Brandon Nop, 21, from Renton, catches big air Saturday afternoon during the 3rd Annual Fill In The Blank Jam sponsored by Joy Ride Bicycle Shop in Lacey.

More than 32 BMX riders from around the region took to the Yelm skatepark Saturday afternoon for the third annual Fill In The Blank jam, sponsored by Joy Ride Bicycle Shop in Lacey. 

From 10 to 33 years old, riders drove out to the small Thurston County town for the jam and competed for a variety of awards and bragging rights. 


BMX riders from around Puget Sound watch as riders dip in Saturday at the Yelm skatepark.

Trout Clinton, the event organizer with Joy Ride, said the competition is always a great time for riders. He said that everyone enjoys the supportive and competitive atmosphere. 

“No one is on their phones. Everyone’s cheering each other on,” he said. 

The city of Yelm has also been very supportive of the event and with helping them set up shop, Clinton said.


Colton Edmiston, 23, of Olympia, rides out of the bowl at the Yelm skatepark on Saturday.

“By far, this is the town that has been super into this type of stuff,” Clinton said. 

The event is hosted at a new location each year and this is the first time Yelm hosted the competition. 

Hot dogs and refreshments were served to attendees. Riders competed for prizes in a variety of tricks, such as the best run, rail, vert, foot down and high hop. There was also an ugly bike prize and secret BMX giveaway. 


24-year-old Ryan Stevens from Tacoma finds momentum Saturday afternoon. Stevens was one of 32 BMX riders that stopped by the Yelm skatepark for the 3rd Annual Fill In The Blank jam.

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