Snowmobile drag race raises money for the Blandford fair

Hampden County
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Blandford’s first ever snowmobile drag race took place on the town’s fairgrounds Saturday morning.

Dozens of residents from across the state had the need for speed Saturday morning. The first ever snowmobile drag race was held on the Blandford fairgrounds as a way to raise money for the annual Blandford Fair.

Money raised from the races will benefit the fair’s operations and entertainment. Blandford Fair president Bruce Wyman told 22News, “The money raised from today’s races will be going into our general operational fund and fund entertainment and actual operation of the fair, maintenance of the facilities, those kind of things.”

The drag race was chosen as this year’s fundraiser due to the popularity of snowmobiles up in the hilltowns.

Robert Noble of Northampton told 22News, “Snowmobiling is kind of a lifestyle, especially for people in the hilltowns. There’s trail systems where you can make it all the way to Canada and they are maintained by snowmobile clubs, basically just a big community.”

A community filled with drivers of all ages. A young Robert Kulas of Westfield explained, “I get to see all the different types of sleds and have the challenge to see if I can win against them.”

All contestants were separated into multiple heats depending on the size of their snowmobile.

Fair president Bruce Wyman said he plans to make the snowmobile races an annual fundraiser.

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