OWLS HEAD, Maine — Is there a 1980s snowmobile taking up space in your garage? Do you own an early-model snowblower? Is your father’s old snowplow in mint condition and you’d love to show it off?
These and other “antique” winter machines can be brought to the third annual WinterFest this coming weekend at the Owls Head Transportation Museum, where event coordinators promise a snowy good time will be had by all.
Anyone who brings a pre-1989 snowmobile, snowplow, snowblower, sleigh, iceboat, dog sled or toboggan will get free admission to the event. Part of the fun is in the surprise, said Park Morrison, director of public relations at the museum.
“We do get a good turnout of 1960s-era, 1970s-era machines,” he said Monday. “We’ve actually had sleds come from the ’40s and ’50s, back when they were engines on toboggans.”
The star of the third annual weekend is expected to be the museum’s 1926 Model T Ford snowmobile, which will be at the head of the antique snowmobile and snowplow parades, held at noon Saturday and noon Sunday.
“The Model T will be out and running,” Morrison said.
The machine is a basic Model T automobile that was customized by a New Hampshire company with skids and an extra set of wheels for snow travel.
“They were popular in Maine and throughout northern New England,” he said. “It was a good way you could get through the snow.”
A thousand people came to last year’s winter transportation festival, and Morrison said it’s hoped at least 150 vehicles will be on display this year.
“This year, we really are making it a family event,” he said. “It’s not just snowmobiles any more.”
In addition to the parades, winter activities include “snowball catapults,” snowmobile and skiing trails, a snowman building contest, and a giant hill for sliding.
“WinterFest is a fun way for families to embrace winter,” said event coordinator Cathy Hardy.
WinterFest will take place at 117 Museum St. (off Route 73) from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, and Sunday, Feb. 15. For information about the event, go to www.owlshead.org or call 594-4418.