The Jefferson County SPCA hosted this year's 9th annual "Snowflake Rally" at the Dry Hill Ski Area in Watertown on Saturday. The event, which entails creating and then riding a cardboard sled down the hill at Dry Hill's tubing area, takes place under the auspices of a non-profit agency each year.
This is the first time the SPCA was in charge, said Douglas J. Marlow, Executive Director of the Jefferson County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Proceeds will benefit the shelter.
“I think everyone did a great job putting this together,” Mr. Marlow said. Even though the sledding competition drew out fewer participants than expected, Mr. Marlow still declared the rally a success. The event demonstrated a great deal of creativity and all who participated appeared to enjoy themselves, the director added.
The first place sled was created by Adam J. DiBlaise, Tom P. Unser, 19, and Josh L. Predmore, 18, of the Credo Community Center's rehabilitation program in Evans Mills. "Barn, Pig and Two Farmers" also won "Best Business Themed" and "Most Colorful." Sporting a pig nose and ears fashioned from duct tape, Mr. DiBlaise slid head first down the hill and right into the winner's circle, much to his surprise.
Second place was awarded to the "Pirates" team, who piloted their ship-themed sled successfully to the finish line after some minor difficulty at the onset. Amber S. Fay, 17, Sackets Harbor, and Greg D. Covell, 17, Watertown, traveled backward down the hill, adding some extra excitement to the competition. They also received "Most Creative" and "Best Team Spirit" awards.
In third place was "Smiley's Kitty," a giant litter box driven by a husband and wife team wearing bride and groom helmets. The pair had some trouble with the square shape of their sled on the curving course and traveled only a few yards down the hill. The couple, Shawn C. and Chereen W. Smiley, took everything in good humor with Mrs. Smiley saying it was all done to have some fun and to support the SPCA. That is why she chose the kitty litter box theme. The team won "Best Theme," "Most Humorous," and "Most Bizarre."
The JCSPCA would like to thank everyone for their continued generous support of the shelter and to invite you to attend upcoming fundraisers. One of the next significant events will be the "Ready, Set, Fun!" Bookfest to be held at the Bruce W. Wright Memorial Conference Center, Faichney Drive, Watertown, on Saturday, May 10, 2014.
The SPCA of Jefferson County is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding permanent and loving homes for homeless pets, providing them with a healthy environment, and promoting the humane treatment of animals and responsible pet ownership through education and community awareness.
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