LINCOLN — The Maine State Championship Sled Dog races, the featured attraction of Lincoln’s three-day winter carnival, are a go for this weekend.
Although Lincoln didn’t get as much snow as many other areas during Tuesday’s storm, the five inches of snow that fell was enough to hold the races. Lack of snow forced organizers to cancel races during the past two years.
“We can work with what [snow] we have,” said Mike McFalls, co-chairman of the winter carnival events. “As long as we keep these cool temperatures, we will keep the snow we’ve got.”
McFalls is expecting 80 or more mushers will turn out for the races, which begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Cobb Field.
“A race was canceled in Vermont so mushers are looking for a place to go, which means we get a better turnout here. The potential is great for a very good turnout of mushers,” McFalls said.
Cathy Pickett, a former president of the Downeast Sled Dog Club, says mushers are itching for a good race.
“Nearly everything has been canceled. It’s not been a real good year for snow activities,” she said.
Snow conditions were marginal for the races held last weekend in Greenville.
In addition to the sled dog races, Lincoln’s 12th annual winter carnival will include fireworks, an ice fishing derby, snowmobile and skiing competitions and many other activities running Friday through Sunday.
The three-day annual event is aimed at promoting local businesses by bringing hundreds of people to Lincoln. It is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce with the cooperation of other area organizations.
For more information about events, call the Chamber at 794-8065 or 1-888-794-8065.