GREENVILLE, Maine — The weekend of March 19-20 is shaping up to be a lively time in this tourist community and one that will likely help fill the coffers of local businesses.
The Moosehead Riders Snowmobile Club is sponsoring its second year of United States Cross Country Snowmobile racing, which will be the final points competition of the season for the Eastern Division. About 100 racers from as far away as South Dakota are expected to participate in the race, which will be held mostly on Moosehead Lake. There will be up to $10,000 in cash prizes awarded to the first three places in each racing class. The race classes include amateur, semi-pro, pro, age classes, women, kids, stock and modified.
The event is expected to draw hundreds of people to the small community, both to participate in and watch the weekend events. The USCC races will be broadcast on WTOS Radio.
‘’It’s huge as far as the economic impact for the community, especially this time of the year,’’ Everard Hayes, vice president of the Moosehead Riders Snowmobile Club, said Wednesday of the event. The snowmobile season generally winds down in mid March and then mud season arrives. ‘’This is going to give businesses in town that shot in the arm just before mud season. It’s a little economic boost.’’
To help keep the visitors and snowmobile enthusiasts in the community overnight, the club added a second day of activities on Sunday, when the ‘’King of the Lake’’ radar run will be held.
Last year, the club had planned to hold its first USCC race on a course on Little Moose Mountain, but warm weather melted the snow, causing the race to be moved in the final hours to the lake. The racers liked the course on the lake so much that the club decided to keep it there, Hayes said. Participants will find some jumps built into the course to make it a little more interesting, he said.
Hayes said the club is getting great support and help from the Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce, the town and local merchants. The town’s emergency services departments, the public works crew and the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department will
all help coordinate efforts to make the event a safe one, according to organizers.
Vender space for refreshments or snowmobile-related items is available on the Junction Wharf, the center of action during the event. For more information on renting space, contact Chris Shields at 695-3784.
To register for the USCC race, go to usccracing.com. For more information about the Greenville races, visit maine100.com.