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Toboggan Nationals kick off Friday

By Staff | Feb 03, 2014
Photo by: Dwight Collins The Ken Bailey timing shed is the nerve center for the national event held at the Camden Snow Bowl.
Riding the toboggan chute at Camden Snow Bowl
(Video by: Stephanie Grinnell)

Camden — The chute is icy, sleds are waxed and spirits are high at Camden Snow Bowl as organizers prepare for the Friday kick-off of the annual U.S. Toboggan Championships.

Toboggan Race Chairman Holly Edwards noted the ground around the chute as well as on Hosmer Pond is quite icy and recommends attendees take precautions by wearing ice-gripping footwear or crampons. Otherwise, though, she said, conditions are good both for racing and spectators.

This year, a new twist was added in the hopes of extending the attraction to the area with Winterfest Feb. 1 and 2 featuring snow sculptures around town, including the Village Green and Snow Bowl, as well as the first CamJam. (See related story.)

Also new is the shuttle bus location, now picking up and dropping off near the Village Green.

For those not willing to accept the challenge of traversing the icy toboggan chute at speeds of up to 40 mph, there are a multitude of other activities planned for Feb. 7 to 9.

Tobogganville will host the annual Chili and Chowder Challenge along with mechanical bull rides. Nearby, in the West Bay Rotary tent, attendees will sample beer and wine from Maine’s top brewers and vintners at the second annual Down the Chute Beer and Wine Challenge. Tickets for the Down the Chute Beer and Wine Challenge are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. All proceeds benefit the West Bay Rotary.

The fun continues with bonfires, food vendors, and live music all weekend long. (For a full schedule of events, click here.)

The funds from this year’s championships benefit the municipally-owned and operated Camden Snow Bowl, which will undergo major renovations to include new chair lifts and a new lodge.

For more information visit camdensnowbowl.com or call 236-3438.

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