Saturday’s fifth Anna Kozel Vintage Sled Show in East Grand Forks featured 104 vintage snowmobiles and a large crowd that converged below the Blue Moose to check out and admire the sleds.
The annual event is a fundraiser for Relay for Life and is named for Anna Kozel, an East Grand Forks woman who died of cancer in 2010.
I had a story about the show in Sunday’s Herald, but award winners weren’t available Saturday at press time. Snowmobile models and the year they were manufactured were not included in the results (except for Art Seydel’s 1972 Viking, which I picked as the Media’s Choice winner and which also won a handful of other categories), but here is a list of the winners provided by Merlyn Werner of East Grand Forks, one of the show’s organizers:
Farthest Traveled: Steve Peterson, Surrey, N.D., 203 miles.
Kids Participation: Ryder Bestland, Hunter Girodat, Chase Girodat, Mathew Klopp, Chris Nelson & Gage Omdahl.
Best Original: First — Lloyd Gering, Garson Man.; Second — Todd Grabanski, East Grand Forks; Third — Mark Olson Devils Lake.
Best Restored: First, Dan Egge, Pelican Rapids Minn.; Second — Mathew Klopp, Argyle, Minn.; Third — Dick Krogstad, Thief River Falls.
Retired Race : First — Archie Simonson Grand Forks; Second — Steve Peterson, Surrey, N.D.; Third — Art Seydel East Grand Forks.
People’s Choice : First — Art Seydel East Grand Fork; Second — Kyle Kozel, East Grand Forks; Third — Steve Peterson, Surrey, N.D.
Mayor’s Choice: Art Seydel, East Grand Forks.
Media’s Choice: Art Seydel, East Grand Forks.
My story on the show, along with a video clip and photos from Herald photographer Eric Hylden, is available here. More information on the show, which is held the first Saturday in February, is available here.