Sleds blessed, riders fed in Mexico

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During the Blessing of the Sleds in Mexico on Saturday, many of those attending enjoyed a variety of foods cooked outside: “fair sausage,” hot dogs, burgers and fries. (Bruce Farrin/Rumford Falls Times editor)

Some 40 snowmobilers participated in the 21st annual Blessing of the Sleds in Mexico on Saturday. At right, Pastor Izzy Radford-Nash of the Mexico Congregational Church gives the blessing. At left, Chris Bryant of the Trailblazers snowmobile club accepted donations and Don Johnson of the Poodunck club passed out Blessing of the Sleds stickers. (Bruce Farrin/Rumford Falls Times editor)

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Mara Smith slides with her daughter, Mya Lennon, 5, down a little hill during a winter fun day hosted by the Mexico Bicentennial Committee on Saturday during the Blessing of the Sleds in Mexico. (Bruce Farrin/Rumford Falls Times editor)

Caroline Mitchell said she was “holding down the fort” as she sits at her “couch” during a winter fun day hosted by the Mexico Bicentennial Committee on Saturday during the Blessing of the Sleds in Mexico. (Bruce Farrin/Rumford Falls Times editor)

MEXICO — A blanket of fresh snow and mild temps made for a terrific Blessing of the Sleds event Saturday outside Mountain Valley Middle School.

The 21st annual event is the major fundraiser for the Trailblazers and Poodunck snowmobile clubs. For the first time, both clubs had their groomers there, with the event banner hung between them as the 40 participating snowmobilers traveled beneath.

Blessing the snowmobilers was Pastor Izzy Radford-Nash of the Mexico Congregational Church, with Chris Bryant of the Trailblazers accepting donations and Don Johnson of Poodunck passing out Blessing of the Sleds stickers.

People enjoyed a variety of foods cooked outside: “fair sausage,” hot dogs, burgers and fries.

There was a 50/50 drawing, raffles and an inside poker run. Several wore their new “Blessing” sweatshirts at the event.

Also at the event, the Mexico Bicentennial Committee held a winter fun day and Hope Association conducted its annual Ride-In.

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