Wednesday, June 20, 2012 | 2:38 p.m. CDT; updated 6:54 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 21, 2012

Editor's note: Missourian reporter Pavan Vangipuram has embarked on a venture to showcase the ways that summer is spent in Columbia.

A videographer, Pavan plans to cover picnics and concerts, day camps, swim meets and more. The purpose is to reveal how the range of activities mirrors the diverse interests in the community.

We call it "Summer in CoMo." Watch for more of his videos in the weeks ahead.

COLUMBIA — Skateboarders of all ages gathered at Cosmo Park in early June for the eighth annual Shred Fest.

Organized by Columbia Parks and Recreation, the event aimed to give Columbia's younger residents an opportunity to showcase their skateboarding skills and to promote helmet safety. Free helmets were distributed to all skaters, and they were strongly encouraged to wear them.

The event was organized to "promote safety and prevent brain injuries," said Erin Carrillo, who is with Columbia Parks and Recreation. Fun and exercise were secondary benefits.

Lance Rothenberger, a skater, said his favorite tricks were kick flips.

"If you can pop it really high, it feels so good just to catch it," he said.

Supervising editor is Jeanne Abbott.

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