Loon Echo to celebrate 25th anniversary with Snowfest

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BRIDGTON — In celebration of their 25th anniversary, Loon Echo Land Trust will hold the inaugural Snowfest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Five Fields Farm in South Bridgton.

The outdoor celebration will include a 5K cross county ski race at 11 a.m., a kids’ 1K ski race at 11:30 a.m., a 3K snowshoe race at noon and a snowshoe scavenger hunt held on the adjacent Bald Pate Mountain at 1 p.m. Races are casual and suitable for all levels.

Between events warm up by the bonfire and enjoy hot chocolate and refreshments. Come for one or all of the events or simply enjoy the trails and preserve at your own pace. The nominal fee of $10 for adults and $5 for children will include trail passes, food and prizes. Bring your own equipment; rentals are available on-site if needed.

Snowfest is the first of several outdoor events on the preserves in celebration of Loon Echo’s 25th anniversary. This event is a great opportunity to learn about Loon Echo’s mission of conserving land in the northern Sebago Lake region and to get community members active on the preserves.

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Participants should meet at Five Fields Farm on Route 107, where all races will get underway. The course will follow the groomed trails that loop through both the apple orchard and the more challenging section of Bald Pate Mountain preserve.

Find out more about Loon Echo, their events or other land protection programs by visiting www.loonecholandtrust.org. For more information about Snowfest, contact Carol Meader at 749-9560 or trek@lelt.org.

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