CHESTER -- Warren County is working to become the snowmobile “sno cross” capital of upstate New York.
Fresh off two weekends of good crowds at snowmobile sno events in Lake George, efforts are under way to organize a winter carnival that will include three weekends of snowmobile-themed events at Green Mansions Golf Club.
Organizer Ron Walker in recent days secured nearly $7,000 in occupancy tax funding through Warren County and the town of Warrensburg to promote the events, which will start this weekend with a Northeast Sno X Series event on Saturday and Sunday. He said 60 to 70 riders are expected.
Walker said the snowmobile event will be part of a weekend-long winter carnival of music, food and a bonfire that starts Friday night. Groups from the Warrensburg and North Warren school districts will be selling food as fund raisers during the weekend. The events are open to the public.
“We’re going to make a whole weekend of it,” Walker said.
Another snowmobile “sno cross” event dubbed “snomageddon” will be held at Green Mansions the following weekend, followed by a vintage snowmobile weekend over the first weekend of March.
The county Board of Supervisors Occupancy Tax Coordination Committee accepted a late application for funding for promotion and debated it Monday. The committee’s funding originates from a 4 percent tax on hotel and motel rooms, and the money is supposed to be used to promote events that will attract guests to stay in the area overnight.
Lake Luzerne Supervisor Gene Merlino said the snowmobile events have shown they can bring people to the region during winter weekends that are normally quiet. Two were held during recent weeks at Charles R. Wood Park in Lake George, with manmade snow used the first weekend.
“The two events in Lake George were very popular and this is the slow season,” Merlino said. “It helps businesspeople in the area and brings in sales tax and occupancy tax dollars.”
“This (sno cross) was very successful in Lake George,” Lake George Supervisor Dennis Dickinson said.
The county committee gave the event $3,970 on Monday, while Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty — chairman of the county Board of Supervisors — said Warrensburg gave $3,000 of its occupancy tax funds.