Inaugural sled derby honors Cheshire Kiwanis Club official 

Inaugural sled derby honors Cheshire Kiwanis Club official 

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CHESHIRE — The Kiwanis Club is asking the community to get creative by decorating their own sleds for its first Kenneth E. Anderson Memorial Art Sled Derby at Mixville Park on Feb. 9 and 23.

The derby focuses on creativity rather than competition. The club encourages participants to add decorations, lights, and other items to turn their sleds into works of art. Participants will show off their creations with a ride down the Mixville Park hill on either date starting at 11 a.m. 

Rachel Widmer,  the Kiwanis Club’s president-elect and project director, said there is no entry fee to participate. People interested may register by sending contact information to 

“I just think it’s a fun event for both adults and kids,” Widmer said. “It’s a fun, creative thing for people to do.” 

Widmer got her inspiration from an annual art sled derby in Hartford.

“I saw a lot of creative things,” Widmer said.

The Hartford Art Sled Derby announced on Facebook the event was cancelled last year due to weather and insurance issues. The event drew participants and spectators from around the state to Elizabeth Park, where sleds of all shapes and sizes made their way downhill. Some of the sleds from Hartford Art Sled Derby included inspiration from Ursula from the Little Mermaid, a baby crib, a recliner, and much more.

“You can find inspiration for decorations from your favorite band, movie, book or food,” Widmer said. 

The Kiwanis Club of Cheshire’s Art Sled Derby honors Kenneth E. Anderson, a long-time Kiwanis Club member who died in November. 

“We are so honored, so honored by this event,” said Sheryl Estrom, Anderson’s daughter. “He never did anything looking for attention. He did it because he felt it was important.” 

The Kiwanis Club is an international volunteer organization. 

Estrom said her father volunteered with the Kiwanis for more than 40 years, in addition to the Key Club, Lions Club, and other community organizations. 

“Shortly after joining Kiwanis, he went through the chairs and ultimately became president of the club,” said Allen Meyerjack, current Kiwanis member and friend of Anderson. “When his term as president ended, he did not stop there. He ran for lieutenant governor of the district and won that race.” 

Meyerjack said Anderson had 12 clubs under his leadership and frequently visited all of them. 

“We are so pleased to have this event honor him,” Estrom said. “He never did anything for recognition, but this event is wonderful.”

Widmer said in addition to remembering Anderson, she hopes the event will spark creativity throughout the community.


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