Sled In is this Saturday

LIVERMORE FALLS – The weather is cooperating for the second annual Spruce Mountain Sled In, which takes place this Saturday, Feb. 8, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Livermore Falls Recreation Field.

“It’s way better this year. We have a lot more snow this year,” said organizer and Livermore Falls Downtown Betterment Group (LFDBG) President Bob Berry.

Andy Valley Riders trailmaster Barry Romano said that Berry’s enthusiasm for the Sled In was contagious when he talked with him as the event was coming together last year.

“He started getting me fired up,” said Romano. “Now, I’m fired up. It will add to the economy with people coming and people coming out that wouldn’t normally come out.”

There will be new events and activities for families as organizers anticipate a significantly larger number of people attending this year. A radar run for antique snowmobiles will be held, as snowmobilers see who can get from one end of the field to the other in the fastest time. The course will be more than 500 feet long.

Crayon Country Preschool offered to build a temporary skating rink, another new activity at the Sled In. The Town has cleared the area and has helped with snow moving to form berms.

There will be plenty of hot food and drinks served. People can visit the vendor booths of local businesses, and watch their playing children from beside a bonfire.

Other events include:

-Downhill sliding mountains, with tow up. This year, there will be three different hill sizes.

-Sleigh rides around the field, with a brand new sleigh this year.

-A hay bale maze for young children.

-A snow sculpture/snowman contest with cash prize.

-Antique sled displays.

-A bake sale put on by the Jay, Livermore, Livermore Falls Chamber of Commerce.

“I’ve seen more enthusiasm this year,” said Romano, pointing out that Berry and the Betterment Group had more time to plan it. “We’ll just see how it goes.”

“I’ve heard from a few parents of kids who went that they had such a good time last year, and they’re telling their friends,” said Berry.

For more information, check out the Sled In’s Facebook page.

The Sled In will conclude with a drawing of raffle items donated by more than 25 area businesses. Proceeds of the raffle will be split between the three local snowmobile clubs: Andy Valley Riders, Jug Hill Riders and the Livermore Trail Blazers, who are instrumental in planning and executing the event. Tickets are available at Cumberland Farms and My Friend’s Place in Livermore Falls and Otis Federal Credit Union in Jay, or from LFDBG Board Members.

Support for the raffle has been generous by local businesses:

GoPro Hero 3 Silver edition action camera ($300) from Otis Federal Credit Union; one ton wood pellets or $100 (winners choice) – Twin River Building Supply; one cord of firewood, East Side Firewood; $100 gift certificate to Cabela’s, Kay Dental; $100 gift certificate, PineTree Orthopedic Lab, Inc; one black and white matted photo – Cindy Rehagen Langewisch; one color matted photo by Cindy Rehagen Langewisch; $25 Gift Certificate, Pat’s Wallpaper; $25 gift card – Mill Street Café; $25 Gift Card – Howie’s Welding;

$20 gift card – Irish Snowmobile Parts; $25 gas card – Fabian Oil; $25 Ski Rental – Ski Depot; Oil change and inspection sticker – Romano’s Garage; Gift basket – Cumberland Farms; Auto detailing – Hilltop Body Shop; 12 quarts of 5-30 motor oil – Motor Supply; two pairs of work gloves – Motion Industry; Frechetti’s Ski Doo – one gallon of Ski Doo Oil (three separate gift items); Pizza Gift Certificate (two separate gift items) – My Dad’s Place; $25 Gift Card – DiPompo’s; $25 Gift Card – Osgoods; one month membership – Fitness Stylz; 20# propane refill – (three separate) Group Adams Propane.

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