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Youth safety course offered at snowmobile expo

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on Oct. 9, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
October 9, 2012 3:16 pm

A youth snowmobile safety class is being offered during the 21st annual WSSA Snowmobile Expo and Swap Meet Oct. 20 in Puyallup.

The class is sponsored by the Chelan County Sheriff’s Department along with the State Parks Winter Recreation Program and the Washington State Snowmobile Association.

The key to safe snowmobiling is the operator’s knowledge of the vehicle and awareness of its capabilities and limitations. It also requires that snowmobilers have knowledge of the weather and trail conditions, concern for the safety of other winter sports enthusiasts and respect for wildlife and the environment.

The free safety class will be from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Puyallup Fair and Events Center. The class is open to children ages 12-16. Parents must sign a consent form for each child registered. Entrance is through the Blue Gate at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. Lunch is not provided, so children should bring a drink and a sack lunch. A parent or guardian must sign the child out at the conclusion of the class.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is responsible for Washington’s snowmobile safety and education programs, which are funded by snowmobile registration fees. State Parks and the WSSA place special emphasis on providing snowmobile safety courses for young people and adults.

For registration or other information on snowmobiling, click here or write to the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Winter Recreation Program, P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650. Information also is available by sending a email to winter@parks.wa.gov or by calling 360-980-8664.

For more information on the expo, to be held Oct. 20-21, click here.

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