March 05: The Honeycomb Valley Athletic Festival (Pt.1)

The residents of Honeycomb Valley grew more and more excited by the day when March rolled around. March meant it was finally time for the long awaited Honeycomb Valley Athletic Festival in which local and foreign residents of all ages would compete in various sports.

Day 1: Arrivals of the foreign athletes

Mayor Henry had asked Honeycomb Valley’s biggest busybody most social resident, Patty, to welcome the foreign athletes to Honeycomb Valley and show them around town.
Patty being Patty took this job very seriously and dressed in the Honeycomb Valley’s town colours of orange and white, headed to the bus station early that March morning.


It was a good thing she left home early, because the bus from Bimlico was early as well and pulled in just as Patty arrived.


If any of the Bimlico residents was startled by the chattering blob of orange welcoming them to town, they didn’t show it. Instead they gracefully shook Patty’s hand and nodded their heads when she told them where the hostel was and that she would be there at 2:30 to start the tour around town.


Next, the bus from Sandy Valley arrived. Annie must have been surprised when this lady-in-orange welcomed her with two kisses on the cheek but she didn’t say.
(I was surprised, Annie and Patty had never met, but Patty greeted her with kisses. I’ve only seen this happen one time before and it was when Jacqueline greeted someone in Champs les Sims. It was like she knew Annie was originally French!)

SV arrivals

Jérémy also got welcomed with kisses, but these kisses were very much appreciated! Although, not so much by Erika, it seems. Maybe she doesn’t like public displays of affection?Jeremy arrival

Molly Hayes had not been on the bus from Bimlico. Luke and Susie had driven to Bimlico to pick up Molly’s horse Butter in the trailer, and Molly, not wanting to leave her horse with strangers, had been allowed to join them on the drive back.
Luke had also picked up Prince Noir from Sandy Valley a day earlier.


Aww, Molly and Butter are such good friends! Screenshot-24

Now that Molly had seen her horse was going to be well taken care of during their stay in Honeycomb Valley, Susie took her to the hostel where she’d be staying too.
Here, the athletes from Sandy Valley were already getting acquainted with the athletes from Bimlico. Allison seemed very interested in Billy..get acquainted

At 2:30 exactly, Patty gathered everyone in the lobby of the Rainbow Hostel to start her tour of Honeycomb Valley. “Make sure you keep an eye on me!” she told them. Well, Patty, you’re pretty hard to miss…


Molly was happy and excited to be here, even if she had to go on a tour with a lady in orange.


Johnathan and Rémi were less amused… But I think they hoped Patty would show them to the pub!


The first stop on the tour wasn’t a pub though, it was the City Hall. Patty shouted a bit of Honeycomb Valley history at the guests, but not everyone seemed interested.


Then, the group walked to the Parks of the Separated Sisters.


Here, Patty took the time to tell the urban legend of the sisters and how they got separated.parks

This story proved to be a bit too scary for Billy, who passed out. (He said it was because it was boring though, but I think he was just a bit of a coward 😉 )


Molly was still very happy and excited.


And Annie got totally caught up in the story.


Once the story was over, the group walked to the underground station to travel to Bumblebee Quarter.metro

Once there, Patty told them a bit about the history of this part of town, after which she left them to their own devices.


Ofelia immediately started mocking Erika. Don’t let her get to you too much, Erika, she can’t help it…


Joshua and Mary, neither of them sims who appreciate big groups of strangers, wandered off for some one on one time by the canals.


Rémi quickly found The Bumblebee and was so happy, he had a dance with bargirl Veronica.


Jérémy never even went along on the tour. For him, part of the whole purpose of coming to Honeycomb Valley was so he could hang out with his Sophie. They met in the playpark, where Esme and her cousin Isa were also hanging out.


This was unfortunate for our lovebirds, because Esme obviously immediately interfered in their rendezvous.


Thankfully, they were able to shake her off and spend some time together.


Day 2: The Honeycomb Valley Run

The next morning marked the start of the festival. The very first event would be the Honeycomb Valley Run. A run divided over three distances for three different age groups. The children, 5-11 years old, were up first. As you may remember from the apple bobbing at the last day of school past June, Ellie is very competitive and she was determined to win this run today. She got up early to make sure she was well prepared and finished her breakfast before her sister had even started.


Lots of people gathered for the opening of the festival. It was still quite cold this early spring morning, but hopefully the weather would pick up.


Mayor Henry opened the festival and introduced the judges/referees for the coming events:
Amelia Ward, professional swimmer, would judge swimming.
Dylan Stevens, professional football player, would judge football and basketball.
Christopher Brown, professional football player, would judge football and martial arts.
Luke Bennett, professional rider, would judge the equestrian event.


The rules of the event were as follows:
* Professional athletes are not allowed to compete in the sport they specialise in, but are allowed to compete in other sports.
* Any form of favouring of family members or loved ones by judges will be punished with a substantial fee.
* All sports will be played out as individual matches. This means that, even in team sports such as football and basketball, the games will be played by shootouts/contests between two sims.
* Any athlete caught cheating will immediately be disqualified.
* Walking out of a match for whatever reason will be considered forfeiting the game and the athlete in question will not be allowed to re-enter the match.

Then, the children gathered at the start for their run.


And they were off! And look who it is in leading position? It’s Ellie!!ellie ahead

The run for the little ones wasn’t very long, it stretched from the stadium, down the hill, to the corner at City Hall and then back up again to the stadium. So after about a half hour, the children were appearing again, heading for the finish line. Who would win it…?


And the winner is… ELLIE! She did it! The Chapman brothers also made the podium, with Riley coming in second and Tyler coming in third.ellie wins

Once all the kids were in, it was the teens’ turn. Jérémy was the first foreigner to participate in an event.


The teens had to run a bit further and soon the distance between them grew. When Trisha was still on her way to the corner where they had to turn back, Jérémy was already on his way up again.trisha jeremy

After 48.08 minutes, the first runner made it across the finish line. It was Ruby!


She was followed by Logan and then Jérémy.


Ellie seemed to think it was only right she won gold.


Jérémy wasn’t too bothered about this medal. After all, he came to win one in martial arts!


When the evening started to fall, all participants over 18 gathered at the start. It was a big group! Mary seemed very determined!


There they went! Abbey started off at slow abbey run

Andrew was very fast! He was already at the fire station…


…when the others were still making their way down the hill.


And when the others arrived at the firestation, Andrew was already at the beach…


It was no wonder Andrew was the first to cross the finish line, with a time of 46:06!


Lillian was very proud of her husband!


While Andrew was already putting on his coat, the rest of group had finally made it to the beach.


The race for second place was to be more exciting than the race for first. In the end, it was Evelyn who came in second, at 1:23:45.


And Mary was third, at 1:24:20.


Then the rest of the group followed quickly. Abbey was last, because she walked the entire way.


Of course, the winners of this run also got a medal. Mary was very excited about hers!


And so, the first event of the festival had taken place and everyone went home excited for what the next days would bring!

More sports in
part 2


It was a lot of fun to play the run. It really was all fair, all the runners started at the same time. But sims will be sims, so along the way, some stopped for a bit because there was another sim in front of them. Eventually they all continued. It was good to see Ellie win, even though she’s a blob of pixels, I really think she wanted this ;). Andrew was a HUGE surprise. He really was MILES ahead of the rest. And I hadn’t given him any other instructions! He just ran faster. Afterwards, I found out he has 10 athletic skills, probably from all those water sports he did in Isla Paradiso. Abbey made me laugh. I had told her to “jog here”, just like the rest of the group, but she refused to run. She just kept on walking, no matter what I did. It was probably a glitch, but it was funny regardless. Abbey doesn’t run. Hmmm, not sure this is a good quality for a cop…

7 thoughts on “March 05: The Honeycomb Valley Athletic Festival (Pt.1)

  1. The athletic festival!! I’ve been so excited for this!!!! 😀 *SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE*
    Hi there, Bimlico and Sandy Valley sims! *waves*
    Jeremy and Sophie are so cute! They are way too adorable! ❤
    It's a pity not everyone looks enthusiastic about the tour of the town, but at least some do! 😀
    Trust Remi to want to find the pub straight away! And that's so typical of him to find it and start dancing with the barmaid! 😛
    I SQUEEEE every time I see Jeremy and Sophie! ❤ They are just so sweet!!!
    Ellie's face at breakfast really tickles me. She looks so determined! 😀
    The race is about to start!!! *popcorn* The children look so adorable running down the hill!
    Go Ellie!!! You go, girl!
    Congratulations Ellie!! And yay for Jeremy coming third!!!! 😀
    Andrew completed that in an amazing time!! Well done Andrew!!!! 😀
    On to part two!! 😀


    • Hehe, I wasn’t expecting everyone to be enthusiastic to be honest. But Patty was determined!
      Ellie was awesome! She has so many fun characteristics which totally make her into the type of girl I imagine her to be, but aren’t really in her traits. I swear this game knows things…


  2. KIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIM’S STORY!!! aaaa, finally! I can read and comment!! *bounce high*
    HeLOOOOOOO Grand(Ma Patty!!!!! 😉

    AWWWW, I love that she is welcoming the guests in her orange suit!!! (I also love that you chose orange & white as Honeycomb Valley colors, it looks more dutch than never!!)
    Hello, people from Bimlico! Hello, people from Sandy Valley! I’m sure all our towns are not too far and at equal distances from each other. :p
    Ahaha, that’s so cute that Patty kissed Annie! Some of my Sims do have the french trait, indeed. It’s a lovely gesture from Patty to make Annie feel comfortable! 😀
    Hey, Sophie and Jérémy!!!

    Awwwwwww, that’s so adorable that Molly didn’t want to leave her horse! So cute also that Susie drove with Luke to pick the horses!

    *cough-cough* Allison, honey, I totally get your interest in Billy, he’s so awesome… BUT you have a boyfriend at home, babe. :p
    Aha, I love that Patty has organized a tour of the city!!! She never “half-makes” the things, huh, it’s till the end!!!
    *chuckle* @ my guys… Yessss… I can imagine them not sharing Molly’s enthusiast at an organized tour… (ooooh, by the way, Kim, Johnathan loved the scarf he bought himself in Honeycomb Valley, it fits him so perfectly, but he might have forgotten it in the bus to come back home… Do you know where he could find a new one, please? *flirty*)
    Billy seems quite scared by the visit too. Ahaha, and a megaphone now!!! *lol*
    Ahahaa, I KNEW Billy was scared!!! Poor guy!!! Annie seems to have been impressed, indeed!
    Ah, I guess my Sims thought that all the underground stations of the universe looked the same… *giggle*
    Ahah, I love how Ofi is inappropriate, and not necessaryly “in a good way”! *lol* What a character!
    A bit swoon at Joshua and Mary!
    Okay, Rémi seems to have found back his smile… It’s a very sexy bargirl that you have over there, I must say!
    Another swoon at Sophie and Jérémy. I’m still amazed how things are getting serious between these two!

    AAAAAhaha, I LOVE Ellie’s determined look at the breakfast! Guys, be prudent, I wouldn’t be surprised if that little one didn’t trip somebody up to be sure to win!!
    AH; and she won!!!! Without making anyone falling!!! *giggle* Good girl!
    Oh my dear, Kim, that run in the town (HELLO BIKE SHOP!!!!) is amazing. It’s so lovely to see your town that way! Also, I admire your patience here, because I know how it can be “silly” to make Sims running (or walking. Oh dear, the hair I lost with a simple Carnaval defile!). You are purely awesome, the result is breathtaking! And all the tiny details you went with, by giving proper T-Shirts with numbers to everyone. Wow. I understand it was so hellish to organize, my lovley!!
    (and a stand of bottles of water!!! That’s so neat! I could go on and go on with details like these, as they’re just thousands!!! It’s amazing!)
    AHhaa, Abbey!! That girl makes me laugh!!! You rock, girl, you’re not a sheep, show your difference! *lol*
    CONGRATULATIONS, everyone!! (and mostly Kim, guys, even if you were the ones who ran! ;))
    Stunning, stunning first part!!!
    Running to part 2!


    • I wasn’t originally intending for Honeycomb Valley to have Dutch colours, but when you told Sara and I about dressing your Sims in town colours, I thought that was such a great idea so I had to pick colours too. Since the seats in the stadium were already orange and white I decided to go with those. And yes, you’re right, it was also very Dutch, which to me was a fun extra fact!

      Annie has a hidden French trait! Yes! That explains it! Annie looked surprised though when Patty kissed her on the cheek. I loved it. It was so something Patty would do!

      Aww, no worries, Allison has been good. She only flirted with Billy that once, but never let it go any further. She didn’t cheat on Ambroise!

      I will contact the buscompany to see if they found the scarf and send it to you! If not, I’ll mail you the address of the store where he got it. 😉

      All underground station look the same, *nods* that’s it. 🙂

      Hahahaha @ your comment about Ellie tripping someone to win. She would have done! Maybe she did, even, I didn’t watch them all the way. 😉

      Making the teens and adults run was not too bad, you can queue up the “jog here” commands, so they run to point A first, then to B, then to C and so on. But you do have to activate them all first to give the commands. Then I just released pause and they were off.
      Abbey was the best! She walked ALL the way!


  3. YES!! Finally I have a moment to sit down and read your awesome Athletic Festival!!!!

    Omg, Patty on her scooter is fantastic!!
    Yaaaay, my simmies arrives *tearyeyes*
    :-O Patty has secret powers, I think!! How absolutely awesome that she greeted Annie with kisses (hehe, I was about to write “French kisses”… that would have been weird…)
    Aaaw, the young lovers reunion ❤

    Ohh, Molly and Butter will have such a great time in Hoeycomb Valley! I really love your idea with Luke and Susie picking up the horses *sigh*

    Uh-oh, Allison and Billy *giggle*
    And Annie and Shannon, I could see them being friends 😀

    LOL @ Patty (I love her!). I'm sure she gave a fantastic tour of the town! (The Park of the Separated Sisters looks gorgeous!! I'm hoping for a tour 😉 )
    Aahahahaha, Billy is such a drama queen 😛

    Your underground stations is amazing, Kim!!

    *facepalm* Ofelia!! Typical *giggle*
    Aaaaawwww, and how very Joshua/Mary to go hang by themselves… How cute!! (and what surroundings!!!)

    Ohh, poor lovebirds being interrupted by Esme *giggle*

    Yeah, the RUN! Look at the Griffiths family all dressed up and ready for the run! (You are brilliant, Kim! I can't imagine how much time this must have taken, to change everyone's outfits, but it's darn brilliant!!)

    WOW, and the judges' stand looks fantastic!! (And the white/orange flags…!!)

    GOOOOO ELLIE!! Those pictures are awesome, Kim!

    Haha, Jérémy really stands out from the crowd there *giggle* WELL DONE, RUBY!!!

    Oh, gosh, the podium is brilliant too, Kim!! W-O-W!!

    YEAH, Mary, you go beat all these young 'uns!! *lol* Wow, it really looks fantastic with all those sims running, I'm completely in awe of how you played this, Kim!

    Well done, Andrew, you really deserved that win!!
    YES, medal for Bimlico, wooooo!!!!
    (omg, Abbey is fantastic for refusing to run *rofl*)

    Gosh, Kim, I really LOVED this, I'm so excited for part2!!


    • SARAAA!!! I missed you!!

      *Lol* @ French kisses, I almost used that term a few times and was then thought, oh wait, no…

      The Parks of the Separated Sisters are actually two parks, divided by the theater. The parks are mirror images of one another, just like the statues of the sisters who were separated. There’s one in each park.
      Billy cracked me up there! 😀

      My underground station is a Sandy knock off 😉 Like many things in HV. So all credit goes to her!

      Ellie was the best! 😀

      The podium probably wouldn’t have been there if it hadn’t been for the Winter Olympics which were going on as I was setting up the event. I watched the Dutch speedskaters at the olympics and therefore saw the podium a lot. So I figured I had to build one too.

      Mary was a great winner! She really worked hard for that!


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