Waconia Ride-In had upwards of 5,000 attendees, in Waconia, Minn.,despite the poor snow conditions and rain forecast on Sunday, January 27, according to Valdi Stefanson, Secretary of the Waconia Ride-In Committee.
"To our delight, many traditional attendees showed up both days, but brought their car instead of their truck, trailer and vintage snowmobiles. They still wanted to see the events, visit with fellow sled-heads and experience the featured snowmobiles - Scorpion & Brut," Stefanson said. The formal trail ride was canceled because of a lack of snow. However, some riders who brought sleds with did use the snow that was on the south shore, about one mile in length. AmSnow's Les Pinz played a pivotal role in planning the show according to Stefanson. "He was pivotal in arranging for featured snowmobile (Scorpion & Brut) displays, dignitaries, speakers for the banquet, sleds on display in the ballroom, etc," Stefanson said. The judged show had 442 participant sleds. "Typically, we would see 500 participants. Most participants said that they had their trailers loaded already and came to the judged show "hell or high water", despite the scary weather report," Stefanson said. Around 1 pm on Sunday the rain started as the machines were lined up for judging. Many participants were concerned about the weather so they left early on Sunday.