2011 Powderhorn Art Sled Rally

Here are some quick pics of the 2011 Powderhorn Art Sled Rally. Mel and I love this event. We go every year. I took a lot of photos, bot most of them are lousy. Here’s a few of the ones that turned out well:

Y’all should def check this event out next year!

2010 Powderhorn Art Sled Rally

My wife and I met some friends in Powderhorn Park for the 3rd Annual Powderhorn Art Sled Rally!!  What’s an art sled rally?  It’s a bunch of sleds decorated with anything from cardboard & duct tape to flames.  It’s a neighborhood festival of sorts where anyone is free to build any sort of sled they want and send it down the hill. Here’s a link to all the photos I took, with the warning that I’m a really lousy photographer.
2010 01 30 Art Sled Rally

The rally was pretty good this year. I think there were a lot more sleds than there’s been the past two years, which is really great! It’s always fun to watch, especially because very few of the sleds actually make it all the way down the hill before crashing and usually falling into pieces. In fact, it’s a little bit of a let-down if a sled does actually make it to the bottom of the hill in one piece.  Half the fun is watching everyone crash.

My favorite sled of the year was the Pac-Man ensemble.  First, a sled went down the hill with a bunch of yellow ballons strung out 30 feet behind the sled to form all the “dots.”  Next, there was someone dressed up as some grapes and as a cherry dancing around at the bottom of the hill.  Pac-Man came next, trying to hit all the balloons (dots) and the cherry/grapes along the way.  Finally, 3 or 4 ghosts chased Pac-Man down the hill.  Pretty creative, I thought.

So peruse the photos and let me know what you think.  Did you attend the rally and take some photos of your own?  Leave a link in the comments to your own photo album!

Art Sledding 2008

Mel, tBert, and I attended the First Annual Art Sled Rally across the street in Powderhorn Park. We love living across the street because it makes it so easy for us to go to things like this (not to mention the free ice skating on the frozen lake). So the idea of art sleds is that people from the community get to gether and build sleds. “Artistic” sleds, whatever that means. Most of them were cardboard boxes cut into various shapes and painted various colors. Most of them were ridden down the hill by children, and nearly all of them fell apart before they got to the bottom. Free popcorn and hot chocolate was available, courtesy of Welna Ace Hardware and Movies on 35th.

Welna Ace Hardware is the local hardware store that mel and I love going to because of the outstanding customer service, and they had the most technologically advanced sled. It was a Star Wars spaceship of some sort, and even shot REAL FLAMES out the back while it went down the hill! SWEET!

Here’s an example of one of the cardboard sleds falling apart.

The final sled to go down the hill was HUGE. It was half a dozen refrigerator boxes taped together to look like a giant truck, and it’s also packed full of about a dozen kids.

It didn’t make it too far, but it was fun to watch anyway.

Yep, living across the street from Powderhorn Park is pretty sweet. We’re already brainstorming for what sort of sleds we could build for next year! Got any ideas?