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September 23, 2018

Great Eastern Whiteout Races Stalled By Substandard Snow


By Jocelyn Rhodes Cook, Contributing Writer
FULTON, NY – At the annual Great Eastern Whiteout this past weekend, there was a bit of “white” out on the ground. However, it was nowhere near the usual layers of crisp white snow usually present in Fulton in February.

With little else to do, snowmobile enthusiasts showed off their

With little else to do, snowmobile enthusiasts showed off their

The War Memorial was full of snow sport enthusiasts, vendors, and plenty of parts for sale for those in attendance. But, their hopes for the main event of the day, the snowmobile races, were dashed by the inadequate weather.

“No races this year,” sighed Patty Boice, one of a small number of women in attendance. “The weather has not been cooperating.”

Patty and Tim Boice were in attendance, bringing with them some of the members of Boy Scouts of America Troop #715 of Fulton.

Two nations were represented at this particular spot at the event.

Two nations were represented at this particular spot at the event.

The scouts, they said, have been coming every year for three years to help with cleanup at the event.

It’s a chance for the boys to have fun and help out at the same time, they agreed.

A small group of the boys, Anthony, Toby, Troy, Timmy, Trevor and Grant, and another little helper, Gabriel, fidgeted on a bench while awaiting their time to help out, as the Boices explained that this year, most people seemed to be coming to the event to look at parts and admire the snowmobiles on display.

“The ice isn’t thick enough for the races,” Tim Boice explained with disappointment.

Snowmobiles large and small were shown off at the War Memorial.

Snowmobiles large and small were shown off at the War Memorial.

Despite the cancellation of that part of the event, there were still plenty of vendors on hand.

From parts to snow gear (both practical and craftier items), vendors inside and outside the building were set up waiting for spectators to pick between their wares.

Upon exiting the building, a trailer near the path out to the idle snowmobiles being shown outside blasted Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana,” along with several other tunes, and snowmobile fans young and old (and even one of the canine variety!) were scattered about.

A small but loyal showing at the event on Saturday.

A small but loyal showing at the event on Saturday.

From Arctic Cat to Ski-Doo, Yamaha to Polaris, it seemed like every make and model was on display.

But all the vehicles were still as the devotees paraded about the grounds, chatting about their experiences with the machines with little else to do without the races to look forward to.

The event is sure to return next year; how much snow there will be is anyone’s guess.

Snowmobiles on display at the Great Eastern Whiteout.

Snowmobiles on display at the Great Eastern Whiteout.

One Response “Great Eastern Whiteout Races Stalled By Substandard Snow”

  1. Jim Latino
    February 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    The drag races were cancelled on saturday.
    The Bun-Bun 100 race and vintage trail-ride were cancelled on sunday.The vintage show and swapmeet on saturday was a huge success with 250 registered show sleds and many vendors with parts and sleds for sale.The knee high basketball snack bar did real well along with the Ice hockey kitchen inside the ice rink.
    Local businesses get business out of the show being held in Fulton.Trophies,shirts,dash plaques,etc are all from local businesses.Area restaurants,hotels,stores and gas stations all benefit from the thousands who come from all over the US and canada for the Great Eastern Whiteout vintage snowmobile event.The fulton area snow travelers host the event and support local charities from a portion of the proceeds.

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