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Louie Vito Rail Jam set for this weekend; proceeds benefit local food pantry (Audio included)

Louie VitoAn upcoming event at Mad River Mountain will give snowboarders of all ages and skill levels a chance to ride with an Olympian.

Professional snowboarder Louie Vito, who is vying for a return trip to the Olympics this winter, is coming back to Mad River Mountain for his annual rail jam on Saturday. It's one of the largest events of its kind in the Midwest.

Listen to Louie Vito talk about the annual event

Registration is from noon to 2 p.m., and the Louie Vito Rail Jam, open only to snowboarders, starts at 3 p.m. Categories are ages 10-13, 14-17, and 18+. Overall champions are entered to win a summer trip to Windells Camp in Oregon.

Events will be made up of a 30-minute jam session and 20-minute jam finals for each age group. The awards ceremony will be held at 8:30 p.m. in the Loft Bar.

Vito will be available for autographs from 1-3 p.m. in the Loft Bar. Fireworks are planned at 9:45 p.m. Shucking Bubba Deluxe will be providing live entertainment, taking the stage at 10:15 p.m.

This is the tenth year for Vito and his family hosting the charitable rail jam at the popular ski resort. The entry fee is $10 or a nonperishable food item that is donated to the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Bellefontaine.

Louie grew up riding at Mad River Mountain with his dad, Lou.

Vito is currently competing in qualifying competitions in an attempt to secure a spot in the Sochi Winter Olympics.

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