Vintage snowmobiles to race at Spud Speedway

Posted Jan. 15, 2010, at 9:59 p.m.

The Limestone Snow Hawks Snowmobile Club and Spud Speedway are combining forces to bring snowmobile racing to Aroostook County.

The groups will host Vintage Racing Snowmobiling Association races at the track throughout the winter. Those races will feature sleds that conform to a uniform rule package for sleds that were built in 1973 or before.

Stock and modified division races will be staged, as will races in women’s and children’s divisions.

Racers from across the state and beyond are expected to compete with local riders in the races, which begin today with the first points race of the year.

Other races are scheduled for Feb. 13, to coincide with the Caribou Winter Carnival, and the season finale is set for March 6. All races start at 2 p.m.

The Limestone Snow Hawks Snowmobile Club is using the races as a fundraiser to support the dragging and maintenance of trails in the Limestone area. The racetrack is located just off ITS 81 and homemade chicken stew and ployes will be served at each race for just $5.

Family fun day set Down East

The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands is holding a Winter Family Fun Day at Cobscook Bay State Park in Edmunds Township on Jan. 23.

“The Winter Family Fun Day is the first event of its kind to be held at the unique coastal park, and it is designed with a special purpose,” park manager Matt McGuire said in a BPL press release. “This is a big effort to reconnect the people of our local communities with the park, because this is really their park.”

The event is also designed to show people that the park is a four-season facility with numerous groomed cross country ski and snowshoe trails along the shores of Cobscook Bay.

The event will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the park. Admission is $1.50 for those age 12 to 64. Those under 12 or 65 and older get in free. Lunch will be provided.

The day’s activities will include cross country skiing and snowshoeing, and all equipment will be provided. In addition, a sled will be towed behind a snowmobile to get small groups of people out onto the trails in a more comfortable fashion. Ice skating will be offered at Headquarters Pond, and a sledding hill will be utilized.

Andy Hutchinson, the park manager at Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park in Freeport, will be on hand to present two interpretive walks. One will focus on winter habits and habitats of park creatures, the other on the Maine coastline in winter, including clam flats and birds.

Special kids activities on tap: building birdhouses and a visit from Smokey Bear.

For more information, call the park at 726-4412 or go to http://www.parksandlands.com.

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