Snowfest is on for Norway lake this weekend

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NORWAY – The annual Snowfest on Lake Pennesseewassee is on for this weekend.

“We’re a go,” Diane Gammon, president of the Norway Trackers Snowmobile Club, said Tuesday.

With temperatures falling into the single numbers by midweek and a good coating of snow on the ground, Gammon said the ice should be about 12 inches deep by the weekend, with plenty of snow for the drag races and radar runs Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26 and 27.

Hours are 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. on both days.

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Snowfest draws thousands of snowmobile enthusiasts and observers to Lake Pennesseewassee beside Route 118 for drag racing and radar runs each year. Proceeds pay for maintenance and grooming of about 50 miles of trails.

Gammon said the lake ice at the cove measured about 8 inches and the runway measured nine inches on Sunday.

“We’re pretty confident we’ll have 12 inches of ice on the runway by this weekend,” she said.

Snow conditions are fine for the racetrack. “We don’t need a lot of snow for the racing but we like it so people can ride their machines to the lake to watch,” she said.

Drag racing will occur Saturday and radar runs on Sunday. Food and drinks will be available on the lake.

The entry fee is $20 for drag racing on the 660-foot ice track, $15 for the snow track. Radar runs are $5, or $20 for five runs. This year there will be classes for vintage sleds: stock and modified. Stock sleds will run on the snow track only and modified sleds will run on the ice only.

Admission for spectators is free.

More information is available at www.norwaytrackers.com.

ldixon@sunjournal.com

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