Despite different date, annual cardboard classic remains popular

Dennis Mansfield, Contributing Writer

Photo courtesy of David McVaugh Sr. 

Organizers were hoping to set a new participation record of 71 entries for this year's event, but were thrilled with 50 participants who competed for a variety of prizes on Saturday.



FIFE LAKE – It seems as if there’s nothing that can stop the annual Carly’s Hill Snow Fun Day Cardboard Classic. Not even having to reschedule the community gathering held at the Springfield Township Park and Recreation Area.

That’s exactly what happened, when sub-zero temperatures forced organizers to postpone the event from its original date of Jan. 26 to Feb. 2. Despite the change, an estimated 250 people and 50 colorful and creative entries – made of only cardboard and duct tape – were gathered last Saturday at the park near the intersection of Lund and Creighton roads.

Tammie Budrow, organizer of the Cardboard Classic, said she was “absolutely” thrilled with the turnout, although the 2019 derby failed to set a new record for entries.

“For a rescheduled day, it was great,” Budrow said. “But, it wasn’t the 71 sleds I was hoping for.”

Not setting a new record had no effect on what has turned out to be an annual winter celebration for local residents. And, it helped that temperatures were about 35 degrees warmer than the week before.

“It felt like we were having a heat wave,” Budrow said, laughing, as it was still around freezing Saturday. “We had great participation, we had great weather and we had a great day.”

As in past years, participants competed for a variety of prizes, including for longest run and best wipe-out. But, this year’s event included two new categories – best costume and coolest helmet.

“Costumes get votes,” Budrow said, adding that the helmet category fits perfectly with the Cardboard Classic’s theme of safety and promoting the wearing of helmets while sledding.

The snow fun day again included plenty of food, refreshments, kids’ games, a safety helmet fitting and door prizes, all of which were free to those attending.

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