Snowstorm assists Cardboard Classic
By Shauna Stocken
For the 13th annual Cardboard Classic, organizers welcomed more than just participants this year. They also welcomed snow.
A snow shower covered the ground surrounding the Gier Community Center in Lansing, where the event took place, Saturday, Jan. 19, starting at 1 p.m. The weather was a welcome change to the 2018 classic, when there was no snow.
“We are really happy to have snow,” said LCC Radio Program Director Karen Love. “I think that we have fewer sleds (this year) because we didn’t have snow until today.”
The Cardboard Classic is a sledding competition in which children and adults can construct sleds made solely out of cardboard, paint, tape and paper.
Along with the LCC radio station WLNZ 89.7, the city of Lansing helped promote and facilitate the Cardboard Classic.
This year’s event bought out numerous members of the community to witness the race between the 14 cardboard sleds in friendly competition.
“This is the kids’ fourth year participating,” said Katelyn Stock, mother of 6-year-old Topanga and 9-year-old Lyric. “They made the Hopeful Puffin, which is based off of the book, “How to Train Your Dragon.”
Last year the family, including Stock’s boyfriend Peter Roach, assisted the kids with a giant orange carrot sled, complete with the children dressed as bunnies.
“The kids are getting older and more able to build a sled by themselves. I was finally able to build my first sled in the adult category this year,” said Stock, who created a cockroach-shaped sled accompanied by real cockroaches to educate guests.
The community voted on its favorite sled, “The Brave Berry Blaster,” while sipping on complimentary hot chocolate before the race began shortly after 2 p.m.
“Number one, it’s all about kids and it’s so fun to do,” Love said. “And all the proceeds go to benefit Mystic Lake (camp) for kids here at Gier.”
A $5 fee per sled is required; all guests were admitted free of charge. Preparations for the 14th annual Cardboard Classic are already underway. For more information visit, https://www.lcc.edu/radio/.