Clubs bringing out the snowmobiles a little early next Saturday

PLATTSBURGH - To raise money to keep the local snowmobile trails kept up during the winter, the snowmobiles are coming out in the fall.

Next Saturday, Sept. 25, the fourth annual Grass Drags, Vintage Show and Swap Meet will be held by the five snowmobile clubs in Clinton County - Saranac's Mountain Lions Snowmobile Club, Ellenburg Center's Northern Adirondack Trailbreakers Snowmobile Club, West Chazy's Northern Tier Sno-runners, Plattsburgh's Trailgroomers Snowmobile Club, and Peru's Trail Finders Snowmobile Club.

"All snowmobile trails are funded through registration of snowmobiler's sleds. All money is really coming from the snowmobilers themselves," explained Peru's club president Mike Relation. "It is not tax money."

The show will be held at Airborne Speedway on Broderick Road, with gates opening at 9 a.m., registration held from 9 to 11 a.m., and races beginning at 12 p.m. sharp.

Relation explained there are different classes of snowmobiles, and snowmobilers are paired against one another depending on their class.

"It depends on the size of the snowmobiles, size of the motor, and whether you have studs in your track, you don't have studs in your track," he said. "They've got a regular technical crew that sort the sleds out so that you don't run your 1,000cc sled against a 200cc sled.

"You pay your fee, you come up to the line ... the light changes, and you put the pedal to the metal and away you go across the field," Relation added.

The day also includes the vintage show, which typically brings in 30 to 40 sleds every year, although Relation hopes more will take interest in it. The registration price for the show is $5 per sled, with a maximum fee of $20.

Spectators can also take part in the swap meet, which brought out Della and Roberts Sport Center with new sleds last year.

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