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Snowmobile parade falls short of world record

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With heavy annual snow falls, the Tug Hill Plateau has always been known as a hot spot for snowmobiling. It's a title the region hoped to make official Saturday as enthusiasts attempted to break a snowmobiling world record. Our Elizabeth Jeneault was at the event and has more on the day's massive snowmobile parade.

LEWIS COUNTY, N.Y. -- Operating a snowmobile club is not cheap.

"Our diesel fuel alone is $10,000 a year," explained Osceola Snowmobile Association Member Douglas Nichols.

The Osceola Snowmobile Association does receive some annual state funding, but not enough. That's why they're always trying to come up with new ways to raise funds.

And this year, they turned to the Guinness Book of World Records' snowmobiling list to do just that.

"There's not many [records] out there, there's only like four and I looked up the one for largest snowmobile parade and it was only 820," said Nichols.

A number the club hoped to beat on Saturday. But despite the big turnout, they ended up short.

"I thought we would break it. I mean, the chatter has been unbelievable when a small town of Osceola hit the Wall Street Journal, USA paper, Washington Post. I even heard this morning it made news in Florida! Yes, I thought we would break it but we came so close," said Nichols.

Over 500 people showed up for the event. And because each one paid $10 for registration, the club ended up raising several thousand dollars. A great way to try and help keep the trails safe, but to also have some fun.

And the day's warmer temperatures also helped make the ride more enjoyable.

"I don’t like riding when it's below zero. I like it when it's like this. It's nice riding, you can enjoy it," said Larry Hoffert, a Lewis County resident.

A pleasant ride that helped raise funds for even better rides in the future.

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