Mainers show off their snowmobile tricks at Rangeley’s Snodeo

Posted Jan. 26, 2012, at 6:29 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 27, 2012, at 8:41 a.m.

RANGELEY, Maine — If you took a young Evel Knievel, taught him some acrobatics and gave him a snowmobile, you would end up with someone like Kourtney Hungerford. The 20-something rider of West Yellowstone, Mont., wowed the crowd — and himself — with an unrehearsed, unplanned back flip off a jump during the Rave-X Outer Limits aerial show. The event, which featured freestyle riders launching themselves 35 feet into the air to perform thrilling tricks with names such as “Kiss of Death” and “Dead Body,” was the highlight of last weekend’s annual Snodeo.

The three-day celebration of snowmobiling brought hundreds of sledders to this western Maine town. The activities included the Radar Run, where riders screamed down a straightaway on frozen Rangeley Lake, hitting speeds around 100 mph. The crowd favorite, however, went a little slower. Four-year-old Riley Small of Livermore was clocked at under 8 mph.

On Saturday evening, with the temperature in the low single digits, Main Street was partially paved with snow for a parade led by the Parrotheads of the Northern Tropics. The group poked fun at the cold, decorating their sleds with palm trees and pirate bounty. The festivities concluded with a fireworks show on the lake.