Back In The Day Snow­mo­bile Get Away to be Held in Roseau this Fe­bru­ary

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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 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.

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