Tuesday, 13 February 2018 09:45

Cardboard sled race is a colorful spectacle Featured

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ELLSWORTH - The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea kicked off Friday. And Saturday saw an event of Olympic proportions in Ellsworth. At least in spirit and ingenuity.

What's a winter carnival without some competition? The Ellsworth Winter Carnival kicked off with its 12th Annual Cardboard Sled Races.


Bob Hessler, Ellsworth Recreation Commission, said "The cardboard sled has always been the highlight of it. Because you just see so much creativity."


That creativity coming from a few different places. Participant Olivia, Leighton said "We were looking on Pinterest and we found that." She and her sisters, Piper and Paylin created a Nike show box with the help of their parents.


Ethan Wade, of Team Titanic Fun, said "We had a left over picture because I built a Lego Titanic."


And despite the rain, a large crowd gathered at the Woodlawn Museum to watch the kiddos send themselves and their creations down the hill. Hessler stated "Terrific turnout, over 20 custom cardboard sleds. A whole lot of work into them by the participants. They were just terrific."


Although everyone walked away with a ribbon, one sled shaped like a boat couldn't be stopped! The adorable vessel looking like it was right at home on the frozen water.


The race wasn't the only spectacle scheduled, but due to the rain the City of Ellsworth did cancel the planned fireworks display until a later date.