PLATTSBURGH - The EastCoast Snocross Series has been deemed a success.
The first-ever event held at the Crete Memorial Civic Center drew thousands last weekend, with approximately 200 riders participating in the two-day event.
ECS promoter Phil Whipple said he felt the event went "very well overall, especially for a first-time show."
"The feedback I got from fans was very positive, and I think the promoters were quite pleased with attendance numbers," said Whipple, who said attendance was just below 5,000 people.
Barb Storandt of Cumberland Head said her husband, Eric, and 3-year-old son, Max, were excited about going to the Snocross, having seen preparations being made for the event at the civic center in the days before.
"Once we found out about the snowmobiles and racing, we knew this was going to be a great opportunity to expose our kids to something they don't see every day," said Storandt. "Max and Eric had a great time together. They're both still talking about how high some of the jumps were."
The day was made even more special for Max when one of the racers gave him the fifth place trophy he had won during a race.
"To a 3-year-old boy, these riders were superstars," said Storandt. "Being able to walk right up to one of them and have a conversation made Max feel like he was part of the event. Taking home the rider's prize was gravy at that point."
Minnick Duprey of Mooers Forks brought her three sons to the event - Avery Roberts, 4; Hunter Roberts, 6; and Brett Duprey, 18 - with each finding something to enjoy about the event, she said.
"We enjoyed the action because there was always something going on," said Duprey, who added races were timed well enough her kids didn't have time to get bored.