Registration is on-going for the 22nd annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships. Held at the Camden Snow Bowl, the event is set to begin Friday, Feb. 10.

The toboggan championships take place over three days with the competition starting on Saturday, Feb. 11. Registration began Oct. 14.

Friday, Feb. 10 is for team registration and toboggan inspection in Tobogganville. There will be a bonfire and music scheduled for the day and the usual food vendors and souvenir sales will be part of the event. The Snow Bowl also will be open for skiing and snowboarding. There also will be mechanical bull rides noon to 4 p.m.

A pancake breakfast will be held Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7 a.m. at the Camden Teen Center. Toboggan racing gets under way at 8 a.m after team registration and toboggan inspection. The Chili Challenge will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the West Bay Rotary tent.

Saturday night, fireworks are set to go off at 5:30 p.m. over Camden Harbor. Live music from the band Creatures of Habit will be featured at 7 p.m. at Knox Mill.

The final day of the event starts with a pancake breakfast at the Snow Bowl’s lodge. The Chowder Challenge will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the West Bay Rotary tent. Final toboggan runs are set to start at noon with an awards ceremony to follow.

As was the case in the past, on Saturday and Sunday a bus shuttle from downtown Camden to the Snow Bowl will be offered.

Awards will be given to those who finish in first through third in each division. Special awards will be given for best costume, oldest team, fastest team, fastest women’s team, fastest children’s team, fastest high school team, fastest college team and best crafted toboggan.

New this year to the racing categories is the experimental division. The same rules apply to the experimental division participants, with the following exceptions: Plywood bottoms will be permitted. All synthetic materials will be allowed. No metal permitted on the bottom, sides or any other place that may come in contact with the ice or chute. The sled shall be at least 17 inches wide and no larger than 20 inches wide. The sled, including pad cannot weigh more than 75 pounds. Nothing can extend more than 18 inches above the bottom of the toboggan. The front of the toboggan is to have a bevel or curl that will not damage the chute or ice. The forward most part of the toboggan must be at least three inches above the bottom of the toboggan.

The Experimental Division is open to two-, three- and four-person divisions. Only one award will be given to the fastest combined time of two runs. One team per sled is  allowed in this class.

For more information about the U.S. National Toboggan Championships, or to register, go online at camdensnowbowl.com or call 236-3438.

Poster design contest

Attention artists of all ages — sharpen your pencil and charge up your mouse. You are invited to enter a contest for a chance to design the winning U.S. National Toboggan Championships poster for 2012 and receive a $100 Camden Snow Bowl gift card.

The event organizers invite community members to participate in a contest to design this year’s souvenir poster. The image also will be printed on the annual t-shirts to be sold in the Souvenir Shop.

To be considered a finalist, the poster design must incorporate a traditional toboggan in the design. Artwork must be original and can be submitted in any two-dimensional media or in digital format with a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch.

Posters will be judged on originality, clarity of message and quality of artwork by the event committee.

The deadline for submission to the Camden Snow Bowl office, located at 20 Barnestown Road in Camden is Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011.

VillageSoup Sports Assistant Holly Vanorse can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at hvanorse@villagesoup.com.