Published Date Written by Barbara TetreaultPresidential Range Riders Vice President Ray Bergeron said this is the third year for the sled fest, which his club organizes with support from local businesses.
"It's one of our major fundraisers for the club," he said.
Bergeron said his club maintains hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails and the money helps to cover some of the cost involved.
He said the other goal of the event is to bring people into Gorham and showcase the beautiful small town. Bergeron said the town provides all required lodging, restaurant, and service amenities. Many restaurants are offering Sled Fest specials throughout the weekend.
The festival gets underway Friday with a welcome booth at the Town and Country Motor Inn from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Riders can sign up for raffles at that time. After unloading their sleds and checking out the local restaurants, riders are invited to the Gorham common at 7 p.m. for a bonfire hosted by the Gorham Fire Department. The Bucky Lewis Adult Comedy Show will take place starting at 8 p.m. at the Town and Country, sponsored by the Berlin City Auto Group.
Saturday's schedule of events kicks off with a Fireman's Breakfast by the Gorham fire department at the station from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
At the Gorham airport, there will be radar runs, demo rides, dealer displays, food vendors and an antique snowmobile display, taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Riders and guests are encouraged to check out the trail system which Bergeron described as extensive with trails heading to Maine, Berlin, Jefferson, Jericho Mountain State Park, Pine Mountain, and North Conway.
In the evening, the popular rock band, Riot Act, will perform at the Town and Country Motor Inn from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., again sponsored by the Berlin City Auto Group.
Sunday features the Mystery Poker Run, which will start at Motorcycle Snowmobile Service on Main Street. Bergeron said participants will be given a set of clues that will direct them to five different stops where they will pick up a card. The person holding the best hand at the end will win the event. He warned, however, that there is a mystery twist that will make the contest challenging.
"We didn't make it easy this year," he said.
The poker run will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with participants riding at their own pace. The event will conclude at 2 p.m. at Mr. Pizza where the winner will be determined.
Proceeds from the poker run will go to help Rich Daley in his battle against cancer. Bergeron said Daley has worked his entire career in the power sport business and the money will help with transportation costs.
A schedule of events can be found on the club's web site at presidentialrangeriders.org.