INLET - In an ever-increasing field of entries, Inlet's cardboard sled race, held as a part of the Frozen Fire and Lights celebration Saturday, Feb. 23, saw 24 imaginative competitors take to the sledding hill at Fern Park. The event drew hundreds of spectators.
The competition was organized into three categories: Class I (ages 6 and under); Class II (ages 7-12); and Class III (13 and up). The fastest sled in each of these classes won a certificate and prize. Winners in each class were as follows.
Class I - "G's Pontoon" - a classy party barge piloted by Genevieve VanWie (who, by the way, wore a lovely bikini over her snowsuit).
Class II - "Bradley's Ford F150," piloted by Bradley Foster, who came all the way from Victor to participate.
Class III - "Hard Times Express" with a trio of pilots: Mackenzie LaPorte, Dylan LaPorte and Raigan Laporte.
There were so many wonderful entries that the judges had a difficult time coming up with winners, but they did their best. Here's how it turned out.
Best In Show went to the "Hard Times Express," which flew down the hill with smoke emerging from its smokestack.
Best Construction was earned by "Red Racer," a sleek race car piloted by Ben Evans of Big Moose.
Most Original honors were earned by the pit crew from ACE Hardware with their "Batmobile," piloted by Joseph Townsend and Melissa Hoffman.
Most Realistic was earned by Ella Schmid with her entry "Rudy 13," a gorgeous "brown dog" that romped down the hill.
Adele's Favorite was "The Derby Winner," which was constructed in a motel room at 10 a.m. by the Walsh and Spin families from Auburn. Tourism Director Adele Burnett admired their last minute decision to be a part of the race.
Followers of the cardboard race circuit will recall that prior to the Inlet race three other races were held, in Long Lake, Indian Lake and Old Forge. Participation in at least three of the four races was required to qualify for the magnificent trophy signifying overall winner of the circuit.
At the conclusion of the Inlet race, Bob Lewin of Blue Mt. Lake was declared circuit winner for entering his "Daddy's Folly" sled in the races at Long Lake, Indian Lake and Inlet and acquiring a total of 50 points.
Congratulations to all the winners and all the participants for making this event so popular and so much fun.