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Maine Snowmobile Festival to Go on Despite Tragedy
01/11/2013 10:30 AM ET  

A nearly quarter-century old snowmobile festival will go on as planned in Rangeley despite the presumed deaths of three sledders who apparently rode into open water on Rangeley Lake last month.

RANGELEY, Maine (AP) _ The Rangeley Lakes Snowmobile Club, organizer of the annual Snodeo, decided to carry on with the festival scheduled for Jan. 24 through 26 after meeting with the Maine Warden Service and town officials.

The Warden Service has been leading recovery efforts. A woman riding separately died when her snowmobile fell into the lake at about the time the men went missing.

Snodeo Chairwoman Sandi Dumont told the Sun Journal the loss of the men is "unfortunate," but many people plan vacations around the event, which provides an economic boost to town.

From 3,000 to 6,000 people are expected to attend.

 

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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