Countdown to St. Labre 200

By Marianne Curtis

Organizers are gearing up for what promises to be an exciting race weekend when the fourth annual  St. Labre 200 takes place July 13 to 15.

The annual St. Labre 200 go-kart build off competition is a challenge where fourteen teams to build their own go-karts within 24 hours.  Each team is given basic materials along with their own basic framing materials. They are then challenged to build go-karts from scratch on the first day and race their new creations the next day in a fast paced nail biting 200 lap race on a quarter mile dirt track.  The winner earns the right to hoist the Best Sleep Centre Sparkplug Cup.

François Grenier one of the organizers of the yearly event is excitedly looking forward the weekend which draws mechanically inclined individuals to the community.

“We are looking forward to another fun weekend,” stated Grenier. “Teams are all registered and we are ready to go.”

In the past three years the St. Labre 200 has been able to give over $15,000 to different local organizations including: Out of the Blue, Seine River Services for Seniors, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Le Chalet expansion project and Ecole Saint Joachim.

Profits from the community supper, concessions, merchandise, community supper, team auction, on site donation jar and in the past a big raffle are what make it possible for to Give Back to the Community.  This year funds are earmarked to support the East Borderland Community Housing in Sprague and two daycares in the area including Treasure Keepers Children’s Centre and Les P’tits Brisous.

The St. Labre 200 takes place July 13to July 15 and is free to the public. The main race takes place Saturday evening and followed up with two amazing local bands:  Hoppin’ Hedges and Bottle Jaw.  The evening is topped off with the biggest firework show in the South East sponsored by Red Bomb.


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