FULTON – The year was 2001 when two vintage snowmobile buddies Bill Monette and Joe Racheal decided to put on a vintage snowmobile show and race at the Oswego County Fairgrounds in Sandy Creek.
The idea came about as a result of a long-time show called The Eastern Ride-in held at Borio’s restaurant on Onieda Lake a regional event organized by the Vintage Snowmobile Club of America.
It was moved to the Albany area and then further in Massachusetts.
The show and races went on at Sandy Creek until 2006 when it moved to Elbridge at Rolling Wheels Raceway under the Weedsport Wanderers snowmobile club with Joe Racheal and Eric Melfi organizing the show with Dan Smith and Dan Kerr taking charge of the oval racing.
In 2010, the Whiteout was moved to Fulton at the War Memorial and the frozen surface of Lake Neatahwanta under the Fulton Area Snow Travelers snowmobile club with Joe Rachael and Eric Melfi organizing the event with Dan Smith and Dan Kerr doing the race.
The last three years, the show has been run by Jim Latino, Ken Wheelock and Tracy Doyle with the help of members of the Fulton Area Snow Travelers and friends and family members.
This winter event has become a staple in the northeast as the biggest show of its kind for vintage and antique snowmobilers in the east.
3000 participants, spectators and guest from all over the northeast and Canada are expected again this year; 2018 will be the eighth year the Whiteout has been held at the Fulton War Memorial, Recreation Park and Lake Neatahwanta.
February 10 will be the show and swap meet.
Gates will open at 8 a.m. for registration for show sleds with trophy presentation at 3 p.m. Feb. 11 the Great Eastern Whiteout Vintage Sled parade from the War Memorial to the Lysander Fire Department house #1 for breakfast.
The parade will be approximately 24 miles, leaving the War Memorial at 8 a.m. with a hot dog cookout and riding at Recreation Park after the parade.
This is a non-profit event with proceeds (net of expenses) going to a variety of local and regional recipients.
2017 recipients were the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Friends of Fulton Parks, Fulton Lake Neatawanta Clean-up Committee, CYO Youth Organization, Catholic Charities Food Pantry, Salvation Army Food Pantry, Fulton Athletic Booster Club, Fulton Kiwanis Club, SPCA, Fulton Area Snow Travelers, Pulaski Community Cupboard Food Pantry, Erin’s Angels, Lysander Fire Department, Everett Regal Memorial Scholarship, Spike Nolan Memorial Scholarship, Snowmobile Hall of Fame, and the Altzheimers Association.
This is made possible by all our sponsors participating in supporting local, recipients, scholarships and charitable contributions.