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Finding balance at snow shovel riding contest

Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review - Shannon Oster, of Baden, raises her arms in victory as she crosses the finish line after riding a snow shovel down a 160-foot hill during the Beaver County Snow Shovel Riding Championship at Old Economy County Park, in Economy Borough, Saturday, January 26th, 2013. About 50 people took part in the competition, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review</em></div>Shannon Oster, of Baden, raises her arms in victory as she crosses the finish line after riding a snow shovel down a 160-foot hill during the Beaver County Snow Shovel Riding Championship at Old Economy County Park, in Economy Borough, Saturday, January 26th, 2013. About 50 people took part in the competition, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review - Larry Rambo, of Rochester, takes a spill off his modified snow shovel as he attempts to ride it down a 160-foot hill during the Beaver County Snow Shovel Riding Championship at Old Economy County Park, in Economy Borough, Saturday, January 26th, 2013. About 50 people took part in the competition, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review</em></div>Larry Rambo, of Rochester, takes a spill off his modified snow shovel as he attempts to ride it down a 160-foot hill during the Beaver County Snow Shovel Riding Championship at Old Economy County Park, in Economy Borough, Saturday, January 26th, 2013. About 50 people took part in the competition, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review - Maranda Syrko, 8, of Independence Township rides a snow shovel down a 160-foot hill during the Beaver County Snow Shovel Riding Championship at Old Economy County Park, in Economy Borough, Saturday, January 26th, 2013.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review</em></div>Maranda Syrko, 8, of Independence Township rides a snow shovel down a 160-foot hill during the Beaver County Snow Shovel Riding Championship at Old Economy County Park, in Economy Borough, Saturday, January 26th, 2013.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review - Carrie Freed, 14, of Ambridge wipes out as she attempts to ride a snow shovel down a 160-foot hill during the Beaver County Snow Shovel Riding Championship at Old Economy County Park, in Economy Borough, Saturday, January 26th, 2013. About 50 people took part in the competition, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review</em></div>Carrie Freed, 14, of Ambridge wipes out as she attempts to ride a snow shovel down a 160-foot hill during the Beaver County Snow Shovel Riding Championship at Old Economy County Park, in Economy Borough, Saturday, January 26th, 2013. About 50 people took part in the competition, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review - Nathan Shoup, of Economy, catches a lot of snow with his face as he attempts to ride a snow shovel down a 160-foot hill during the Beaver County Snow Shovel Riding Championship at Old Economy County Park, in Economy Borough, Saturday, January 26th, 2013. About 50 people took part in the competition, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Keith Hodan | Tribune-Review</em></div>Nathan Shoup, of Economy, catches a lot of snow with his face as he attempts to ride a snow shovel down a 160-foot hill during the Beaver County Snow Shovel Riding Championship at Old Economy County Park, in Economy Borough, Saturday, January 26th, 2013. About 50 people took part in the competition, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

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Forty-seven people participated on Saturday in the 50th Beaver County Snow Shovel Riding Championship at Old Economy Park, Economy. The event is sponsored by the Beaver County

Recreation and Tourism Department. Taking first and second place, respectively, were: girls 10 and under, Miranda Syrko, Aliquippa and Taylor Neese, Baden; boys 10 and under, Logan Erickson, Baden and Sam Syrko, Aliquippa; girls 11-17, Marissa Gazda, Baden, and Carrie Freed, Ambridge; boys 11-17, Levi Johnson, Monaca, and Evan Gazda, Baden; adults, 18 and over, Dan Syrko, Aliquippa and George Lucey, Economy; Adults 55 and over, David Gladman, Sewickley, and Jim Eakles, Beaver Falls; modified, Dan Lucey, Economy; most spectacular run, Carrie Freed, Ambridge.

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