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Church groups coast to fun and funds

February 26, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Members of the Sharpsburg Bible Churchs youth group pose with the Sonbeam toaster sled that won first place in the Original Design category at the annual Cardboard Sled Derby.
Photo by Jennifer Fitch

MERCERSBURG, Pa. — They were formed with the most rudimentary construction, but the cars, boats, rockets and even the toaster sure could move fast Sunday.

In groups of eight, the various vessels slid, spun and skidded their way down the snow-tubing tracks at Whitetail Resort in the annual Cardboard Sled Derby benefiting Cedar Ridge Ministries of Williamsport.

Sixty sleds made from tape, cardboard and paint vied for top honors in several categories.

Sarah Monroe, Chrissy Ringel and Lexi Caple learned some design tricks from a previous year’s entry.

“The side part can’t be longer than the bottom part because it’ll gather snow and slow you down,” said Chrissy, 9.

Chrissy and Sarah, 12, hit a snowbank on their way down, nearly losing one of two gray horses adorning the sides of their sled. They participated with Monocacy Valley Church of Ijamsville, Md.

Sharpsburg Bible Church’s youth group entered several sleds, including a “Sonbeam” toaster and one dedicated to a youth leader serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.

“It doesn’t matter if you win or lose. It’s just fun,” said Earl Griffith, a youth leader.

Several sled ideas in the Sharpsburg Bible Church’s past three years of competition came from Jaime Burnett, whose husband, Chase, deployed for Afghanistan in September. She was responsible for the toaster, which had dial controls for heaven and hell.

“I was just driving down the road and thought ‘toaster,’” she said.

Burnett said the types of sleds that win timed races vary from year to year because of a multitude of factors. On Sunday, the lanes were especially icy.

Turning in top times were Striker Youth Junior Striker with 11.75 seconds, Extreme Youth B with 12.34 seconds and Checkered Cab Girls with 13.75 seconds.

Cedar Ridge Ministries Chief Executive Officer Dave Swacina announced those and other winners at the derby’s conclusion. They were:

n Most creative — Fluorescent Beauty in third place, Dueling Guitars in second place, and Blake & Dad in first place.

n Original design — Typewriter in third place, Titanic to Panic in second place and Sonbeam Toaster in first place.

n Best of show — Duck or be Goosed in third place, SMA Teen Youth in second place and Checkered Cab Girls in first place.

n Crowd-pleaser — Dueling Guitars

n Fundraiser — Team Trouble and Checkered Cab Girls with $100 each, SMA Teen Youth with $330, and Blake & Dad with $1,400.

Swacina said the cardboard sled derby typically raises $3,000 to $6,000 for Cedar Ridge Ministries’ adventures program for team building.

“We do this because it’s a great way for kids, adults and groups to be creative,” Swacina said.

“We absolutely value the partnership we have with them and love this event,” said Jess Sharpe, marketing specialist with Whitetail Resort.

“Whitetail is a terrific family resort that reaches out to the community in many ways,” Swacina said.

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