Snowmobiles to race on Norwood Lake Saturday and Sunday
Friday, August 22, 2014 - 6:12 am

By MATT LINDSEY

NORWOOD -- The 25th Norwood Lake Regatta will continue its tradition of pro and semi-pro snowmobile races at the Norwood Beach Aug. 23 and 24.

“We are looking to continue with the tradition and success that the Norwood Regatta for and what it is what attracts people to the event each year,” said Norwood Mayor James H. McFaddin.

The gates open each day at 9 a.m. with the first races slated for an 11 a.m. start.

“The machines go around 70 mph. Its really something to see,” he said.

The Eastern Watercross Association will return to conduct the races, according to McFaddin.

“The races are what people look for with this event. We wanted it to be about the races,” McFaddin said.

Racers will compete in 600 and 800 (engine size) oval races which last each day until around 4 p.m.

“We have about 40 to 50 racers travelling from all over the United States and Canada to compete this year,” he said.

Aside from the races, there will be several vendors, crafters, legal beverages and food available.

“We will have our well-known fries again this year,” McFaddin said.

Pepsi-Cola Ogdensburg Bottlers have sponsored the event for the past 25 years.

“There is usually a turnout of anywhere from 500 to 1,000 people…depending on weather,” according to McFaddin.

Admission is $5 and children under age 12 are admitted for free.

“We are hoping for the same turnout and excitement as in years past. Profits from the event are returned to the community,” McFaddin said.