Lack of snow didn’t put a damper on Saturday’s Fourth Annual Vintage Snowmobile Day outside the Blue Moose in East Grand Forks.
Saturday’s Fourth Annual Vintage Snowmobile Day featured 115 old sleds on display outside the Blue Moose in East Grand Forks.
According to Merlyn Werner of East Grand Forks, one of the event’s organizers, 115 vintage sleds were on display along the east bank of the Red River for the vintage show, a Relay for Life fundraiser in memory of Anna Kozel, East Grand Forks, who died of cancer in 2010.
Sleds had to be manufactured in 1980 or before to be on display.
I served as a judge in the media category, and picking a winner wasn’t easy. In the end, I narrowed it down to four sleds: a restored Alouette from Garson, Man.; a restored Polaris TX300 from Ham Lake, Minn.; an Arctic Cat Puma from Bemidji; and a 1970 Arctic Cat in showroom shape owned by Wayne Kuster of Grand Forks.
A 1967 Silverline T-Bird was among the more obscure snowmobile brands on display during Saturday’s vintage snowmobile show in East Grand Forks.
In the end, I picked Kuster’s sled as the Media’s Choice winner, though it just as easily could have been any of the other three snowmobiles. There were some beautiful old sleds on display Saturday afternoon. I thought I knew my old snowmobiles fairly well, but there were a few on display Saturday I’d never heard of, including a 1967 Silverline T-Bird from Aneta, N.D.
Other winning sleds during the event were as follows:
Mayor’s Choice: Lloyd Gering, Garson, Man., restored Alouette.
Original: First, Allen Carlsrud, Twin Valley, Minn., Viking; second, Mark Olson, Devils Lake, Skiroule; third, Loren Machart, Park River, N.D., Ski-Doo 779 Blizzard.
Restored: First, Scott Wurzbacher, Ham Lake, Minn., Polaris TX300; second, John Anderson,Thief River Falls, Ski-Doo TnT; third, Jon Sundberg, Thief River Falls, Polaris Mustang.
Youngest Participant: Mathew Klopp, Argyle Minn.
People’s Choice: Kyle Kozel, East Grand Forks, Polaris TX race sled.
Participants Choice: Jon Sundberg, Thief River Falls, Polaris Mustang.