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    February 10, 2013

    Snow goes on for U.S. National Toboggan Championships Feb. 10

    Despite the cancellation of Saturday, Feb. 9, events due to the ongoing blizzard, Midcoast residents and visitors are still enjoying a thrilling and chilling weekend of tobogganing, culminating in the single-day U.S. National Toboggan Championships racing on Sunday, Feb. 10, at Camden Snow Bowl. It is the 23rd annual event and is a major fundraiser for the Snow Bowl. Among the first riders on the 400-foot iced ...

  • Published
    February 8, 2013

    Saturday toboggan events, Down the Chute canceled

    U.S. Toboggan Nationals begin today, Feb. 8, at Camden Snow Bowl and events planned for the day will proceed, according to officials. Friday's events will continue as planned, with all events one hour earlier than scheduled, according to a press release from the Toboggan Nationals committee. Andrew Dailey said the toboggan chute will be open Friday and the $5 fee will be waived for teams wishing to practice. Accor...

  • Published
    February 12, 2012

    2012 toboggan champions are….

    It was the Wingnuts, Spudrunner 3, Bull Hoss Fusiliers and Rumrunners who set the speeds this year at the 22nd Annual National Toboggan Championships held Feb. 10-12 at the Camden Snow Bowl. Top speed down the chute was 8.86 seconds, reached by four-person team Bull Hoss Fusiliers, followed by the experimental Rumrunners, at 8.88 seconds. Spudrunner 3, with three people aboard, fetched 8.89 seconds, and the Two ...

  • Published
    February 12, 2012

    Saturday afternoon on a frozen pond in Maine

    When thousands of people convene on the edge of a hill to beat time down a toboggan chute onto the ice, magic is bound to build. On Saturday, Feb. 11, under a lightly falling snow, competition for speed was keen, but the mood was light and creative, as friends set up temporary camps on the ice, cooked, ate, drank, danced, played Frisbee and hockey, fished, road bikes, strolled around, sat back on couches they ...

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    February 12, 2012

    Snow, wind greet competitors for 22nd U.S. Toboggan Nationals

    The falling, blowing snow in and around Hosmer Pond made for a fitting, idyllic scene during the first day of competition for the 22nd annual U.S. Toboggan National Championships Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Camden Snow Bowl. The popular three-day, fundraising event, which traditionally attracts competitors and spectators from around the world, again saw plenty of activity in and around Tobogganville, the ice-laden, ...

  • Published
    February 11, 2012

    Icing the chute for lightning speed

    An event that has grown in size and popularity such as the annual National Toboggan Championships can be attributed to a thousand small details, but one large collaborative mission -- to keep the heart and soul in a local winter festival, now in its 22nd year, that is being passed down through generations. A Message from the Camden Parks and Recreation Department and volunteer Event Committee: The original ...

  • Published
    February 11, 2012

    U.S. National Toboggan Championships schedule of events

    Here is the schedule for the 2012 U.S. National Toboggan Championships, being held Feb. 10-12 at the Camden Snow Bowl. Parking is limited at the Snow Bowl and is $5 per vehicle. Racers and visitors are encouraged to park in Camden, either at the Public Safety lot on Washington Street or the Public Landing off Bay View Street, and catch the shuttle, which leaves from Washington Street, next to the Camden Opera ...

  • Published
    February 14, 2011

    Oh chute: Iron Factory, Cracker My Ash, Four Wingnuts fastest weekend racers

    In the yearly February rite of winter, people from all over the world again flocked to the Camden Snow Bowl over the weekend to watch, party or race — or the combination of all three — in the popular, festive 21st annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships. When the final runs had been made Sunday, Iron Factory in the two-person, Cracker My Ash in the three-person and Four Wingnuts in the four-person categories...

  • Published
    February 13, 2011

    Toboggan nationals draw thousands to Camden

    By all anecdotal accounts (and while the spreadsheets are being calculated), the 21st U.S. National Toboggan Championships were a roaring success, for Ragged Mountain, Camden, and the broader Midcoast. Estimates of visitors to the toboggan chute and Tobogganville on Hosmer Pond range up to 6,000, while to Camden lodging, restaurants, stores and streets in general are up to 8,000. Not to mention the hospitality ...

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