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February 7, 2011

Local Snowmobile Trails will be Featured on Local & National Television

WPBS-DT, the Public Broadcasting station in Watertown, announces their latest endeavor in conjunction with Oswego, Lewis, and Oneida Counties and Old Forge, NY to produce a four-part local snowmobiling television series, Snow Country (w.t.), and a partnership to be included in two episodes of the national series Snow Trails TV, a snowmobile reality television and web series airing on 30 PBS stations across the United States and into Canada.

The television programs are being produced this winter for broadcast next year and will feature snowmobiling on trail systems in Oswego, Lewis, Oneida and Herkimer Counties. Producers and Snow Trails TV host 'Video Mike Grant' of Grand Rapids, Michigan will begin the tour, trail conditions permitting, on Tuesday, Feb. 15 in Oswego County and then travel on to Oneida and Lewis Counties, ending on Feb. 18 in Old Forge. Several local Trail Coordinators and Snowmobile Clubs will guide the production crew to specific areas and trails, and several local businesses will be providing accommodations and meals to the crew during their week stay.

"We recognize the important role that snowmobiling plays in our mix of tourism amenities and want to do more to promote our fantastic trail system," said Dave Turner, Director of the Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning. "Getting people on our trails eventually gets those same people into our businesses. The Oswego County Association of Snowmobile Clubs is lending its expertise and working with us on logistics and filming locations in Oswego County. Bob and Carolyn Prockup, members of the Kasoag Lake Trailblazers Club, are working with club representatives around the county to put together a great itinerary."

Turner said several local businesses have offered to provide meals and accommodations for the film crew while they're in Oswego County. They include Cold Spring Manor Bed and Breakfast in Pulaski and the Grist Mill Restaurant in Parish. The itinerary will include highlights of Oswego County's 360-mile snowmobile trail system; the film crew will ride 100 to 150 miles in each county.

The two half-hour national episodes of Snow Trails TV will focus on the unique trail systems offered in each county while the four half-hour episodes of Snow Country (w.t.), to be aired on PBS stations across New York State, will lend itself to additional topics such as where and when to ride, the sport as a family activity, sights to see, things to do, the economic impact of the sport and snowmobiler safety. Beyond the broadcast, a trail map, complimentary to the television program, will be made available for retail.

"This is an exciting opportunity to showcase the importance of snowmobiling in this area and attract new snowmobilers to come to and visit," said Leslie O'Hara, Director of Corporate Support at WPBS-DT. "WPBS-DT is excited to work with many new partners on this venture and developing a project that can be updated and added to over the coming years, plus it will be our first series produced all in high definition."

For more information about Snow Trails TV, visit www.snowtrailstv.com. Season 8 is airing on WPBS-DT Saturday mornings at 8:30am and Thursday evenings at 7:30pm.

For current trail conditions, fishing conditions and visitor information in Oswego County, go to visitoswegocounty.com

WPBS-DT is a not-for-profit public television station serving approximately 650,000 households throughout Northern New York and Eastern Ontario. WPBS-DT's mission is to educate, entertain and inform in order to enhance the lives of those it serves.

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