WLNZ Cardboard Classic

            Sharpies, sleds, and snowpants. Saturday, Jan. 25 WLNZ 89.7 fm teamed up with Lansing Parks and Recreation for the 8th annual Cardboard Classic. The event took place at Gier Park, and brought out 45 entries and more than 250 people.

            The rules are simple: construct a sled from cardboard, glue, duct tape, and decorate it. The creations, however, turned out to be anything but plain. This year’s entries included The Shark, Spartan’s Chariot, Bone Crusher, Walk this Way, Bare Minimum, I Mustache you a Question, Hogwarts Express and much more.

            Participants were given prizes thanks to Old Town, Impression 5, Zoup! and other local businesses. A free raffle for NCG movie tickets and free Tim Horton’s donuts and hot chocolate were also provided.

            Judges awarded prizes to the following categories: Because I felt like it, Fastest Sled, Best Design, Best Decorated, People’s Choice Award, and Honorable Mentions.

Children, parents and friends did whatever they could to get their sleds across the finish line. Pushing, pulling and dragging were all encouraged.

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            New to this year’s Cardboard Classic, was perhaps the most amusing category—Best Wipeout. And boy oh boy, did we have some wipeouts. Check out some of the best wipeouts from this year’s sled race.

            Some 250 people attended the event, despite frigid temperatures. The spectator audience included the Loniewski family. This was the first time the family has attended the event, but they are already looking forward to next year’s event.

“We’re already planning on it,” the Loniewski’s said. They’re planning on constructing a Beatles Yellow Submarine themed sled.

            Returning cardboard classic participant James Groves spoke about his entry, Walk this Way. While some sled engineers took to magic markers and glitter glue, Groves and his team thought big. Their entry, Walk this Way was modeled after a Star Wars All Terrain Armored Transport (AT-AT) took roughly 60 hours to make.

Groves and friends(Brewbaker and Geiger) have become familiar faces at the annual event.“This will be our fifth year,” Groves said. “This year we won for best decorated for Over 18. Last year, we won for best decorated and people’s choice.”

And that’s what keeps the friends coming back year after year.

“One of the cool things is that we set up our sled, and people are pretty impressed that people are able to make something out of cardboard,” Groves said.

“Really, it’s just to put smiles on people’s faces.”

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