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Winterfest 2011

COME BACK TO WHERE IT ALL STARTED
WINTERFEST 2011
FEBRUARY 18-26
Join us this February for Winterfest as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Polaris test trip into the Allagash. Several Polaris officials will be on hand to mark this historic event. Anyone with any brand of antique/vintage sled is are encouraged to attend the celebration to mark what was probably the first group snowmobile trip of significance in the State of Maine and beginning of snowmobiling in the State as we know it. 50 years ago 7 men set out on a weeklong trip and a reace against dog teams to Chamberlain, the dog teams could not finish and were rescued by the sledders near Churchhill Lake. The 7 men went on and completed the trip and two of the original sleds from that trip will be on display.

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