- Associated Press - Monday, January 20, 2014

LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) - The town of Lancaster, N.H., is starting a yearlong celebration of its 250th anniversary with a snowmobile race.

Events celebrating the Lancaster Grand Prix are being held Friday, Jan. 31, through Sunday, Feb. 2. The race features the Kilkenny Cup, named after the rugged mountain range on the border of Lancaster.

The Kilkenny Cup, which includes the names of the “Snowmobile Hall of Fame” members who began their victorious reign at the first Lancaster Grand Prix in 1964, resides with the Lancaster Snow-Drifters, the oldest snowmobile club in the nation. Participants were awarded the Kilkenny Cup if they received top points for three consecutive years. Timberland Machines donated the huge, silver cup to the Snow-Drifters in 1966.

Race winners of the grand prix will have their names inscribed on the cup.

“For 13 years, the Lancaster Grand Prix was the superior snowmobiling race in the country, attracting nearly 20,000 spectators, making it then the largest outdoor sporting event in the state, and possibly New England,” said Ken Bolland, president of the Lancaster Snow-Drifters. “We decided to restore the Grand Prix in hopes this special, one-time event will bring out past competitors, along with the newest generation of snowmobilers.”

Events will kick off with the Vintage Snow Sled Show at Crane’s Snowmobile Museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 31. The Kilkenny Cup Ball is scheduled for Jan. 31 at the Mountain View Grand Resort from 5:30 to 11 p.m.

A snowmobile parade and bonfire are scheduled for Feb. 1. The marquee event, the Lancaster Grand Prix, will take place at 9 a.m. on Feb. 2, at the Lancaster Fairgrounds.

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