Big Sandy Lake - Jan. 11
For decades, Big Sandy Lake north of McGregor has been the site for a Vintage Snowmobile Run, and in 2020 Big Sand Bar will host the annual event Saturday, Jan. 11.
Starting at 8 a.m., a breakfast of two pancakes, two eggs and bacon will be served for $6.95, with $1 from each meal being donated to the McGregor Area Food Shelf. Registration for the Vintage Snowmobile Run also starts at 8 a.m. and there is a $5 entry fee. The fee gets riders qualified for the judging and gift certificate drawings.
Participants then have most of the day to travel around Big Sandy Lake at their leisure, starting at 10 a.m. There will be seven sponsor stops around the lake, including Big Sandy Lodge, Big Sand Bar, Fisherman’s Bay, Prairie River Retreat, Hillcrest Resort, Red Rock and Zorbaz. Prizes and gift certificates will be given to those who get their entry form stamped at each business.
The gift certificate drawing will be held at 6 p.m. at Big Sand Bar. Vintage snowmobile awards, for sleds 25 years or older, will be given out for Best in Show, Best Original Sled and People’s Choice.
Trophies and cash prizes will be given to winners. Money left over from the event after payouts will also go toward the McGregor Area Food Shelf.
All snowmobiles are welcome to ride for fun but are NOT eligible for the drawings.
For more information, contact Big Sand Bar at 218-426-3011.
Tamarack Sno Flyers - Jan. 25
Now in its 31st year, the Tamarack Sno-Flyers Vintage Run will travel from Tamarack (195 Main St., Tamarack) to Horseshoe Lake Inn.
Registration starts at 9 a.m. at the Sno-Flyers clubhouse in Tamarack. The ride gets underway at 11 a.m. The ride will go on snow or no snow.
The Village Pump Cafe in Tamarack will open for breakfast at 7 a.m. There will be a bonfire stop along the trail, smoked chicken chowder and BBQ pulled pork sandwiches will be available, a lake area medallion hunt will also be held by Horseshoe.
If you have any questions, contact Wayne Bobendrier, trail administrator, at 218-820-5992 or Bob Johnson at 218-821-0352.
Crosby Scorpion Homecoming and Ice Fishing Contest — Feb. 1
Join hundreds of anglers and snowmobile enthusiasts at the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber’s 16th Annual Ice Fishing Contest and Scorpion Homecoming on Saturday, Feb. 1, from 12-3 p.m. on Serpent Lake near Crosby’s Memorial Park.
The tournament boasts more than $1,000 in prizes for anglers and prizes are awarded to fish of all sizes during the three-hour contest. Entry tickets are $10 for each hole and include the chance to win five raffle prizes.
Scorpion Homecoming dusts off old machines and recalls a time when the Cuyuna Lakes was among the largest snowmobile producers in the world. Numerous Scorpions will be on display and a trail ride is planned. The 2020 featured sled is the Range Whip, Scorpion’s popular mid-size sports machine. Special Range Whip commemorative buttons and other Scorpion memorabilia will be sold at the tournament’s on-ice warming tent.
New this year, to initiate the onset of the ice fishing contest, the Crosby-Ironton Chamber singers will perform the national anthem on the ice, while being accompanied by the Ironton American Legion Color Guard.
All proceeds from the tournament and Scorpion merchandise sales benefit the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber and will be used for marketing to attract visitors to the area.
Tournament tickets are available at the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber office (in Mid-Minnesota Federal Credit Union in Crosby), CI Courier, Deerwood Bank, Mid-MN Federal Credit Union, Oars-N-Mines and Spalding House. They will also be sold at the event. Eager anglers are encouraged to monitor the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber Facebook page and www.cuyunalakes.com for more information including up-to-date reports on ice conditions.
Aitkin Sno-Drifters - Feb. 8
The Aitkin Sno-Drifters’ annual Vintage Ride event will take place Saturday, Feb. 8. New this year, the trek will start at The 40 Club, Aitkin with registration from 8:30-9:45 a.m.
The ride begins at 10 a.m. Trophies will be awarded based upon popular vote. Ballots must be turned in by 2:30 p.m.
There will be a vintage sled raffle drawing at 3 p.m. with proceeds benefitting Aitkin Schools Junior Achievement program. The grand prize is a 1987 Arctic Cat El Tigre.
Need not be present to win.
Jacobson Classic - Feb. 15
One of the area’s longest-running snowmobile rides, the Jacobson Classic Snowmobile Ride will be held Feb. 15.
New this year will be a special award class featuring Yamaha.
Registration begins at 10 a.m. at Jacobson Park. The ride begins at noon, lunch on the trail.
The family event has drawn as many as 200 participants in past years.
Awards and door prizes will be awarded at 5:30 p.m. at Red Eye Saloon in Swan River.
A raffle will be held for $5 per ticket. The grand prize winner will get a 1980 Yamaha Enticer 340 Deluxe. The second prize winner will be awarded a Field and Stream 30-gun safe. Other raffle items will also be awarded at this time.
The group has a motto of “No snow, -30 below, we still go.”
If you have any questions, contact 218-752-6690.