LONG LAKE - The Moonlighter's 9th annual Winter Carnival will kick-off on Jan. 16 in Long Lake and will feature the historic Northern New York Snowsled Races on Jennings Park Pond on Jan. 17.
Long Lake has been void of their notorious 100-miler snowmobile race for many years. Local racers, however, would not let the sport die in their tiny town. Gabe Farr -racer and employee of the New York State Electric and Gas Company - kept the sport alive and will take the course on Sunday on one of his vintage snowsleds.
Farr has been racing vintage sleds for over 10 years and boasts a number of trophies to prove his dedication. He has built up an impressive fleet of snowmobiles for these races including a 1976 440 Liquid Cooled Mercury Sno Twister, a 1975 440 Free Air Mercury Sno Twister, a 1975 340 Free Air Mercury Sno Twister and a 1975 340 Fan-cooled Mercury Trail Twister.
Recently, Farr returned from the World Championships in Eagle River, Wisconsin. He was joined by his father, Brian Farr and friend, Johnny Walker as pit crew.
"I rely on them to get me through the schedule and I couldn't' do it without them," Farr said. "It really is a team effort."
Snowmobile racing has been a tradition in the family since Farr was a child.
"I hope to see my sun racing my sleds someday," he said.
Farr races between eight and 12 times a year on the Northern New York Circuit. He starts up his season on Jennings Park Pond as soon as the ice is thick enough.
"My favorite place to sled is on the smaller tracks," he said. "They may not be as fast, but do require more driver skill."
This year, Farr will sponsor local Ryan Kitchen on one of his sleds in the Long Lake races. This will be Kitchen's first competitive start.
The Vintage Snosled races are sponsored in part by the Long Lake Lions Club, who realized that the races once a staple in Long Lake are sorely missed.
The races begin at noon and the public is encourages to attend. There is a $10 entrance fee.