Lake Clovers members bring gaga ball to Fair

Clarissa Hasty makes a move to hit the ball toward MacKenna (left) and Cheyenne Harle, while Carson Harle and Kara wait. Logan Legleiter watches from outside the pit. Photo by Kacey Ginn

This year, among all the other fun and attractions available at the Wright County Fair, a new free activity will be available: gaga ball, a game local kids and teens have enjoyed at different summer camps. The game will be set up thanks to two young ladies from the Lake Clovers 4-H Club: Kara Legleiter and MacKenna Hasty.

Gaga ball is a form of dodgeball played in an octagon-shaped arena or pit. Players—anywhere from two on up—start on the edge of the pit, and when the ball is bounced in at the start of play, players can hit the ball with an open hand toward other players. When the ball strikes a player’s legs, that player is out and must exit the pit. The game continues until all but one player is eliminated.

Legleiter, 14, said the game is fun and fast-paced, and a lot of kids can play at a time.

“It doesn’t take very long to get back in,” she said. “It’s a good way to meet new people, I think.”

After coming up with the idea to build the pit, Legleiter had to find a partner to help her, and asked fellow Lake Clovers club member, 12-year-old MacKenna Hasty. They also had to present the idea to the Fair board and wait for approval, and document their process to enter the gaga ball pit as a community project through 4-H.


For the full story, see the July 13 edition of the Monitor.