NORWAY – The annual Norway Trackers Snowfest will be held Saturday and Sunday on Lake Pennesseewassee.

The ice was 12 to 14 inches thick last week, and club President Diane Gammon said organizers will drill more holes this week to see if it has surpassed that depth.

The organization received its outdoor festival license from the Board of Selectmen late last week. During the hearing, Gammon told selectmen there will be a few changes in the program this year. The annual chowder fest, which is traditionally held in the Little Red School House on Route  118, will be moved onto the ice simply because there were not enough volunteers this year to man the building, she said.

“We apologize for that,” Gammon said.

Last year before the event, a van went through the ice at cove near the boat ramp and that area will be roped off this year, she advised.

According to the rules of the event, which are posted on the Norway Trackers Club website at www.norwaytrackers.com, registration for the Saturday races is from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. with races starting at 10:30 a.m. on the ice track and snow track.

A $20 entry fee is being charged, with $10 going toward the purse. No trophies will be handed out this year but cash prizes will.

The ice track is being run with the Maine State Drag Association so their rules apply. To run on the ice track you have to be a member of the MSDA or pay $10 on site for a day membership, according to the information on the Norway Trackers website. There is also a $5 sled tech fee. The Porta Tree timing system will be used to score the races.

The snow track is being run by the Norway Trackers so the Maine State Drag Racing Association rules won’t apply. The track is for sleds without studs and sleds with carbide studs.

On Sunday, there will be drag racing, radar runs and an antique snowmobile contest. Drag racing will be on the ice track with radar runs on the snow track. Radar runs are $5 per person and participants must be 18 or older and wear a helmet. Registration is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with races starting at 10 a.m.

Participants will judge the antique snowmobile contest for cash prizes.

More information is available on line at www.norwaytrackers.com

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