BARRE, Vt. — Thunder Road and American-Canadian Tour officials have postponed the Northfield Savings Bank Vermont Milk Bowl until Oct. 16-17 due to an inclement weather outlook.
Booth Bros./H.P. Hood Milk Bowl Qualifying Day will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16 with the 59th Vermont Milk Bowl on Sunday, Oct. 17.
Officials had previously cancelled the Qualifying Day activities scheduled for Oct. 2 due to rain. The forecast for Sunday, Oct. 3 isn’t much better, with most outlets calling for a 60 percent chance of showers throughout the morning and afternoon. Based on this forecast, it was determined the track could not reasonably condense both the Saturday and Sunday cards into one day.
As such, both Milk Bowl programs will now be run in full on Oct. 16-17, The event schedule and divisions remain the same apart from the date change. Due to the rescheduling, the Flying Tiger Oxford Open that was scheduled for Oct. 16 has been cancelled.
All advance tickets and three-day pit passes will be honored at the make-up events. If anyone with advance tickets or a three-day pit pass cannot attend on the new dates, please call the Thunder Road/ACT offices at (802) 244-6963 ext. 4 or email email@example.com for further information.
“Unfortunately, crowning the 59th Milk Bowl champion will have to wait two more weeks,” Thunder Road/ACT managing partner Cris Michaud said. “We might have been able to squeeze in just the original Sunday events based on the forecast, but not both day’s events. The teams and fans deserve to get a full Milk Bowl in, and postponing is the only sure way to give them that.”
“We also apologize to the Flying Tiger teams that were looking forward to going to Oxford,” Michaud continued. “There was going to be a schedule conflict unless we waited until the end of October, and we decided we couldn’t risk that based on past history with Northeast weather. Tom Mayberry of Oxford was very understanding of the situation and of us needing to prioritize the Milk Bowl on our schedule, and we thank him for that.”