On Sunday afternoon, the sledding hill at Richmond Park will play host to the Crazy Cardboard Sled Competition, a premier event of the WinterWest Festival on Grand Rapids’ Westside. WinterWest kicks off this Friday and runs through February 10, offering a variety of planned events like a 5k adventure race, a 3-on-3 Hockey Tournament, and hot chocolate and coffee in the warming shelter. The Crazy Cardboard Sled Competition has been a family favorite since WinterWest began in 2011.
“We’ve seen some pretty creative things over the past few years,” commented Jon O’Connor, a member of the WinterWest planning team. “A Viking ship, army tank, race car, and football ‘field’ complete with goal posts, stand out as some of the most memorable sleds. I think it’s a great opportunity for families to work together to come up with something fun – the kids love it!”
The rules of the Competition are relatively straight forward. Sleds should be constructed of primarily cardboard; duct tape, paint, and wax are also permitted. Prizes will be awarded in two categories: Distance (the sled that travels the furthest down the hill) and People’s Choice (voted on by spectators based on creativity and crowd appeal).
Participation is free, but event organizers suggest registering for the event online to make race-day run smoother (www.welcomewest.org/winterwest).
IF YOU GO:
What: WinterWest Crazy Cardboard Sled Competition
Where: Richmond Park Sledding Hill, 1639 Tamarack Ave NW, Grand Rapid
When: Sunday, January 27, 3:00 pm
Who: Open to all! Participation is free, but online registration recommended.
WinterWest is a collaborative effort of WelcomeWest, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, and the City of Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department, to encourage residents to take advantage of one of Grand Rapids’ great parks.
WinterWest 2013 event sponsors include Rockford Construction, Meijer, Georgio’s Gourmet Pizza, B & B Beer, Family Fare, the West Grand Neighborhood Organization, and Brann’s Sizzling Steaks and Sports Grille. Event organizers are also working collaboratively with the Grand Rapids Public Schools to offer opportunities for students in the local neighborhood schools, like Harrison Park.