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Kooky 'Downhill Derby' sled race set for Saturday

CHESTERTOWN - For 36 years, local residents have fashioned weird craft - anything from simple cardboard creations to complex or bizarre feats of engineering - to slide down the snowy slope of Dynamite Hill Ski area.

The fun-filled Krazy Downhill Derby & Broomball Tournament has been a way for local residents to fend off cabin fever by socializing, mixed with some friendly competition.

This year, participation in the event is expected to be greater than ever.

Sponsored by the North Warren Chamber of Commerce, the day full of family fun is scheduled for Saturday Feb. 26 at the Dynamite Hill Recreation Area. More than 20 sleds with a variety of themes are expected to enter, and a substantial crowd of spectators is anticipated due to this year's plentiful snowfall.

The accompanying annual Broomball Tournament, celebrating a sport with minimal equipment but no shortage of heated competition, is also expected to draw a considerable number of spectators.

Broomball Tournament registration begins at 9 a.m., and play on the ice begins soon after. This event is capped off with a hockey shoot-out. Downhill Derby registration begins at 11 a.m., and this race begins at the top of the hill at noon.

This year, a special visitor will be on site from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. when Dax, the Adirondack Phantom's mascot arrives to add spirit to the proceedings.

Refreshments will be served in the ski hut, and prizes will be awarded.

There is a minimal $3 per-person fee for entering. For details, call 494-2722, or visit: www.northwarren.com.

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