Saturday, 18 February 2017 16:33

Winter Festival of Speed has Raised $150,000 for Local Groups

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Michelle McDougall, Lac La Biche Region Economic Development Coordinator Michelle McDougall, Lac La Biche Region Economic Development Coordinator

Snow and ice will fly at the 2017 Winter Festival of Speed in Lac La Biche February 25th and 26th! The racers will go flat out all weekend racing cars, snowmobiles, motorcycles, and quads – each competing on tracks dedicated to their specific sport. Western Racing Champions will be crowned, but there are other winners too! Local groups will benefit from the money raised.

Quads take to the start line

I talk with Michele McDougall about this big winter event.

“When we launched our first Winter Festival of Speed 25 years ago we decided to give back to the community” says Ken Staples, Festival Event Coordinator. “The festival snowballed and as we added more events, more groups came forward and ultimately helped make our event the success that it is. We are proud to have donated more than $150,000 to 30 local organizations. Talk about a win-win!”.

The festival features family-friendly activities: sleigh rides, skating, kids carnival, and for the more adventurous, axe-throwing! The charity race is always a huge draw and provides local drivers a chance to see what it’s like behind the wheel.

High speed into the final turn

Each year, organizers create a smooth runway on the icy lake and more than 50 pilots maneuver their landing gear for Canada’s only Ice Fly-In. The flag drops for the first race of the 2017 Winter Festival Saturday, February 25th at 1 pm. Mayor of Lac La Biche County Omer Moghrabi will do the honours.

The motorcyle ice racers are off

 

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