First of all, yes, Mercer County is not Pittsburgh. But think of it as the North, North, North Hills because they’ve got an event going on Dec. 17 that might be worth a drive.
Big Dog R/C (remote control for the uninitiated) will host the sixth annual “Showdown in the Snow” R/C car race. According to a press release, the event draws drivers from around the eastern U.S. and Canada, but don’t mistake their mini-whips for the Batmobile you used to have that was connected to the remote by a short, black wire. These cars are one-10th scale models of real cars and can reach 40 MPH; that’s a scale speed of 400 MPH. The races will happen on Big Dog’s three indoor tracks and feature both dirt and off-road surfaces. Big Dog also offers races three times a week.
“Last year, the event had over 230 entries,” said John Raskob, who owns Big Dog R/C with his wife, Robin. “We had drivers ranging from 5 to 75 years old, with both men and women competing.”
The competition begins at 1 p.m. at 482 Stoneboro Lateral Road, Stoneboro, Pa. Winning drivers will receive trophies and there will also be prizes and giveaways.
Other events of note from Dec. 15-20 include:
If you’re a fan of swimming and diving events, more than 1,000 top club swimmers will descend on the University of Pittsburgh’s Trees Pool Dec. 15-18 for the annual Pitt Christmas meet. There were more than 1,500 entrants last year and the events are divided by age from 10-and-under participants up to a class for those older than 15.
On Dec. 2, the Duquesne Dukes men’s basketball team broke a 15-year losing streak against the University of Pittsburgh in the venerable City Game. They’ll get another shot at a victory when they host the Jackson State University Tigers at 7 p.m. on Dec. 19 at the AJ Palumbo Center on the Duquesne campus.