ROME, N.Y. -- A solemn prayer was given on Sunday to a crowd in helmets and snow pants. It's the blessing of sleds, a prayer given to snowmobile riders in hopes of a safe riding season.
"We're told in the bible that we entertain angels all the time without knowing it, and that God watches over us. So that's our prayer that they will be watched over while they ride,” said Pastor Dan Goewey of Grace Baptist Church.
Sunday marked the first time the Grace Baptist Church held an event like this, in fact, it could be the first of its kind in the area.
"I am not aware of anywhere else that does this. As far as I know this is new, this is uncharted territory,” said Goewey.
It's also a good reminder for riders to make sure they stay safe on the trails this winter. With plenty of snowfall this winter and surely more to come, it's very important to make sure those snowmobile trails are in tip-top shape, and that is where the groomers come in.
"Groomers go out almost every day. We have two groomers, one goes north and one goes south. We usually cover about 41 miles between the two groomers each day,” said Mark Destito with the Trailbusters Snowmobile Club.
Volunteers from the Trailbusters spend countless hours every day making sure that riders have a smooth trail every time they ride.
"It's enjoyable. I spend more time grooming than I do riding my own sled, but it's enjoyable. It's a headache at times, like anything else, but it's worth it in the long run," said Destito.
With a clear path, and a prayer over head, it will hopefully be a safe riding season this winter.
The Grace Baptist Church hopes to make the blessing of the sleds an annual event, and is already looking forward to planning for next year.