SOUTHINGTON — Dozens of onlookers watched as teams participated in the annual Cardboard Box Race on the slopes of the Mount Southington Ski Area.
Participants used cardboard boxes to create “race cars” to sled down the slopes. The judges rated the designs, including one with a Jurassic Park theme and others shaped like a whale and a shark.
Judges Julia Davison and Nicholas Zygmont said the winning car Saturday was judged based on a combination of speed and style. The grand prize winner received $100 in cash.
“(The racers) could do whatever (they) want... just come up with the most creative idea,” Davison said.
The racers each took turns sledding down the slope as officials recorded the time. Each race car had two chances.
Residents Aime Lawless and Chris Ragozzino said it took their family six hours to build a race car. Lawless said the children that rode are all cousins, which inspired the name “Cousins Crew” for their car.
“Four children couldn’t agree on a theme,” Ragozzino said. “So we gave them some spray paint and let it happen.”
Local resident and grandmother Tina Hans said the shark design for her family’s car was inspired by “Baby Shark,” a popular children’s song. Team Ranger Shark dressed in shark attire.
The winner of the grand prize was the “Baby Shark” race car. It featured a remote speaker in the mouth of the shark that played “Baby Shark” when the car reached the bottom.
“Our grandkids listen to the song all the time,” Hans said. “We couldn’t get it out of our heads and we decided to use it as a our theme for the year.”
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