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Snow Festival still on — with adjustments

Dina Olmstead
Staff writer
Posted 1/25/23

While a potential snowstorm might not be welcome news for some in the North Country, the possible 3 to 5 inches of fresh snow couldn’t come at a more opportune.

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Snow Festival still on — with adjustments


BOONVILLE — While a potential snowstorm might not be welcome news for some in the North Country, the possible 3 to 5 inches of fresh snow couldn’t come at a more opportune time for some organizers of the Boonville Snow Festival.

Earlier this week, the board of the Boonville Snow Festival II announced that races are still on for this weekend, Jan. 27-29, at the Boonville Fairgrounds — with the fluctuation of temperatures this winter, and a subsequent lack of snow, has resulted in some adjustments to the schedule.

Organizers said the event’s traditional torchlight parade would still be a go on Friday evening, if weather conditions, meaning enough snow, permit. According to forecasters with the National Weather Service late Tuesday, snow is likely for the North Country tonight into Thursday morning. While most of the area can expect 2 to 4 inches of snow to accumulate, another 1 to 3 inches could fall in and around the Boonville area, forecasters said.

If there is enough snow, the parade, sponsored by the Lost Trail Snowmobile Club, will begin promptly at 7 p.m. From there, the parade will follow the groomer to the Lost Trail Snowmobile Club on trail C7B, then enter the Boonville racetrack from Route 294. Those interested in participating are asked to arrive ready-to-go at the Boonville Town Barn, next to Tops, at 6:30 p.m. Entrants must have proof of insurance in order to participate.

The parade of snowmobilers will proceed in front of the grandstands, where the opening ceremony will be held, including Raising of the Colors by the Color Guard, the Blessing of the Track by Rev. Matthew Rawson, pastor of Christ Our Hope, and the introduction of the 2023 Grand Marshal Wendell Roberts, followed by fireworks by Majestic.

Note, if the parade is cancelled, the opening ceremony events, including the fireworks will still be held Friday evening.

Afterward the ceremony, participants are invited to an open house at the Lost Trail Snowmobile Club Groomer Barn, located across the road from the fairgrounds, where there will be a bonfire, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, hot cocoa, coffee, soda and water available.

The races will be held on both Saturday and Sunday with gates opening at approximately 9 a.m. both days and races starting at 10 a.m. The Vintage Show & Swap is also still scheduled as planned for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28.

The Lost Trail Snowmobile Club poker run is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 27 and 28, again weather permitting. Sledders are advised to stay tuned for updates. Should the weather cooperate, the poker run will begin and end at The Pub, 130 Main St., Boonville, with drawings at 7 p.m. Saturday evening.

Any changes or updates to the event schedule will be posted on the Boonville Snow Fest II Facebook page.

For questions, call 315-790-7460 or email


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