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Festivus 2020: The Cardboard Sled Race

Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 1 pm. at the Leila Arboretum.
928 Michigan Ave W, Battle Creek, Michigan 49037

Festivus is a family-friendly cardboard sled competition with a BEER TENT.
Over the years, we have had simple sleds and fully functioning Sherman Tanks. We have had detailed funny cars with chrome cardboard engines and Transformer VW Buses.

The rules are simple:
1. It’s FREE TO ENTER & FREE TO WATCH.
2. You must only use Cardboard and adhesives (glue, tape, natural adhesive) and fanciful adornments that don’t aid in its function, only for fashion.
3. Be ready for fun and frivolity.

Registration starts at 1pm.
The Race begins at 2pm.
We wrap up when the beer is gone.
Feel free to come early and help set up and talk economics and cardboard engineering.

There will be food, music, and other activities.
Bring cash for beer and merch though we can take the plastic. No Diner’s Club or Travelers Chèques will be accepted this year.  

Past Events

2019 FESTIVUS SLED RACE

Our 11th annual Festivus was our best year yet!! Thank you, Battle Creek, for an amazing turnout! With over 700 people in attendance and 65 sleds this year, the weather worked out perfectly for us to watch a wide array of sleds ripping down the hill.

From P51 Mustang jet fighters to giant Gold Fishes, even a huge Pop Tart, the creativity of the sleds each year never ceases to amaze. In the end, we handed out 12 of our signature handcrafted trophies along with BCMAMS merchandise and a brand new toboggan.

We have to say a big thank you to Leila Arboretum for their 11 years of partnership. Scott Wright's chili and Cafe Rica's coffee kept everyone warm. Territorial Brewing Company generously donated delicious beer for us all to enjoy. Gardner Brothers Landscape was on standby to deliver snow again for us but luckily Mother Nature brought her own this year.

The BCMAMS would like to thank all who came out and enjoyed another great year of sledding. None of this would be possible without our great community.

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FESTIVUS 2018

The 10th Annual Festivus Cardboard Sled Race was a huge success! The Event had a great turnout with approximately 500 people in attendance and nearly 60 sleds. Because father winter didn’t fully cooperate, our trusty friends at Gardner Brother Landscape shipped in some snow so our participants could have a slipping and sliding good time.

We gave away over 20 prizes including many hand carved wooden trophies, gift certificates from Malia Mediterranean Bistro and other eateries alike, a Sprout Box raffled off, and some BCMAMS Merchandise to name a few.

Although the snow wasn’t plentiful, this year’s range of eclectic sleds certainly were. Ranging from a Crayola crayon to a detail oriented Funny car dragster, this year’s sleds did not disappoint. We hung out, ate chili, drank beer, stayed warm by the camp fires, and laughed until our bellies hurt. This year’s event was one of the best and would not have been possible without the help of many community partners.

We would like to thank Leila Arboretum for their 10-year partnership in this and other events that we co-sponsor. Atlas distributing and Territorial Brewing Co. for their help in donating and distributing the beverages. Black Market Smoke House did a great job, as always, making his signature chili recipes for the participants enjoyment. Lastly, we want to give a HUGE thank you to all the community members and participants that made a cardboard sled or just came out and enjoyed a fun winter day with us.

THANK YOU BATTLE CREEKERS!

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