Crossroads Snowmobile SnowFest launched under ideal conditionsREED CITY – At speeds as fast as 100 mph, 250 heats of snowmobilers raced down Nartron Field Airport in Reed City at the inaugural Crossroads Snowmobile SnowFest on Saturday. The festival started off with grudge matches, where racers could choose any opponent and race down the 660-foot-long track as many times as they liked. Thirty-eight sleds went on to register for radar runs, which were officially timed with each winner receiving a trophy. Radar runs were divided by class, depending on the size of the engine, and the following people took first place: ● 500 class – Shawn Burbank, of Baldwin, 73.6 mph; ● 600 class – Rob Shelest, of Big Rapids, 83.4 mph; ● 700 class – Ray Grein, of Reed City, 84.3 mph; ● 800 class – Caller Mills, of Sears, 85.4 mph; ● 900 class – Matthew Spedowski, of Reed City, 86.6 mph; ● 1,100 class – Kurt Hammer, of Reed City, 91.2 mph; and ● Unlimited – Daniel Feneis, of Sears, 104.4 mph. In addition to the first-place winners receiving trophies, co-organizer Chuch Davis said he couldn’t resist giving one to a 4-year-old racer as well. “The people who were racing absolutely loved (SnowFest),” Davis said. “The timing system was professional. There were no accidents or injuries.” Saturday’s festival drew hundreds of participants and spectators throughout the day, in addition to snowmobilers who simply stopped along a trail to watch the races for awhile. After three previous attempts to launch the festival in the past year were thwarted by a lack of snow, Davis and Mike Saez, the other organizer, were happy to see it finally come together. “I was extremely happy with the turnout,” Davis said. “I’d like to thank the participants and Nartron Corporation for allowing us to use the property.” Holding the festival in Reed City drew snowmobilers from across the state and beyond, Saez said. He and Davis hope to see an even bigger turnout next year. “We’ve got the perfect location – it’s the crossroads of Michigan,” Saez said. “The trails run east and west from here and they go north and south from here. It’s a good area.” Parker Benedict, 10, of the LeRoy area, raced for the first time on Saturday. He faced off against his 19-year-old brother in a grudge match and admitted to being slightly nervous before the race. “It was really fun,” he said. “It’s a great experience for kids my age. It’s about trying to do your best.” Visit www.theheraldreview.com for a video from SnowFest.