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Tired Iron's Spring "Ping Fling"


This is the Ultimate “Kids Event” of the Year!!

How it Started...

Fairbanks Tired Iron Spring Ping Fling

In 2013, we introduced the “Spring Ping Fling”, a ping pong ball drop of 5,000 orange colored balls, of which 50 were specially marked for all sorts of prizes for the kids. Prizes included snowboards, bicycles, snow gear, jackets, Nook e-readers, etc. We even had a Grand Prize of a new Arctic Cat ZR 120 mini snowmachine, courtesy of great folks over at Northern Power Sports!! To be eligible to participate, they simply had to be between the ages of 5 and 12 years of age. We were able to enlist the help of the Fairbanks Fire Department, and they used their 102 foot Platform Ladder truck to drop the balls, from high in the air, over the Chena River. We had no idea how many kids would show up, but as the time for the ball drop neared, we were inundated with a mass of kids! We broke the huge group into two smaller groups; one with ages 5 through 8, and the other with ages 9 through 12. The first “Spring Ping Fling” was a big hit. To make sure everyone got something, we passed out more than 2,000 FREE Klondike ice cream bars.

2013's Spring Ping Fling Grand Prize Winner of a New Arctic Cat Mini 120 Snowmachine!

In 2014 and 2015 we doubled the ping pong ball count to 10,000 balls, gave out more than 2,000 more Klondike ice cream bars, added many more Nooks and several iPads to the prize list, and of course, gave away another brand new Arctic Cat ZR 120 mini snowmachine as the Grand Prize for each of those years, courtesy (again) of great folks over at Northern Power Sports!!  WAY TO GO CRAIG AND COLBY!!

This year the Spring Ping Fling will be held in the Wal-Mart parking lot and is sure to be an instant Kid's Hit! And this year, we'll have even more educational tools, like the Nook e-readers and iPads, and yes, the generous folks over at Northern Power Sports are going to make some lucky kid very, very happy when they win the Grand Prize of yet another Arctic Cat ZR 120 mini snowmachine!!


This is the coolest Kid's event of the year, so mark your calendar and bring your kid's friends along, to this TOTALLY FREE AND FUN Fairbanks winter event!

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For Event Location, Click Here

Check out this video clip of 2013’s Spring Ping Fling”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1kUIcAgWGU

Miss this event, and your kids will never forgive you!

Northern Power Sports has been an incredible sponsor of the Tired Iron for many years, and we hope you will consider them when planning your next motorized recreational purchase.
Thanks Northern Power!

 

We would like to thank all the volunteers at the Boy Scouts for the many hours they spend helping make the Tired Iron Events a success! This is a great organization. Whose mission is to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and, in other ways, to prepare them to make ethical choices during their lifetime in achieving their full potential. We encourage you to visit their website, and consider a donation to them, if possible. Thanks Boy Scouts!

 

View from the top of Fairbanks Fire Department’s Platform Truck

Spring Ping Fling Stories

http://alaskalookingglass.com/2013/03/17/tired-iron-snowmachine-race/

http://www.newsminer.com/blogs/staff_blogs/article_d58efa24-7ba9-11e2-95f3-001a4bcf6878.html

http://downtownfairbanks.com/blog/tired-iron-ping-pong-drop/

http://birchleafphotography.com/2013/02/26/iron-dogs-tired-irons-palins-and-ping-pong-balls/

http://chuckheathjr.com/the-porch-february-23-201/

Organizational Info

  • First race was held March 11, 2006
  • Incorporated as a nonprofit in Alaska on 2/4/2010
  • Fairbanks Tired Iron Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity. EIN: 46-3195262
  • Exempt purpose is to educate the public, document and preserve the history of snowmachining and snowmachine racing