WARRENSBURG - Vintage snowmobile racing is returning Saturday to Echo Lake for the second year, and 500 to 600 or more snowmobile enthusiasts and spectators are expected to attend this first of two day-long series of races. The second of the race days is set for March 7.
Saturday's series of races, featuring as many as 100 or more vintage snowmobiles, is sanctioned by the Northern New York Vintage Snowsled Association.
Events are headquartered at Echo Lake Lodge, located off Hudson St., which will have a variety of food and drinks available.
Spectators can either view the races from the Lodge's deck, or from the shores of the lake.
Event organizer Dan Galusha of Warrensburg said that a large number of both competitors and spectators would experience a day full of racing action.
"The weather looks good for Saturday, and we should have a big turnout," organizer Dan Galusha said. "We expect an even bigger show this year -- despite the national economy."
In addition to those who enjoy hard-charging race action, the event attracts those who appreciate the vintage snowmobiles, primarily from the 1970s - whether it's inspecting their running gear and engines, or swapping tales about the early days of the sport.
"Last year, the event included a lot of nostalgia," Galusha said. "It allows people to see sleds they used to ride or the ones their father or grandfather used to own."
Local officials hailed the event this week as a well-conducted, successful attraction that boosts the local economy.
Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty praised Galusha and the young members of the Warrensburg Wrestling Club for their work in making the event successful in its debut year in 2008, and then expanding it to two days this year.
"This is quite a good event for our town, and considering how many people it brings here during the winter, we're happy about it," he said. "They put their hearts into it, and it's been very successful."