week

PORT ANGELES — A hypnotist show, a food-eating contest, a giant inflatable and black light dodgeball are the main events of Peninsula College’s annual Pirate Pete’s Week celebration, which kicks off Tuesday with a hypnotist show for the community.

Pirate Pete’s Week is the college’s annual celebration of school spirit. It dates back to the founding of Pirate Pete as the school’s mascot when the college opened in 1961 – and the birth of athletics in 1963, said Kari Desser, public information officer.

A family-friendly hypnotist show with Kevin Wolfe is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Little Theater at the Port Angeles campus, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd. The event is free for students, and by donation for the community.

“Our student programmers really wanted a hypnotist show as part of Pete’s Week,” said Rick Ross, associate dean for athletics and student life.

The annual College Cuisine Food Eating Contest is set for 12:40 p.m. Wednesday in the Pirate Union Building.

It challenges students to gobble down food that is common to college students in rounds that eventually determine a champion.

The week also includes a home Pete’s Week basketball doubleheader on Wednesday, where the Pirates take on the Skagit Valley, beginning at 5 p.m. for the women’s teams and 7 p.m. for the men’s teams.

On Thursday, the cafeteria will be taken over by a giant inflatable for Hippo Chow Down, where participants will be strapped to bungee cords in a contest that involves speed, strength and agility. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Pete’s Week shenanigans conclude Friday with a 16-team black light dodgeball event in the Pirate gymnasium, starting at 5:30 p.m.

Participation is limited to students, but the competition is open to spectators, free of charge.

The final match will happen at about 7:30 p.m.

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