Adam Black of Chippewa rides his shovel down the hill at the annual snow shovel riding competition at Old Economy Park in Beaver County.
At the annual snow shovel riding competition at Old Economy Park in Beaver County, Ron Erickson of Economy rides his down the hill.
Jim Neese of Marshall carries his daughter Emma Neese, 4, up the hill after Emma rode her shovel.
Jamison Frantz, 7, of Conway, drinks water, while Kelli Kovalick, 8, of Butler, waits.
Karen Frantz of Conway runs down the hill after wiping out.
Adam Black of Chippewa runs down the hill.
By Linda Wilson Fuoco / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The fifth time was the charm, as the 2014 Beaver County Snow Shovel Riding Championship was Saturday after four postponements at Old Economy Park.
The annual event was scheduled for Jan. 11 and was repeatedly pushed back a week for a variety of weather reasons — ranging from not enough snow to temperatures that were too cold.
A total of 66 people finally competed “under ideal conditions,” said Timothy P. Ishman, director of recreation & tourism in Beaver County. There was plenty of snow with no bare spots on the 165-foot hill. Temperatures were not unbearably cold and there were no heavy winds, Mr. Ishman said.
The Snow Shovel Riding Championship is sponsored by the Beaver County Board of Commissioners and administered by the Department of Public Works and the Recreation and Tourism Department with the help of volunteers.
There were 16 winners, including George Lacey of Sewickley, who was fastest overall with a time of 9.19 seconds.
David Tisch of Aliquippa won “most spectacular.”
Other first- and second-place winners are:
• Girls 10 & under — Kelli Kovalick of Butler and Molly Mutkus of East Liverpool
• Boys 10 & under — Eric Hostetler of Ambridge and Sam Syrko of Aliquippa
• Girls 11-17 — Marissa Gazda of Baden and Carrie Freed of Ambridge
• Boys 11-17 — Levi Johnson of Monaca and Evan Gazda of Baden
• Adults 18 & over — Michael Johnson of New Brighton and Ron Erickson of Baden
• Seniors 55 & over — George Lacey and David Gladman, both of Sewickley
• Modified — Terry Sage of Beaver and Jim Neese of Baden.
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