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Louie Vito Rail Jam draws big turnout despite bad weather (Audio & video included)

The loft at Mad River Mountain was jam-packed Saturday evening with people young and old who came out for the ninth annual Louie Vito Rail Jam despite the slippery road conditions.

Olympian and 2012 overall champion of the U.S. Grand Prix and Dew Cup Louie Vito returned to his hometown to host his annual rail jam. The rail jam is one of the largest in the Midwest. Vito signed autographs and handed out prizes throughout the evening. He says he passed out more than $25,000 worth of prizes this year.

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Watch Vito pass out prizes at Saturday’s rail jam

The rail jam started at 2 p.m. and was open only to snowboarders. Participants were categorized by three age groups: 10-13, 14-17 and 18 and up. Ten overall champions were entered to win the grand prize—an all expenses paid trip to Windell's Camp in Oregon next summer.

This year’s grand-prize winner was 15-year-old Sam Grodhaus (pictured), of Dublin. As a first-timer at the Louie Vito Rail Jam, he says he was shocked to win the grand prize.

Listen to Grodhaus describe the rail jam and what it was like to win the grand prize

Fireworks followed the announcement of the grand-prize winner. Scratchmatik and hip-hop artist Ron E. Polo provided live entertainment for the event.

All proceeds were donated to the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Bellefontaine.

Listen to Vito talk about the success of this year’s rail jam

Vito recently took second place at the Dew Tour Championship in Breckenridge, Colorado two weeks ago. He plans to compete at the U.S. Grand Prix at Copper Mountain, Colorado in early January.  

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