RANGELEY – Riders didn’t let the massive snowstorm stop a snowmobile parade Saturday, but the bad weather meant the effort fell far short of breaking the record.
All told, there were 157 snowmobiles for the event, which raised close to $7,000 for cystic fibrosis research, said Judy Morton of the Rangeley Chamber of Commerce. But many riders were unable to make it to the Rangeley region.
The existing record of 820 snow sleds in a parade was set in 2004 along a 29-mile course in Roseau, Minn., according to Guinness World Records.
For Saturday’s event, riders gathered in Oquossoc village and rode a 30-mile route that took them to Rangeley village and back to Oquossoc.
A 5-year-old girl from Lewiston who has cystic fibrosis led the parade.
All proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Northern New England.
Another record attempt is being planned for Feb. 8, 2014.