Joe McLafferty of Turner, Maine, hobbles by a snowmobile on crutches before a Rave-X freestyle show at the Snodeo, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in Rangeley, Maine. McLafferty, one of the show's most accomplished performers, blew out his knee during a crash a couple days before the exhibition. After rehab, he plans to be back next year. Buy Photo
Riley Small, 4, of Livermore, Maine, races across Rangeley Lake during the Radar Run at the Snodeo, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in Rangeley, Maine. Small's Arctic Kitty sled hit a speed of 7.2 mph. Buy Photo
Snowmobilers travel a trail leading to Rangeley Lake during the Snodeo, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in Rangeley, Maine. Several hundred riders descended on Rangeley for the annual celebration of snowmobiling. Buy Photo
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.