Cardboard Classic set for March 23
CHARLEMONT, MA ( March 24, 2013) - The Berkshire East 2013 Cardboard Classic featured more than 70 sleds made of only cardboard, duct tape and imagination. The Ski Patrol acted as the backstop for speeding sleds! Photo by Beth Reynolds
Panaige Tower, Sue Root, Jason Rotkiewicz and Norah Tower hit the slush at the bottom of the run during the cardboard classic at Berkshire
East ski resort on Sunday
CHARLEMONT — Whatever the weather brings on March 23 — snow, sleet, rain or even sunshine — it will be just fine for the annual Cardboard Classic sledding competition at Berkshire East.
School groups, family teams and others have tested their mettle — and their engineering prowess — on homemade sleds that glide down (and sometimes roll down) the snowy or muddy slope near the base lodge of the ski resort.
Last year, about 200 spectators turned out for this free event.
In past years, sleds have been built that looked like giant boxes of crayons, old-fashioned outhouses, an Oreo Cookie (that seated four), a bed, a pencil and a blackbird pie.
Last year’s winner for speed was “The Box,” piloted by Kayla Niles, Skyler Boyd and Baylee Crawford of Whitington, Vt., with a speed of 5.9 seconds.
Registration begins March 23 at 10 a.m. in the Main Lodge. It is followed by the “Parade of Sleds” at 12:30 p.m. and the competition at 1 p.m.
Prizes are awarded for the fastest sleds, best designs, the most “vertically challenged” sled and more. Creativity counts. Awards will be given for the three best designs. Other awards will go to the three fastest sleds, the best Berkshire East theme, best costume sled and the “Because We Felt Like It Award.”
There is also a special category for the best Berkshire East employee sled, for current Berkshire East employees only.
No more than four participants per sled are allowed. Riders cannot wear ski boots and helmets are recommended.
To compete, the first rule is that all sleds MUST be made of cardboard, duct tape and nothing else. They must have “Berkshire East” and “2014” clearly written on them. Children under age 18 must have parents or guardians sign the registration/waiver form.
For more information, visit Berkshire East’s website at: www.berkshireeast.com