Back In The Day Snowmobile Get Away to be Held in Roseau this February
The Antique Snowmobile Club of America (ASCOA) is excited to be holding its annual winter meeting and first ever “Back in the Day Snowmobile Get-Away” in Roseau, Minnesota on February 20th and 21st. Kids of all age are invited to come and view the antique snowmobiles and participate in the outdoor show & driving events. Running concurrently is the Third Annual David Johnson Vintage Sno-Cat Spectacular.
This weekend of fun is a great way to unplug and get outdoors and enjoy one of Minnesota’s great wintertime activities. The 2 day event will include many activities where you can learn about the history of snowmobiles and see restored sleds that hold a unique history and often have a story to tell. All of the club’s events are open to the public and most are free of charge.
The event begins on Friday, February 20th with a trail ride at 1:00 pm. The ride starts at Gene’s Bar & Grill, 1095 3rd Street, NW and ends at Polaris Industries where tours of the factory will be held at 2:00 pm. Then at 3:00 p.m. there will be a tour of the Polaris Experience Center Museum. Friday evening’s festivities include social hour at Gene’s Bar and Grill at 6 p.m. This is a great time to talk to club members about their sleds!
On Saturday, the 21st, activities will include an Antique Show & Display At Gene’s Bar & Grill at 10:00 am. At noon there will be trail rides and antique snowmobile races including a drag race, oval race and obstacle course. Throughout the day former Polaris employees and racers will be on hand to visit with the public and give them information about these fantastic machines. Who knows --- there may be some Arctic Cat experts on hand as well! The club is anticipating that 100 antique and vintage snowmobiles will be on hand. Some of these sleds have been refurbished by the owners and some are in original condition. Either way, the owners are anxious to answer your questions. Saturday night’s banquet, which is open to the public, concludes the club’s activities. The keynote speaker at the banquet is Andy Wells, from Bemidji Minnesota. Wells is a successful entrepreneur and President of the Wells Academy. To antique snowmobilers, engineer Andy is known for his development of the 1965 Polaris Lil’ Andy snowmobile, for whom it was named.
There will be plenty to see and do in Roseau that weekend as also going on that weekend is the Third Annual David Johnson Vintage Sno-Cat Spectacular. This snowmobile show has become an annual tradition in the area. This “Spectacular” features a show, annual grudge race between Arctic Cat and Polaris, and a parade. Something that is not to be missed!
For more information about the event visit the ASCOA website at http://www.ascoa.org or contact Club President, Valdi Stefanson, at 651 462 4497, Local Coordinator Bruce Monsrud, 218 463 2520 or Rob Crowe, Third Annual David Johnson Vintage Sno-Cat Spectacular Coordinator, 218-244-8092.