Days until toy run
We would like to say thank you to everyone who helped make our toy run a success in 2013. Many families are
appreciating gifts under the tree thanks to the generosity of many volunteers, business donations and atv riders. A
total of 220 atv's attended with 350 riders. We raised $5,962.50 in toys, and$ 631.00 in cash, for a total of $6,593.50
In 17 years we have raised a grand total of $63,619.17.
Please save the date of September 27, 2014. Hope to see you there!
WEST FARMINGTON - Whistle Stop Trail 17th Annual ATV Run will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, Sept. 28. Participants either bring a new toy (protected for dust) or cash donation. All toys donated will be distributed locally by Western Maine Community Action.
Over the years, the toy run has raised more than $50,000 in toys and cash donations for families in need during the holidays.
The ride begins on the Whistle Stop Trail in West Farmington at 10 a.m.and ends in jay with a barbecue.
The annual event is sponsored by the Western Maine ATV Club, Canton Trail Riders, Mountain View ATV Club, and Brettuns Wheelers ATV Club
Activities include Raffles and 50/50, Santa’s fun tickets $5 each, free BBQ, Business Displays and Hot coffee and donuts for sale
Participants meet at McDonald’s Parking lot in Jay at 7:30 a.m. or at the end of the Whistle Stop Trail on the Town Farm Road in Farmington at 9 a.m. Everyone must register between 8-9:45 a.m., meal tickets will be handed out, and we will sell raffles at this time.
Then leave Farmington at 10 a.m. to ride to Canton and leave the toys, then onto Jay to have a barbecue. Winners of the all raffles will be announced in Jay. For everyone’s safety please stay together as a group and no horseplay! By law, anyone under 18 must wear helmets.
Please help make this year a success. Any questions call: Bob Dalot 897-2926, Chris Currier 441-5090, Stuart Allen 779-4961, Brian Jordan 357-4460, Rene Grondin 897-5501, George Guptill 645-3552.
In 2012 we raised $5.131.00 on our annual ATV Toy Run on the Whistle Stop Trail. There were 3 bicycles, many games, arts and crafts supplies, lots of dolls and trucks, matchbox cars, lots of stuffed animals, legos, a scooter and even a telescope with a tripod. There were many other gifts and cash donations also. We had 197 riders from 20 different clubs and 57 towns Including ME, MA and CT! Thanks to all who attended. All donations stay local and are distributed by the CAP agency in Wilton, Maine. Please join us to make this year even better.
September 28, 2013 rain or shine.
Special thanks to:
These are some of the toys our club collected, we also donated 2- 20 inch bicycles, $150.00 in cash, and all our members had toys strapped to their wheeler, we had to bring these toys up by car; bagged up the toys, time to load them up!
ATV Toy Run from Farmington to Canton and Jay gives Operation Santa Claus 'big start' by Terry Karkos/Sun Journal
WILTON — Saturday's rain was great for ducks and geese lined with down feathers, but not so much for 250 jacketed participants in the 16th annual Whistle Stop Trail ATV Toy Run.
Driver Jeff Dolloff of Peru and Bonnie Rousseau of Auburn arrive off the trail from Jay at a field beside Route 140 in Canton on Saturday morning to drop off toy donations while participating in the nearly 60-mile, 16th annual Whistle Stop Trail ATV Toy Run.
While standing among two pickup-truck loads of donated toys during the 16th annual Whistle Stop Trail ATV Toy Run on Saturday morning in Canton, Scott White, left, of Jay donates money into Western Maine Community Action's Operation Santa Claus jar held by Judy Frost of the social services organization that will distribute the toys to children at Christmas in Franklin County and Livermore Falls and Livermore, Frost said.
Santa Claus leads 250 riders on 140 all-terrain vehicles across U.S. Routes 2 and 4 in Wilton on Saturday while Wilton police and firefighters stop traffic for the procession participating in the 16th annual Whistle Stop Trail ATV Toy Run from Farmington to Canton and back to Jay.
Although participation was down about 400 people from past rides due to the weather, the enthusiasm and donations from those who participated was awe inspiring, organizers said.
"If it wasn't raining, we'd have a lot more than this, but, you know, we're helping out," Bob Dalot, president of the Western Maine ATV Club, said in Jay.
"That was our goal when we started this to help out the surrounding communities and as you can see, there's people from all over Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts here."
He said people learn about the ride on the Internet and show up to participate.
"There's nothing that makes me any happier to be able to do this," Dalot said. "We try to help out as many people as we can."
The ride started at 10 a.m. in Farmington on the Whistle Stop Trail system.
At about 10:30 a.m., the 250 riders on 140 ATVs led by Santa Claus, rode out of the foggy woods and across Route 156 opposite Rick's Market. They were met by two Wilton firefighters who halted traffic.
Then the riders continued across U.S. Routes 2 and 4 and back onto the trail as Wilton police Chief Heidi Knox and officer Courtney Krause stopped traffic. Many riders thanked them and the firefighters for allowing safe passage.
Jay police Detective Richard Caton rode with the group the whole way, while Jay police helped the riders with traffic on Routes 4 and 17 in Jay.
The procession crossed the Androscoggin River on the POW-MIA Remembrance Bridge in Jay and drove down to the Verso paper mill before taking a trail to Canton.
Chris Currier, president of the Mountain View ATV Club of Mount Vernon, said rain helped keep the dust down.
"So everybody's here just having a great time and we're doing it for the kids," Currier said.
"That's why we're all here, for the kids. There's a lot of kids that wouldn't have a good Christmas if we didn't do this. It's our way of giving back to the community."
Judy Frost of Western Maine Community Action, a social services organization that serves Franklin County and the Livermore-Livermore Falls area, thanked riders donating toys and cash for its Operation Santa Claus program.
"We serve upwards of 1,500 people, so this will be a big start for us," Frost said in Canton.
Four all-terrain vehicle clubs hold the event on the last Saturday in September. They are Western Maine ATV, Mountain View ATV, Brettun's Wheelers ATV, and Canton Trail Riders. Boy Scouts Troop 518 of Wilton also assisted.
Courier said Roxbury ATV Riders Club donated use of the tents under which people signed up for the nearly 60-mile round trip and ate meals during the free barbecue in Jay.
Dennis Moody of Sidney and the Messalonskee Trail Riders ATV Club of Oakland, said their club brought 10 people, who donated Lego blocks, Lincoln Logs cabin building kits and stuffed animals. They participate every year.
"It was a good ride, a little bit muddy, but outside of that, not bad at all," Moody said of the nearly 60-mile ride.
"It's a lot of fun. You get to meet different types of people and see different machines."
Dalot said the Western Maine ATV Club started the toy run 16 years ago to give back to the community "for letting us use their property."
His wife, Karen Dalot, the club's secretary, said a lot of local businesses donate things for the raffle auctions like overnight stays, helmets, food, gifts, clothing and more.
"We're helping people who just don't have enough for Christmas," Bob Dalot said. "So, if we can do this and have the community come out, we're happy."
Posted by Zach Fowler • October 1, 2012 •
ATV volunteers receive a preparatory talk before the annual toy run begins on Saturday. (Zach Fowler photo)
FARMINGTON – In 40-degree weather with overcast skies and constant rain, a congregation of over 200 men, women and children gathered for a yearly ritual unique to ATV owners in the state of Maine.
On Saturday, volunteers with the Western Maine ATV Club, Canton Trail Riders, Mountain View ATV Club and the Brettun’s Wheelers ATV Club sponsored the 16th annual Toy Run, a charity drive that aims to help Maine families in need through the holidays. The drive stretches from West Farmington all the way through Canton, a nearly 60-mile round trip.
Chris Currier, president of the Mt. View ATV Club, was one of the key organizers for the event. “I’m not here to make money,” he said. “This is about giving back to the community. These toys are going to kids who otherwise probably wouldn’t be getting anything for Christmas.”
In 2011, the Toy Run managed to raise $3,550 in toys and cash donations adding to their total of over $50,000 collected since its initial run 16 years ago. As a non-profit event, all support for the endeavor comes exclusively from local volunteer work and donations.
“It’s getting bigger every year,” Currier said. “Actually, one of the hardest things is getting TV coverage for it.”
Despite the gloomy weather, the riders who attended the ceremony showed nothing but enthusiasm for the event, assisting in clearing the trails, in addition to participating for the long drive.
Santa leads the Toy Run ride on Saturday. (Zach Fowler photo)
“This is my seventh year,” said Jaimie Murphy, a member of the Canton Trail Riders ATV Club “It’s a great way to get a community together and get to enjoy nature.”
Throughout the years, the total number of riders volunteering for the event has ranged from 528 to 35, depending largely on the weather and scheduling. “If it wasn’t raining, we’d likely have ATVs backed all the way down to the road,” Currier mentioned. “A lot depends on the weather.”
Bob Dalot, president of the Western Maine ATV Club, is unanimously credited as the man who organized the Toy Run in the first place.
“The Toy Run shows respect,” he said and added, “respect for each other coming out on a day like today and respect for the local landowners for letting us ride.”
Dalot was sure to thank the numerous organizations, vendors and businesses which contributed to the event, including the police and fire departments, the ATV clubs, the Western Maine Trail Alliance and the Boy Scouts Troop 518 who prepared the food for both the sign-in process and for a conclusive barbecue dinner at 2 p.m., also free of charge.
“We have four primary sponsors,” Dalot said, “but lately many other clubs have been assisting. Local businesses have helped immensely. Altogether, they give us everything we need to hold this event.”
Volunteers, from left to right: Dustyn Blodgett, Chris Currier, Jared LeBlond help make the ATV Toy Run ride a success. (Zach Fowler photo)
Together with his wife Karen Dalot, Bob Dalot said his plans to continue with the Toy Run for years to come. “So many people need help and if we can do our part, do something to help, it’s worth it.”
An ATV club volunteer took on the role of Santa Claus for the ride, taking pictures with kids and leading off the drive with Det. Richard Caton of the Jay Police Department and approximately 250 riders on 140 all-terrain vehicles in tow.
ATV riders begin the drive along the trail to Jay. (Zach Fowler photo)
Western Maine ATV Club, Canton Trail Riders, Mountain View ATV Club and the Brettuns Wheelers ATV Club
Meet at McDonald’s Parking lot in Jay at 7:30 am or at the end of the Whistle Stop Trail on the Town Farm Road in Farmington at 9:00. Everyone must register between 8-9:45, meal tickets will be handed out, and we will sell raffles at this time. We leave Farmington at 10:00 to ride to Canton and leave the toys, then on to Jay to have a barbeque. Winners of the all raffles will be announced in Jay. For everyone’s safety please stay together as a group and no horseplay! By law, anyone under 18 must wear helmets.
Please bring a new toy (protected for dust) or cash donation. Please help make this year a success. All toys will be distributed locally by Western ME Community Action.It takes several months of planning, business donations and several volunteers and organizations to make our toy run a success. If you would like to volunteer or make a contribution please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Any questions call:
Bob Dalot 897-2926 Chris Currier 441-5090
Brian Jordan 357-4460 Rene Grondin 897-5501
George Guptill 645-3552 Stuart Allen 779-4961