Over the last few years the weather has not been kind to local snowmobilers, but that was not the case on Saturday.
Sunshine and mild temperatures made for a great day for the Riverside Heights Snowmobile Club’s third annual snowmobile show and swap meet.
“We really lucked out with the weather,” said Dave Shaver, club president. “Overnight thunderstorms had us worried, as the success of events like this one are so dependant on the weather, but it ended up being a perfect day.”
Area snowmobile dealers, including Jim’s Performance of Iroquois, Crossings of Prescott and Irwin’s of Cornwall, had displays on site featuring the latest models. “They all had terrific displays,” said Shaver, who was pleased to have such strong support from them.
The vintage and racing sleds made for an impressive display.
Thirty-nine vintage snowmobiles were on display brought from collectors both locally and from a little farther afield including Brockville, Lanark, Kemptville, North Gower, Toledo and even Shawville, Quebec.
“There were a lot of really rare machines,” said Shaver. “I thought I had seen a lot of different vintage sleds, but there was one there that I had never seen before,” he said referring to the 1972 Snoblazer.
Twelve trophies were handed out to those judged as the various class winners.
“The organizing committee for the event worked really hard and did a great job,” said Shaver.
“We were able to expand our list of contacts for the future, so we should be able to make it even bigger next year.”