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US National Toboggan Championships 2011 Vendor Area
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The vendor area at the 2011 US National Toboggan Championships is located to the north of the toboggan chute. On the west side teams are allowed to park and set up a base camp in what is called "paradise parking" -for a premium price. This is the area that the very serious teams like the "Throbin' Boggins" and the "Big Kahoonas" reserve well in advance for themselves.

Food vendors set up on the east side to feed the crowds for the weekend event.

Beyond the food vendors is Hosmer Pond where the run-out for the toboggan chute is located. On the ice can be seen the "Tobogganville Ghetto" where teams set up any kind of shelter they can bring or construct to act as their base camp for the race. Parking on the pond ice is free, but it is strictly at your own risk.

See other nearby panoramas for other views. Below is a description from the panorama on the south side of the chute. It explains the race in more detail.

The U.S. National Toboggan Championships are held at the Camden Snow Bowl the second weekend of each February. 2011 was the 21st year running this race. About 400 teams compete for fastest time in 2-Person, 3-Person and 4-Person divisions. The Jack Williams Toboggan Chute is over 400 feet (125 Meters) long and the typical time to race down the chute is usually under 9 seconds. At the bottom, toboggans shoot out onto Hosmer Pond and can travel nearly a quarter mile (or about 375 meters) when ice conditions are favorable.

The weekend of racing includes a pancake breakfast, a chili and chowder tasting, a spaghetti supper, fireworks and many other activities in the local area. Teams also win awards for the fastest female team, the oldest team and best costumed. Anyone can race if they sign up a team far enough in advance, pay their entry fees and are able to carry their toboggans up the hill to the top of the chute. The event benefits the Camden Snow Bowl, which is the local ski area.

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Uploaded: 15/02/2011
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