The Allegany County Commissioners last night waved the green flag to help ensure that the Polish Mountain Hill Climb will be held in August on Gilpin Road near Flintstone.

County government has been supportive of the event since its inception in 2007 by initiating the legislatively approved permit process needed to close Gilpin Road for the two-day competition. County tourism has also participated over the years as a promotional partner for the weekend’s activities.

Commissioners Creade Brodie, Jake Shade and Dave Caporale took their support up a notch yesterday in response to a letter of request from WDCR SCAA Western Maryland Chapter President John Felten to provide financial support that will allow the event to proceed in the face of inflation challenges that might impact racer participation. 100% of event proceeds support the Flintstone VFD and represent the largest single fund raising weekend of the year for that organization.

Although 35 teams have entered from 11 states so far, organizers were concerned that the event might have to be cancelled if fixed costs for the various safety requirements could not be met. The commissioners approved a one-time $3,500 grant from the county’s promotional fund to ensure that Polish Mountain is a go regardless of competitor count.

To commemorate the commitment, club president Felten and the commissioners gathered around the only remaining checkered flag from the inaugural hill climb in 2007 that is not in private hands.


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