Beaver County snow shovel event a go at the moment
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The annual Beaver County Snow Shovel Riding Championship is scheduled for noon Saturday at Old Economy Park, just off Route 989 in Economy.
"At the moment it's a go," Tom King, director of the Beaver County Recreation & Tourism Department said Monday. "But on Saturday, we may all be wearing shorts and playing golf."
Last year, the event was canceled due to mild weather.
Races are free and open to everyone.
Registration starts at 10 a.m. and children under 13 need a parent or guardian to sign a waiver. Practice runs begin at 8 a.m.
Rules are simple: Sit or lie on a shovel, and stay on the shovel for the entire run down the 165-foot hill. Each contestant gets two timed runs.
Trophies and prizes are awarded in age divisions and there is a modified division for all ages and covering the use of any type of homemade sledding device as long as a shovel is attached.
Adults and children have been competitively racing snow shovels in Beaver County since 1963. The races happen almost every year, but the date varies.
Initially scheduled to take place in early January, in many years the championship races are postponed and rescheduled if warm temperatures melt existing snow and prevent new snow from falling.
"My life is pretty much on hold every Saturday until the races happen," Mr. King said. Administering the races has made him an avid watcher of The Weather Channel and their forecast is not good.
Their website prediction for Saturday is a high of 58 degrees.
On Friday, Public Works Department workers will determine "whether the course is suitable for the event the following day."
Participants and spectators can learn whether the race is on by calling the Recreation Department from noon to 11 p.m. Friday or after 8 a.m. Saturday: 724-770-2060.
First Published January 10, 2013 5:24 am