SnowFest Acadie takes off Thursday, March 15

ACADIA OF THE LANDS AND FORESTS — Acadia of the Land and Forests includes northern Aroostook County in Maine, Témiscouata County in Québec, and northwestern New Brunswick. It is said to be the region where snow is manufactured. Winter reigns from late November to mid-April.

SnowFest Acadie celebrates all things winter, and this year will be no exception. The SnowFest Acadie International Snowmobile Festival, slated March 15-18, has a number of events on tap.

One of the most spectacular events is the international jump, where X Games double medalist Brett Turcotte will make a jump from Fort Kent over the Saint John River, which divides the United States and Canada, to land on the Canadian side near Saint-Francois in Upper Madawaska.

Other events are the 200-mile endurance rally from Pohénégamook in Témiscouata, Quebec, a Sled Peak at Mont Farlagne in Edmundston, N.B., and a unique Ice Carousel at Long Lake in St. Agatha, in addition to marked snowmobile trails.

The Endurance rally will take participants more than 200 miles through Témiscouata and northwest New Brunswick. The rally will start from the municipal beach of Pohénégamook.

The winner will receive a prize of $25,000, and nine $1,000 prizes will go to the next nine finishers. Snowmobilers interested can register online at the SnowFest Acadie 2018 website ( A maximum of 150 riders will be accepted.

The finish line will be at the Pohénégamook Outdoor Center, where the community will welcome participants. Food and refreshments will be available on site.

Through the weekend, communities have also mobilized to showcase maple and other regional products, a country/western evening, karaoke, bonfires and more. Singer-songwriter Sara Dufour, herself an amateur snowmobiler, will offer the closing show, followed by fireworks.

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