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Brant Lake fest on ice surpasses expectations

Two local teams, “Rustic Plumbing” (left) and another representing The Crossroads general store compete in the outhouse races held Saturday during Brant Lake Winter Carnival. A record number of 550 to 600 people attended the fest which featured a number of new events and activities.
Photo by Brandon Himoff

Two local teams, “Rustic Plumbing” (left) and another representing The Crossroads general store compete in the outhouse races held Saturday during Brant Lake Winter Carnival. A record number of 550 to 600 people attended the fest which featured a number of new events and activities. Photo by Brandon Himoff Photo by Thom Randall.

— Another new feature of the Brant Lake Winter Carnival was the vintage snowmobile display which included several sleds owned by Derek Monroe of Brant Lake. Capturing spectators’ interest was the 1965 Bolens Diablo Rouge Model, a lengthy contraption, jointed in the middle, that looked like a farm implement or a dated amusement ride.

Monroe’s vintage sleds, as well as a lineup of others from the early 1970s, spurred conversations at the event.

A good number of hardy souls competed in the snowshoe softball games, the broomball showdowns and the hockey shoot-outs.

The outhouse race featured fierce but friendly competition, with runners’ feet spraying rooster tails of ice shards as they pushed the homemade contraptions over the ice.

One leading competitor was a team representing Scott Remington and his Spinal Cord Research charity. A team of Scott’s family and friends propelled the outhouse named “Just an Accident” after Remington’s book detailing his logging accident in 1999 that left him paralyzed, and describes his subsequent commitment to charitable works. Scott’s daughter Jenna Remington rode in the outhouse, as John Remington, Adrian

Wood, Caleb Mead and Kyle Moffitt pushed the rig.

Near the finish line, however, a runner got tangled up in rope and fell, and the outhouse fell forward on the ice. The crowd gasped as Jenna Remington’s head crashed through the ouhouse roof, but she jumped up raising her arms in the air, assuring the cheering crowd she was uninjured.

Following the race, Scott Remington said his team was aiming to win in 2015.

“We didn’t win this year, but we put on a heck of a show!” he said.

Placing first in the race was the Chemo-De crew headed up by Linda Goodman of Hudson Falls, whose craft was named in honor of cancer patients undergoing chemo treatments. Her crew had raced last weekend, along with Amy Sabattis’ “Dump Dynasty” team which recorded faster times this weekend on Brant Lake. Runners for her camouflage-garbed team were Steven Hammond, Shaun Burbo, Jack VanDerWarker and Ike Allen.

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