Written by Crystal St. Pierre (Spruce Grove Examiner/Stony Plain Reporter)
Emilly Roberge, a student at Woodhaven Middle School, had been spending all of her free time working on building a sled to compete in 102.3 Now Radio’s fourth annual Cardboard Cup held on Feb. 27.
Participants could build whatever kind of sled they wanted, but it had to be made of cardboard and tape.
Winners were chosen based on design with first place taking home $1200, second place at $600 and third at $300.
Other areas individuals could win was for fastest rider and audience favourite.
Chapman’s rendition of the “Mutts Cutts” from the movie Dumb and Dumber fit perfectly into the fan favourite category and the 12-year-old brought home $100.
“I thought most of the other (sleds) were really good,” said Roberge. “I didn’t think we had a chance because the other ones were very colorful and our roof ended up sagging a bit.”
Roberge and her step-dad, Dean Chapman, had decided to recreate the shaggy dog van because they both really like the movie and had thought people would recognize it.
“We were so proud to see her spend so much time working on something and for it to pay off for her, and to see her get so much enjoyment out of that day,” said Chapman.
It was an exciting day for Roberge, not only because she placed in the Cardboard Cup, but also because she finally got to meet her favourite radio host, Mars.
“I felt really excited and happy, but I was mostly happy because I heard the news (about winning fan favourite) from Mars,” she added.