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Saturday's 'Krazy Downhill Derby’ — full of creativity & fun

Girl Scouts careen down Dynamite Hill in Chestertown in a prior year’s Krazy Downhill Derby. This year’s edition, set for Saturday Feb. 22 will be featuring accounts of escapades from the early days of Dynamite Hill, which is about 50 years old. Stories, photos and recollections of experiences on the ski slope are now being sought from people who grew up in the region.

Girl Scouts careen down Dynamite Hill in Chestertown in a prior year’s Krazy Downhill Derby. This year’s edition, set for Saturday Feb. 22 will be featuring accounts of escapades from the early days of Dynamite Hill, which is about 50 years old. Stories, photos and recollections of experiences on the ski slope are now being sought from people who grew up in the region.

— For about four decades, local residents have fought off late-winter cabin fever by fashioning weird sleds for a beloved local event, the Krazy Downhill Derby.

Annually providing plenty of family fun, this kooky sled race features offbeat and humorous creations — anything from simple cardboard vehicles to complex or bizarre feats of engineering — to slide down the snowy slope of Dynamite Hill Ski area.

The 2014 edition of this friendly competition, is set for Saturday Feb. 22. from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Race features slope anniversary fest

This year, participation in the event is expected to be greater than ever, as the event includes a belated celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Dynamite Hill Ski area. Event organizers expect that hundreds of people will be attending to share memories of youthful fun at the town-owned recreation area along with plenty of socializing. Although the local Chamber of Commerce is dubbing the fest a 50th anniversary, the ski slope was actually developed by the Chestertown Rotary Club in 1962.

Registration for the sled race is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., with the competition starting promptly at noon.

But the day begins at 9 a.m. with a public breakfast, followed by a hockey shootout at 10 a.m., various family activities at 10:30 a.m., and the Dynamite Hill anniversary ceremonies at 11:30 a.m.

Spectators are urged to arrive early. Certificates and prizes will be awarded for fastest, most creative, funniest and more.

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

For details, call 494-2722, or visit: www.northwarren.com.

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Girl Scouts careen down Dynamite Hill in Chestertown in a prior year’s Krazy Downhill Derby. This year’s edition, set for Saturday Feb. 22, will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Dynamite Hill Recreation Area, featuring accounts of escapades from the early days of the venue. The event is expected to draw a crowd, who are likely to share stories, photos and recollections of experiences on the ski slope — without any angst over the fact that the ski area was really developed 52 years ago.

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