Snowfest slated in South Bridgton

By Dawn De Busk

Staff Writer

Following a few late February snowfalls, it appears Mother Nature has laid down the blanket of snow and the ideal backdrop for this weekend’s outdoor celebration.

The venue: Twelve miles of cross-country ski trails connecting Bald Pate Mountain to the apple orchards of Five Field Farms. The reason to celebrate: Loon Echo Land Trust (LELT) is observing its 25th anniversary.

In South Bridgton, a family fun day called Snowfest will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition to low-key ski races and a scavenger hunt on snowshoes, Snowfest participants will join residents around the state during Great Maine Outdoor Weekend.

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What: Snowfest, LELT-sponsored family fun event, held in conjunction with Great Maine Outdoor Weekend

Where: Five Fields Farms in So. Bridgton, Route 117

Some events are located at Bald Pate Mountain trailhead

When: Saturday, March 3, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more info: Check out Loonecholandtrust.org, and click on events.

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According to LELT Membership and Communications Coordinator Beth Phelps, Snowfest is part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, which was designed to promote outdoor recreational activities done during the winter.

The LELT-sponsored Snowfest has a line-up of races with a 5K ski race for adults at 11 a.m., and a 1K ski race for children at 11:30. For those who prefer snowshoes on their feet, that 3K race begins at noon.

As is customary at outdoor wintertime events, a bonfire will be built and hot cocoa will be served.

Not only does the 12-mile ski loop have ample snow, it also has scenic views worth the drive to ski there, Phelps said. Tom Gyger, who operates Five Field Farms apple orchards, provides public access on his land thus expanding the cross-country ski options for enthusiasts, Phelps said.

“Tom said the trails were in good condition after the dog sled races. I drive by there and the snow looks like it is good shape,” she said. “With the snow that is coming Thursday, we should have fabulous conditions.”

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