Area events are made possible and successful through volunteer efforts

To the Editor:

Well, it looks as if another season is about to take the checkered flag. Not sure how everyone did this winter business-wise, but in terms of winter sports, it seemed that it was pretty good…which leads me to the reason for this article.

I feel that the residents of the Town of Webb and Inlet are very fortunate. We have many great things going on in our communities. I am understanding of those who aren’t directly related to or care to participate in some of those things that are taking place. That’s okay. 

I will start with my thoughts on Snodeo. It’s an event that basically gets our snowmobile season started.

This event doesn’t just all of a sudden happen. It takes a lot of planning, time, money and volunteers.

Who makes this happen? The Central Adirondack Association (CAA). I know there are a lot of strong opinions out there about the CAA, but in the end it is a strong organization that is a huge part of our economy.

The CAA also sponsors  Christmas on Main Street, the Winter Carnival and the ever-popular St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Then for the grand finale, we have Snofest. I can’t emphasize enough how lucky we are to host all four snowmobile manufacturers and their representatives as they showcase the newest sleds right here in Old Forge. It is awesome!

Once again, I will say that the reason for these great events is hard work and dedication from the volunteers. It all starts with the CAA.

I would like to end my article on a little more personal note.

Snodeo and Snofest have two parts that are a little closer to home for me. My wife and I, along  with many volunteers and sponsors, run the kids’ race at Snodeo. This has become a big event that takes place during Snodeo.

The CAA covers the insurance costs, an anonymous donor pays for the commemorative t-shirts for all the kids, and Old Forge Camping Resort sponsors the trophies.

This year a Vintage Ice Oval race was scheduled to take place along with the Snofest weekend of events. While the word on the street was positive, Mother Nature didn’t cooperate.

The race was rescheduled for the next weekend and turned out to be a very successful event.

Once again, without generous contributions for insurance and trophies from the CAA, this event wouldn’t have happened.

I’m writing this article to remind everyone of how local events come to be. If it’s not mentioned, they may be overlooked and taken for granted.

These types of events will continue to take place, but all the organizations need some new blood and new volunteers who can bring some great ideas.

Here’s to a great spring and summer. Thank you.


Mike Ross,

Old Forge

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