Locally known businessman Jim Gamage of 180 Sealcoating and Striping has been busy this fall and winter planning a tourism event for the Caribou area. SnowBowl 2023 promises thrills and chills for snowmobilers and snow lovers alike when the winter celebration kicks off March 2-5 in Caribou.
The thrills at the first-ever event will be supplied by a RaveX freestyle stunt show, Northeast SnoCross racing and Monster Truck rides. In addition, a casino night at area restaurants will include a grand prize, and winners of the snowmobile poker run will share a $4,000 pot.
The chills will come at a giant snowman-building charitable fundraiser, a historic snowmobile ride and when clubs compete in a Groomer Rodeo for the title of Aroostook County’s Best Groomer.
Recovery Aroostook, a Caribou-based nonprofit that serves those with substance use disorder, and other charities will benefit from the event. Follow Spud Speedway on Facebook for more detailed information.
The event kicks off with a sponsor party from 6-9 p.m. at Evergreen Lanes. Sponsors and guests will get tickets to the exclusive gathering.
SnowBowl Restaurant Casino Night, 5-10 p.m. Includes three $10 SnowBowl Bills — use one at each of three stops at participating restaurants. Play a casino game and win chips to compete for the the grand prize.
SnowBowl Groomer Rodeo, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Watch snowmobile clubs compete for the title of Aroostook County’s Best Groomer and get a free ride on the Monster Truck Moose Maine-iah during the SnoCross races.
SnowBowl Sled-a-bration on Bennett Drive, 4-9:30 p.m. Bennett Drive will be shut down and transformed for this free community event featuring a snowmobile stunt show by the Rave X team, a snowmobile parade, a bonfire, music, food trucks, beer garden, vendors, bounce houses and fireworks.
SnowBowl Snowmobile Clubs Poker Run, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Purchase game cards at Spud Speedway from the Caribou Snowmobile Club and visit — via automobile or snowmobile — the Limestone, Fort Fairfield, Presque Isle and Washburn Clubhouses for cards, coffee and a bite to eat. Winner of the $2,500 grand prize will be announced at Spud Speedway at 3 p.m. Second-place prize is $1,000, third is $500.
March 4 & 5
Two days of SnowBowl Northeast SnoCross Racing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Northeast SnoCross tour will make its first-ever trip to Aroostook County. Racers from all over New England and beyond will compete for series championship points. Several classes of racing are scheduled during this two-day event held at Spud Speedway. Vendors will have food, merchandise displays and other goods.