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    Gearing Up for S.N.O.W.FEST 4!

    Posted by Emily Hare
    on Friday, November 18, 2016

     On Dec. 10, snowmobilers will head to Wahkon, Minn., for the 4th Annual S.N.O.W.FEST, a one-day celebration of snowmobiling wrapped around a snowmobile film festival. S.N.O.W. stands for "Somewhere North of Wahkon."

    “S.N.O.W.FEST features the newest and best snowmobile action films," said Steve Dubbs, event orginizer and chairmain of the Wahkon Film and Arts Board. "This year’s films literally bring the art form to a higher level with tighter chutes, bigger drops, and the best riders in the business, showing viewers how to take no prisoners. It’s a great kick-off to a new riding season.”

    This year's invited films include 509 Vol. 11, BRAAAP 16, Boondockers 13, Thunderstruck 15 and Alpine Assassins 7, as well as some "old school" sled movies from the Edgar Heteen archives. The most popular film will be awarded the “Best in S.N.O.W.” trophy (aka “SNOWY”).

     In addition to the film festival, S.N.O.W.FEST 4 will also feature a vintage rally in the morning. Bring your own vintage snowmobile to show, or simply view some old iron and relive the memories. There will also be new snowmobile displays, hot deals on gear and 2017 demo rides (conditions permitting). It’s a family-friendly day; admission is free, and there's complimentary popcorn and soda for the kids.

    "It's a party with a purpose," said Dubbs. "Proceeds from the event go to the three local clubs who maintain over 400 miles of trails in the Lake Mille Lacs area. The benefiting clubs are the Mille Lacs Trails Club, the Garrison Commercial Club and the Mille Lacs Driftskippers. We appreciate all they do to keep our trails in top condition, and we want to help and support them."

    The event will be held regardless of snow conditions. If snow is available, you can ride in from the nearby Soo Line Trail or Red Top Loop.

     More event and lodging information is available at


    Saturday, Dec. 10

     9-11 a.m. – Vintage Snowmobile Show Registration
    9 a.m.-Noon – Old School Snowmobile Films
    10 a.m. –
    Silent Auction Bidding Opens
    11 a.m.-3 p.m. –
    NEW Snowmobile Displays
    11 a.m.-2 p.m. –
    Vintage Show (Judging at 1:30 p.m.)
    Noon –
    (Exact start times may vary)

    • Noon – Alpine Assassins 7
    • 1 p.m. – BRAAAP 15
    • 2 p.m. – 509 Vol. 11
    • 3 p.m. – Thunderstruck 15
    • 4 p.m. – Boondockers 13

    3 & 4 p.m. – Silent Auction Bidding Closes
    5 p.m. –
    Awards to Best Films (SNOWYs)
    All Day –
    Door Prizes

    VINTAGE RALLY – 10 Trophy Classes

    • Best Vintage Costume (no entry fee)
    • Cutter (new class)
    • Antique 1968 & earlier
    • Vintage 1969-74
    • Vintage 1975-80
    • Classic 1981-90
    • Custom / Rat Rod
    • Race
    • Survivor (All years, unrestored originals)
    • Best in S.N.O.W. (People's Choice)

    $5 entry per sled / $20 entry 4 or more

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