Snomobilers invited to step back in time

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OWLS HEAD-The Owls Head Transportation Museum will hold its first ever Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Festival Saturday, Feb. 10. Snowmobile owners from around the state will bring their old machines and will join antique snowplow trucks and snow-blowers for a parade around the museum’s exhibit area at noon.

Exhibitors will receive free admission to the event.

The public is also invited to bring and display modern snowmobiles in the museum’s main parking lot. Maine Snowmobile Association and Snowmobile Club members are invited to attend and will receive a reduced admission rate of $5 per person. A special family rate of $15 for parents and children is also being offered for the day.

Besides the noontime parade, other scheduled activities include dogsled demonstrations, rides in the museum’s 1926 Model T Ford snowmobile, children’s activities, snowmobile movies in the auditorium, and a presentation by Mark Kingsbury of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife.

Wayne Campbell of the Antique Snowmobile Museum in Millinocket, Jay Carsley of Coveside Wheel & Ski and retrosno.com of Newport, and Paul Bernier and Jonny Wakefield of United Sports Antique & Vintage Snowmobile Gallery of Turner are among the antique snowmobile exhibitors who will have machines from their collections on display.

Wayne Luce of Hope will exhibit his 2006 Arctic Cat T660 turbo touring limited edition Snowmobile, which will be contrasted with the museum’s 1926 Model T Ford snowmobile and some of the vintage snowmobiles of the ’60s.

Also on display will be a Lombard Log Hauler, a 1946 Oshkosh snowplow truck, a 1980 Tucker Sno-Cat and other vintage snow removal equipment. The Maine Snowmobile Association will have a booth and will sell raffle tickets. Historic Pittston Farm, a popular snowmobile destination in Rockwood, will be on hand to provide information about their facility in the northern Maine woods.

For more information, call Cathy Hardy at 594-4418, or visit the museum’s Web site, www.owlshead.org.

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