SCHROON LAKE-There were some strange sights at the town of Schroon ski slope recently, thanks to a group of would-be engineers.
More than two dozen teams turned out for the second community cardboard box derby, featuring sleds made from cardboard and tape.
"Some of the more imaginative sleds included a World War II tank built by John and Bobby Rose complete with a turret and guns, all made out of paper and tape of course; an almost full scale dragon that two sledders rode on by the Wisser family; the monster race car built by Dalton Reynolds; and the bobsled "Bob", complete with Olympic rings, built and driven by father/son team Bob and Triston Phelps," said Peter Veverka, an event organizer.
The derby featured competition in three categories - fastest, largest and most imaginative.
All participants were required to wear helmets, which proved to be a good thing.
"There was a lot of excitement with the sleds zooming down the hill and sometimes spinning, flipping and losing pieces along the way," Veverka said.
The fastest sled, determined by adding times of two runs, was the Speedster, driven by Dan and Caleb Maisonville. The Wiz Kid with Molly, Abigail and Ben Wisser was second and also won as most original. Hang Ten with Zack and Ernie LaBarge took third place.
The fastest single run of the event was by Bob, driven by Tristen and Bob Philps.
The smallest sled was The Sled driven by Joe Maisonville. The largest sled was The Red Baron, driven by Rachel Drozdyk, Lindsay Drozdyk and Emily Maisonville.
Other competitors included Team CC with Sienna Secor; Monster with Dalton Reynolds, Team Wilson with Barry and Sydney Wilson; Shag with Alex Shaughnessy; BoBo Rose with Bobby Rose; Shaughnessy with Will Shaughnessy; Super People with Dylan Jack and Madison Anue; Super Kids with Cole and Owen Anue; Lucas Shaughnessy; The Anonymous with Liam Veverka and T.J. Ramirez; RIP with Eric Paradis; DGC?Titanic with Grace Higgens, Claire Veverka and Danielle Ramirez; SR71 Blackbird with Danny Veverka, Levi Williams and Cory Ramirez; the Schroon Lake Bomber; D and D with Dawson and Derrick DeZalia' Team Armstrong with Moriah Armstrong and Emily Maisonville; Team Armstrong 2 with Noah Armstrong; and Beecher Bomber with Jacob Beecher.
The inaugural cardboard derby was held in 2009. The 2010 event had to be canceled because of poor sledding conditions.
"Some of this year's participants had stowed away their amazing sleds (made in 2010) to emerge again this year," Veverka said. "After the race some of the local and out of town spectators were asking questions about next year's race and when it would be held."
Veverka said a suggestion has been made to add an "over-the-hill" category for adults to next year's derby.
Chris Paradis and Craig Maisonville groomed the course. Paradis also served as master of ceremonies.
Schroon Lake Emergency Squad members Tony Ramirez, Chris Swinton and Bill Tribou were on standby in the event of injury.
Dennis Root and Sara Behm recorded times and Veverka was starting judge. Tina Armstrong, Donna Secor, Lindsey Reynolds and Abby Veverka did registration. Pat Savarie and Rose Merrill provided refreshments.
The derby was sponsored by Stewart's, Jeff Horton of Lays Potato Chips, Wal-Mart, Grand Union and the Paradox General Store.