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NYS Fairgrounds Cancels Snocross Event Again

The New York State Fairgrounds canceled its Snowcross event due to warm weather. (C) 2018 Rachael Hoffman

By Logan Grossman SYRACUSE N.Y. (NCC News) — For the second straight year, the New York State Fairgrounds canceled its Snocross event due to weather conditions. The unseasonably warm weather has led to snow melting and puddling, forcing Syracuse Snocross to cancel the event, which was scheduled for March 2 and 3.

This decision comes after organizers and workers attempted to push the remaining snow together to create a usable track for the snowmobile races. However, ultimately, the decision was made to cancel the event to protect the riders’ safety.

Snocross is a snowmobile race in which riders go around sharp turns, over piles of snow and around obstacles.

The organizing group, Syracuse Snocross, posted a statement on their website, apologizing to fans and riders and explaining the decision.

“Mother Nature strikes again,” the statement said. “We tried everything humanly possible to make the race happen, but with the impending warm, rainy forecast we’re forced to cancel. Because we wouldn’t be able to offer an enjoyable and safe racing experience for racers and spectators we decided to cancel, regroup, and start planning for next year!”

The Fairgrounds is now forced to turn its attention to its motocross event scheduled for March 22 and 23. Weather shouldn’t be a factor for Stadiumcross as it is traditionally held indoors.