BUTLER TWP — The people in charge of an upcoming charity snowboarding competition in Butler Township say they have a plan if the week ahead is snowless.
Since Friday, the organizers of “Butler Winter X” have been hauling trucks of ice shaved off the rink at Ice Connection in Middlesex Township to the Butler Township Park. The day-long, three-competition event is set for this Saturday.
“We’re going to get as many truckloads as possible,” said Bruce Bryner, 29, of Butler.
Bryner, a snow boarder of more than a dozen years, says planners wanted a competitive event in the county, and they almost immediately thought of the township park on South Duffey Road because it once housed a ski slope.
“It’s pretty much becoming forgotten,” organizer Colin Rensel, 23, said of his hometown park. “Hopefully this will open the community’s eyes about what all is out there.”
Only the remnants of a snow machine remain of the slope, colloquially known as “Saw Mill Run.” Bryner said snowboarders still utilize the slope. And, he suggested, maybe the proceeds of this event could be put towards reviving the snow machine or lift.
The event’s proceeds will be donated to the township.
Admittedly, Bryner isn’t expecting a big payoff. A $3 donation is suggested, but the community can attend for free. Competitors must pay $10 per event.
The three events are a “big air,” jump competition; A “box jam”free style format with three competition boxes on the course; and “best trick” with the three boxes assembled together. Winners will receive prize packages assembled from sponsors.
The event is 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and also will include music from two bands and a D. J. There also will be a live fire show by the performing group, Sirkus Dayz, at late afternoon.
Organizers rented the park, with permission from the township commissioners, contingent on legal paperwork, and obtaining medical and security professionals to be on-hand. The board, during its Monday meeting, also required the event to be alcohol-free.
Organizers are expecting an attendance of a couple hundred people.
“We’ve got a lot of people involved and everybody is loving it,” Rensel said.
The event called on a handful of sponsorships and donations, including the ice.
Tim Veach, the general manager at Ice Connection said it’s not unusual for snow-related sportspeople to take away the ice scrapped from the rink. Each ice cut produces more than a pickup truck full of shavings, and the rink can make up to 20 or 30 truckloads a day.
Although the event crew Friday was still searching for equiptment to ease the process, like a front loader. The crew said they would get by with shovels if need be.
“We’ll get it,” said Rensel.