Trailfinders annual vintage sled show this Sunday at VFW

PERU - Snowmobile enthusiasts from across the North Country will come together this weekend to witness an annual display of some of the area's most unique and vintage snowmobiles.

The Trailfinders Snowmobile Club of Peru will host its 8th annual Vintage Sled Show at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 309, State Route 22B, this Sunday, Jan. 4. In addition to various makes and models of snowmobiles being on display, the event will include a contest awarding prizes to the top machines in each class.

The classes will consist of 1966 and older, 1967-69, 1970-73, and 1974 and newer, as well as a muscle class and mini class.

Club president Michael Relation said the event will be an opportunity for the community to come out and "look at all the old sleds and how things used to be."

"This is a chance for people to get the heck out of the house, get away from the TV and the cabin fever for a couple hours," said Relation.

The event will include raffles of several donated items and refreshments are expected to be available.

The snowmobile show is just another example of how the sport of snowmobiling is moving away from being a male-dominated activity, said Relation.

"We have a lot of kids who come to the show and bring their sleds," he said. "Snowmobiling is beginning to become a very family-oriented sport. There are more and more women and kids involved and if you can get kids involved in this instead of watching TV, getting them out in the fresh air, then that's good for them."

The show tends to attract a crowd each year, said Relation, and with good weather anticipated for the weekend, he feels it will be another banner year for the event. On average, the competition attracts 50 participants and approximately 200 spectators.

"We'd still like to figure out how to make it bigger and better," he said.

This Sunday's show will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with registration from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Voting for winners in the respective classes will be held from 12-1 p.m.; trophies will be awarded from 2-3 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, including the cost to register a snowmobile in the event, call Relation at 643-8839.

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