ADAMS — While the snow-starved winter has forced the cancellation of the 2016 Thunderbolt Ski Race, the annual ThunderFest celebration in downtown Adams will go on as planned, according to ProAdams, the volunteer event-organizing group that runs the festival.
"The TSR Race Committee voted to cancel the race based upon [Department of Conservation] Ranger reports of no [snow] base at any elevation on Mount Greylock as of today," the committee states in a post on its Facebook page.
Organizers had planned to expand this year's race day to include new events like cross-country skiing and snowshoe races at Greylock Glen. Those events also are canceled.
"I think it still do well," said Erin Mucci of ProAdams. "We worry more about the weather, and whether it will be a nice day to attend an outdoor festival." The latest National Weather Service forecast for Saturday calls for mostly sunny skies in Adams with a high near 34 degrees.
The Thunderbolt Ski Race features a traditional 6.3-mile journey up to the Mount Greylock summit and a downhill ski race on the Thunderbolt trail, a 2,000-foot descent. About 100 racers typically participate.
The race, which was first held in 1935, occasionally has been hampered by unseasonable weather over the years. Most recently, it suffered back-to-back cancellations in 2012, when the first ThunderFest was held, and 2013.
ThunderFest will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Adams Visitors Center and will include the beloved Chowder Festival and a sampling of other food and beer vendors. A campfire will be lit and music will be provided by local bands Rev Tor Band and Misty Blues.
Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376