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Snow Sled TechnoFest invades Old Forge

OLD FORGE Mother Nature provided a fresh coating of snow for Old Forges first annual SnoFest 2007. Old Forge works hard to claim the title, Snowmobile Capital of the World. They began the snowmobile season with their 31st annual Snodeo event in early December. This is the first year they were able to end the season with a similar event. SnoFest 2007 began in the mind of snowmobiler Brian Mahardy, who envisioned a weekend long event that would highlight the cutting-edge technology of the newest snowmobiles. Eager riders flocked to the North Street Recreation Center to discover the latest in equipment and accessories. The location was perfect for the event. The large pavilion allowed representatives to set up inside out of the wind. Outside, people were able to test drive the snowmobiles they might be driving next snow season. Additionally, they were treated to a spectacular demonstration of snowmobile jumping by Legion Freestyle Snowcrossers. Stir in music and food, and you have the makings of a great weekend. In anticipation of the large numbers expected, organizers provided shuttle busses to transport people from various parking lots to the pavilion. These busses moved people in and out with a minimum amount of waiting. A unique aspect of the day was the display that promoted a video camera mounted on a snowmobilers helmet. Jones Cam had video displays set up to show actual camera footage, as well as footage of Legion Freestyle Snowcrossers. The cameras connect to a DVD recorder strapped to the drivers waist and record everything the driver sees. The equipment can be rented, whereupon the person takes home the DVD, or purchased outright. For the technical minded, there was a cutout snowmobile that let people see the inside workings of a sled. For the fashion conscious, the latest in clothing trends were displayed prominently in several locations. For those interested in more summer type activities, motorcycles, boats, ski-doos, and four-wheelers were scattered throughout the building. Everything a snowmobiler needs could be found in Old Forge this weekend, including a trailer to haul it all home. The snowmobile jumping attracted everyones attention. It isnt often that you see a snowmobile and rider flying through the air on purpose. Not only did the sleds fly, but the operators performed acrobatics at the same time, sometimes even taking their hands off the handlebars. The emcee promised that next years show would be doubly exciting. It turned out that people werent the only ones interested in the goings on in Old Forge this weekend. A small group of four deer was seen wandering around town, taking in the sites and enjoying a free meal. A muskrat even poked his nose out for a time. Old Forge is off the beaten path, but it is definitely the place for serious snowmobile enthusiasts. Lots of snow, acres of trails, and top of the line equipment. What more can anyone ask for?

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