Members of team called Shear Madness carry their toboggan after making their first run during the U.S. Toboggan Championships, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Camden, Maine. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP

The beloved U.S. Toboggan National Championships is returning this weekend for its 31st year.

Last year, for the first time, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancelation of the highly anticipated event. But this year is expected to bring a large crowd to the Camden Snow Bowl.

Take a trip down memory lane and get excited for the only organized wooden toboggan race in the country.

A team zips down the chute during the U.S. National Toboggan Championships at the Snow Bowl in Camden in February 2015. Credit: Ashley L. Conti / BDN
Members of the 4 person toboggan team named, Too Big to Fail, get wrapped around each other with a little help from staff members at the 22nd annual U.S. National Toboggan championships on Saturday, Feb 11, 2012, at the Camden Snow Bowl. Credit: Kevin Bennett / BDN

Clockwise from left: Shannon Bryan lets out a scream while making a run with teammate Josh Smigelski at the U.S. Toboggan Championships, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, in Camden, Maine; The championships chute in 2018; A four-man toboggan team called the Ray Bandits makes its first run. Credit: Robert F. Bukaty / AP and Lauren Abbate / BDN

Lieutenant Commander Robert L. Davis, skipper of the Coast Guard buoy tender “Laurel” turned over the title of a new toboggan run to Leonard Maliska, Camden Outing Club president, at the Snow Bowl in 1960. Credit: Kenneth Strickland / BDN
Tobogganers slide down the chute at Camden Snow Bowl along with hundreds of spectators and toboggan racers during the 24th Annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships in Camden, Maine. Credit: Brian Feulner / BDN

Clockwise from left: A team competes during the U.S. National Toboggan Championships at the Snow Bowl in Camden in February 2015; A costumed team makes their way to the start; A team zips down the chute. Credit: Ashley L. Conti / BDN

Toboggan-3-JB.jpg Christine Sadorski of the ‘Civil Liberties’ two person team came from Northern Virginia to the US National Toboggan Championships in Camden only to crash into an ice fishing shack (being removed in back) on Hosmer Pond. Credit: Joshua Bright / BDN
Derek Runnells, Aislinn Sarnacki, Alex Cole and Sam Schipani pose for a photo at the top of the toboggan chute at the 2020 U.S. National Toboggan Championships on Feb. 8, in Camden. Credit: Courtesy of Alex Cole
Team Shear Madness races down the chute at Camden Snow Bowl along with hundreds of spectators and toboggan racers during the 24th annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships in Camden, Maine. Credit: Brian Feulner / BDN

Clockwise from left: BDN reporter Aislinn Sarnacki sits in a toboggan in January 2016 at the top of the Jack Williams Toboggan Chute at the Camden Snow Bowl; tewart Young (left), chute master of the U.S. National Toboggan Championships for the past 16 years in Camden, stands at the top of the toboggan chute with Landon Fake (center), general manager of the Camden Snow Bowl; A group of racers relax by the fire at their encampment in “Tobogganville” on Hosmer Pond at the 25th annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships in February 2015; A toboggan starts its trip down the chute at the 25th event; The toboggan chute sign can be seen in Camden. Credit: Aislinn Sarnacki / BDN

From left, “Elvis” Wayne Talley and BDN photographer and zombie Troy Bennett play Blue Suede Shoes during the costume parade at the 24th Annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships in Camden, Maine. Credit: Brian Feulner / BDN
Toboggan-1-JB.jpg 2-person team ‘Wild Thing’ Lives up to their name as they arrive at the bottom of the US Toboggan Championships’ chute in Camden in 2007. Credit: Joshua Bright / BDN

Water was visible in 2016 on top of the ice at Hosmer Pond in Camden. With rain and warm weather causing concerns about the thickness being sufficient to support the weight of racers and spectators, organizers decided to move the U.S. National Toboggan Championships from the 400-foot long toboggan chute to a path that will be carved out of the snow along the adjacent Camden Snow Bowl ski slope seen in the background.

Trophies won in past National Toboggan Championships at Camden Snow Bowl sit on the roof of an antique truck at the 2013 event. Credit: Aislinn Sarnacki / BDN
Members of the Hot Mamas toboggan team, left to right, Heather Hearst, Kate Cohen, Diana Castle and Marianne Forti pose for a picture in front of their ice encampment on Hosmer Pond in Camden during the 22nd Annual U.S. Toboggan championships on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2012. Credit: Kevin Bennett / BDN