Toboggan Championships Cap Weekend of Family Winter Activities

New events, new categories and new sponsors are the reasons that the 2011 U.S. National Toboggan Championships, being held the weekend of February 11, 2011, will be better than ever.

For the past 20 years, the Toboggan Championships has drawn participants from all over the country. This year, riders will have the opportunity to compete in the new Experimental category featuring custom-designed and built toboggans. In addition, families will have a host of activities to check out, including a welcome reception, tubing, skiing, chili challenge, costume contest and fireworks, as well as the new Children’s Challenge, featuring on-snow activities for all ages. The event continues to grow nationally, and this year new sponsors have come on board including Maine Today Media and L.L. Bean.

“We’ve had families come from Florida to California for the excitement of being part of a true Maine winter outdoor festival; all to watch 425 teams of goofy costumed “athletes” fly down a 40 ft wooden chute onto a frozen pond “, said Dan Bookham, Executive Director of the Camden Rockport Lincolnville Chamber of Commerce.  “The Midcoast really comes alive in the winter. For the Toboggan weekend, there will be great entertainment on mountain and off, with fireworks in the harbor, activities for all ages and affordable lodging packages.”

What: U.S. National Toboggan Championships (Open to the Public)

When: Friday, February 11 through Sunday, February 13, 2011

Where: Camden Snow Bowl (www.camdensnowbowl.com), Camden, ME

Costs: 2 person division = $60, 3-person = $90, 4-person = $120; experimental = $100

Highlights: Affordable event for family and friends. Limited total entries and class sizes, even a design your own toboggan category.

Deadline to compete: Some spots still open, registrations close on Friday, January 28, 2011.

Sponsors: Gold – Maine Today Media, Inc. Silver – The First, Point Lookout, Village Soup, Liberty Hospitality, The Free Press and L.L. Bean.

Media Day: Friday, February 28.  Interview organizers, bring a video crew and take a ride down the chute!

To register to compete and to learn more about the U.S. Toboggan Nationals please visit http://winter.camdensnowbowl.com/21st-annual-toboggan-championships.

For more information on other activities in the area and lodging packages please visit http://www.camdenme.org/specials.

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