Despite rain, Lincoln snowmobile races still on for weekend

About 700 spectators and 60 snowmobile racers attended the Lincoln Snowhounds Snowmobile Club's annual Sno-Cross Races in February 2011.
About 700 spectators and 60 snowmobile racers attended the Lincoln Snowhounds Snowmobile Club's annual Sno-Cross Races in February 2011. Buy Photo
Posted Feb. 01, 2013, at 5:54 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 01, 2013, at 6:57 p.m.

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About 700 spectators and 60 snowmobile racers attended the Lincoln Snowhounds Snowmobile Club's annual Sno-Cross Races in February 2011.
About 700 spectators and 60 snowmobile racers attended the Lincoln Snowhounds Snowmobile Club's annual Sno-Cross Races in February 2011. Buy Photo

LINCOLN, Maine — Don’t be fooled by the rain and balmy 45-degree temperatures of earlier this week: The Lincoln Snowhounds Snowmobile Club’s Sno-Cross races are still on this weekend.

But that’s not to say the warmer-than-average weather and rain Thursday didn’t nearly throw event planners for a loop Friday.

Interim Town Manager William Lawrence said he received “a panic call” from event coordinator Alan Smith looking for town trucks and snow with which a dozen volunteers prepared the event’s track on Friday.

Lawrence knew town workers could provide the equipment, as long as the club paid fuel costs, but he wasn’t so sure they and the club’s volunteers could find enough snow to complete the half-mile track.

But they did, said Smith, who said he never really doubted that the races would continue on schedule.

“We had a pretty good base built early which allowed it to freeze up. What we are doing today is finishing up the patches that the rain took out,” Smith said.

Located at the club’s clubhouse off Town Farm Road, the event will run from 11 a.m. to dusk Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $10 per day for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12. Several dozen professional and amateur racers are expected to participate. Entrants are welcome to register on race days from 8-10 a.m. on both days.

The event is the club’s largest fundraiser and helps the club maintain about 80 miles of snowmobile trails in and around Lincoln, including ITS’ 81 and 82, key trails in the statewide network.

Follow BDN writer Nick Sambides Jr. on Twitter at @NickSam2BDN.

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