In the wake of the cancellation of the annual Haydays Grass Drags & Swap Meet event, the site of arguably the most historic winter snowmobiling event is stepping up to provide swap meet enthusiasts and others an outlet.
The World Championship Derby Complex announced recently that it will host what it’s calling the WCDC Fall Motorsports Show & Swap on September 11-13 in Eagle River, Wisconsin.
“We at the WCDC understand the difficult decision the [Haydays hosting] Sno Barons had to make for all those involved,” the Derby Complex said in a press release. “We are going to fill a much-needed event for our fellow snowmobile friends and the snowmobile community with this new, one-time-only event for 2020.”
With 30 acres of land, a large indoor Expo Hall, race track, ample parking, food and beverage licenses and a general layout to handle all sizeable events, Derby Complex officials say their facility – which will be sanitized daily with hand sanitizers located everywhere – will allow snowmobilers to gather while still distancing. “We can and will do our part to make it safe for all attendees.”
The event being put together is said to include many different motorsports aspects – not unlike Haydays – including:
- A large swap meet for all motorsports
- A vendor display area with factory displays, aftermarket products, performance parts and more for the snowmobile and ATV/UTV markets.
- Food vendors
- ATV/UTV dirt demo areas
- Trailer sales
- Resorts and lodges
Also, with Vilas County now allowing ATVs and UTVs on many trails throughout the region, attendees are encouraged to bring their summer toys to the area to make a weekend out of it.
Though it’s hosted at the Derby Complex site, the event is a coordinated effort between it and several snowmobile-related groups in the area, including the Snowmobile Racing Hall of Fame in nearby St. Germain, the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame and World Snowmobile Headquarters in Eagle River and the Snow Eagles Snowmobile Club.
At this point, the event is scheduled to open to consumers at 3 p.m. on Friday, September 11, with a special “under the lights” show on the Derby track that night. Saturday and Sunday, the show will open at 9 a.m.
“Final details are still in planning, but to reserve booth space/display space, swap meet space (limited), pricing and more details, please contact the World Championship Derby Complex at 715-479-4424 or www.derbycomplex.com,” the press release said.
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