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May 29, 2016
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Lights + camera = action

Judges for the 3rd annual "Winter Wing Fling" benefiting the Sullivan County food pantries included The River Reporter's Jonathan Fox, left, Thunder 102's Michelle Semerano, Mike Sakell and Miss Sullivan County Jennifer Nolan.

Last Saturday brought more snow, and while slightly daunting, it did not deter me as I headed out for Monticello’s annual “Family Fun Day” now in its eighth year. By virtue of the place being a ski, sled and snowboard destination (, I was pretty sure the wintry precipitation was an added bonus, so I bundled up, grabbed the camera and skidded down Route 17 in search of the fabled Cardboard Sled Race held by the Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce and third annual “Winter Wing Fling,” sponsored by Thunder 102 and YEL! (Young Emerging Leaders) under the auspices of the chamber. I jumped on-air for a few minutes with “Ciliberto and Friends” ( to explain why Dharma (the wonder dog) was nowhere to be seen. With plans to photograph the race, which features sleds made entirely of cardboard and tape, it was far too cold to expose her to the weather, so she got a (much deserved) day off.

The action was off the chain as teams competed in categories like most creative, fastest and most destroyed, and while the wind whipped and the constant flakes swirled, I snapped away before my camera batteries (and those of some others) froze up, sending me trudging back to the chalet, to join a team of “celebrity” judges for the “Wing Fling,” with restaurants competing for bragging rights as King of the Wing. Some were scrumptious, while others strayed, but the sold-out crowd clamored for more while the sled race winners were announced. With proceeds of the event going to the Sullivan County food pantries, everyone was a winner in this worthy event, but Dutch’s Tavern in Rock Hill was happy to don the (judges’ favorite) crown, while the People’s Choice went to Holiday Mountain itself. Sufficiently thawed, I managed to capture some moments and have posted pics at for readers to like, tag and share with your friends.