Participants began arriving Friday at the Challenge 255 field in Baie-du-Febvre and will be more numerous than ever at the heavy truck, motorcycle and truck racing event that will take place until Sunday.
After two years of disrupted activities, the number of people who will be on the race track is a record.
“Normally, we have 72 heavy truck teams, now we have 82. We have almost the 36 teams of vans and 24 teams of motorcycles”, listed the coordinator of Challenge 255, Kevin Benoît, in an interview with TVA Nouvelles.
Thousands of visitors are expected in the small municipality of 1000 inhabitants of Centre-du-Quebec. Several security measures are taken, including the addition of fences around the track.
“When you deal with a lot of people, families, you have to protect all these people. [In] the ranks, there are traffic diversions, precisely so that there is less traffic around,” added Challenge 255 administrator Jean-Guy Houle.
For many, this weekend requires several months of work and thousands of dollars in investment.
Mainly from Ontario and Quebec, participants come from all over the country.
Receive so many people in a weekend makes it possible for local businesses to do good business. The local snack bar makes 20% of its annual turnover in three days.
“I watch my displays. I'm going there gradually. It's me who feeds the artists at the Challenge,” said the owner of Casse-Croûte l'Escale, Claire Savoie.
Although difficult to find, there are enough volunteers to support the festivities. . Security will be provided by several agents until Sunday.
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