Snowmobilers take part in annual ride to benefit Pine Tree Camp
It was a messy Saturday morning for a group of snowmobilers in Levant. Every year, a group gets together for an annual egg ride-in to benefit Pine Tree Camp in Rome.
We were there at Hungry Hollow 76er's Clubhouse as riders packed their suits.
"We actually put a snowmobile suit on and then we put a T-shirt over it and we duct tape our waist and our arms, and then we sit on the machine and someone loads eggs.," said Pine Tree Camp Director, Dawn Willard-Robinson.
This isn't your typical snowmobile ride.
On Saturday, this group suited up for the 46th annual Dystart's Snowmobile Ride-in to benefit Pine Tree Camp.
"It originated when snowmobile clubs from all over Maine for the weekend and have a big event, and it's changed over the years to really become a community based event," explained Tyler Cary of Pine Tree Society.
Per tradition, riders added raw eggs to their snowmobile suits before the ride.
"Every egg represents $50 that was raised," said Willard Robinson.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the ride-in support Pine Tree Camp's Campership Fund. Since it's start in 1945, Pine Tree Camp has never turned away a camper who couldn't afford to pay.
"Every year Pine Tree Society must raise around $1,000,000 to keep Pine Tree Camp operating and to keep that promise," said Cary.
That's why the funds raised at this event are so crucial in sending children and adults with special needs to camp if they wish.
And riders say it wouldn't be made possible without those who donate or volunteer.
"They come out and donate their time and donate snowmobiles and companies sponsor, so it's a great community event and it brings a lot of different groups together," said Willard-Robinson.
To learn more about Pine Tree Camp visit: https://www.pinetreesociety.org/.