The Greater Wyalusing Chamber of Commerce threw a party Saturday for women to shop, eat and learn more about football.

The second annual Gridiron for Girls event, held in the chamber of commerce building's Tuscarora Wayne Community Room, featured a presentation from Linc Welles, a former World Football League player who now teachers and volunteer coaches at Wyalusing Valley High School.

Welles talked about the basic principles of defense and running plays, answered questions and asked the about 50 women in attendance a couple of questions about strategy.

The event also featured 17 vendors and wine tastings held by Grovedale Winery and Hidden Creek Winery. Tailgate food was supplied by the Wyalusing Hotel, Connie's Market and Tina Champluvier as well as the event's sponsor, The Ram Zone.

The event has grown in its second year, said Wendy Gaustad, the chamber's executive director. More women attended this year's event, and the amount of vendors doubled. "Last year, we only had six vendors," she said.

Each participant received a T-shirt, sponsored by P&G Credit Union, and a football-shaped bag. Each of the vendors also provided a door prize for a drawing at the end of the day, Gaustad said.

Chamber president Carol Goodman said the program was inspired by a similar event held by the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce, where Goodman's daughter is the executive director. Their event has become popular, drawing between 300 and 400 women each year, Goodman said.

"We don't make a lot of money" on Gridiron for Gals, she said, "but it's a fun event."

Chamber officials organized the event with the help of Wyalusing Valley High School senior Onalee Ekenstierna, who is helping to plan chamber events for her senior project, Gaustad said.

The event is "lighthearted and friendly," Goodman said. "We really have a fun time."

Suki Burgess of Wyalusing said she looked forward to sharing her newfound football knowledge with her husband.

The event was "quite ridiculous," she said, "but it was fun."

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