“Fifteen years we’ve been running this and it’s been a blast every year — and that’s why we keep coming back,” said Duane Schroeder of Grand Haven, who was part of a group dressed as “ice cream men” in a cardboard ice cream truck.
Schroeder was joined by Bob Franklin and Dan France; and their “engineer,” Dan Hysell — all of Grand Haven — for the ice cream truck entry, complete with distorted “ice cream man” music. They won their first heat in the Cardboard Sled Race, but didn’t place in the finals.
Melissa Heyer, an agent for Coldwell Banker Woodland Schmidt in Grand Haven — sponsor of the Cardboard Sled Race at the Ski Bowl — said the 110 entries was down from past years.
“I would say because this morning when I looked at the weather report, it said, ‘ice pellets,’” Heyer said at the bottom of hill Saturday. “And I believe other people saw that, too, and thought, ‘I don’t want to go out in that.’ But it’s a beautiful day and it’s great to be here.”
Snow, blowing snow and icy roads earlier in the morning gave way to sunshine by late Saturday morning.
Kevin Tuuk of The City Farmer, the longtime sponsor of the Family Dog Pull at Mulligan’s Hollow, said 28 dogs were entered in Saturday’s races. That’s down from last year’s 36 entries.
“I think it was probably the lack of snow,” he theorized for the lower turnout. “... The weather probably wasn’t the greatest when we started this morning.”
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Cardboard Sled Race winners
Top o’ the Hill Award (Best Looking Sled): “Angry Bird” — Erica Dewald, Amaya Dewald, Logan Nieusma and Madeline Mahoney.
Spirit Award (Best Team Spirit): “Bell’s Oberon Ale” — Tony Rheeder, Ivanna Lenskya, Jenn Phipps, Matt Leonard, Laura Glendenning and Jill Smith.
Go Fast Award (Fastest Sled) for ages 12 and under: (1) Autumn Ray and Matthew Ray, (2) Trent Holleman, (3) Hunter Brown.
Go Fast Award (Fastest Sled) for ages 13 and above: (1) Nathan Knowels (“Home Depot”), (2) Teresa Ducsay, (3) Jim Dull and Andy Dull.
Family Dog Pull
24 pounds and under: (1) Marnie, driven by Meredith Myer of Grand Haven; (2) Lucy, driven by Amy Ackerman of Grand Haven; (3) Oliver, driven by Chelsea of Grand Haven Township.
25-49 pounds: (1) Ali, owned by Heidi Clinansmith and driven by Grace Montambo; (2) Jade, owned by Ryan Livingston and driven by Colbie Livingston of West Olive; (3) Dottie, owned by McCulla Kosch and driven by Ellie Stroup of Spring Lake.
50-74 pounds: (1) Peanut, owned by Tricia Todd and driven by Chloe Stroup of Spring Lake; (2) Morgan, owned by Tricia Todd and driven by Levi Minnerick of Spring Lake; (3) Ernie, owned by Jay Neitering and driven by Allysum Dolinski of Grand Haven.
75 pounds and up: (1) Sparky, owned by Jay Neitering and driven by Juniper Dolinski of Grand Haven; (2) Harley, driven by Lokk Bumstead of Grand Haven; (3 tie) Gunter, driven by Brooke Johnson of Grand Haven Township, and Bella, driven by Kylee Thorsen of Grand Haven Township.
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