Although truly a holiday to celebrate, honor and mourn fallen military heroes in our country’s history, Memorial Day weekend also has less serious implications – including the unofficial kickoff to summer, filled with time at the lake, baseball games, grilling out or snowmobiling…
That’s right – hardcore sledders know there is something snowmobile-related going on every month of the year. When it comes to Memorial Day weekend, that includes the annual Classic Sled Round Up event hosted by the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain, Wisconsin.
This year the 17th annual event will be May 29-30, again sponsored by the Livingston’s Arctic Cat from New Hampshire.
The far-away sponsor may come as a shock to some, but this is far from a local-yocal event. The Classic Sled Round Up draws people and snowmobiles from far and wide. It includes a high-end vintage show, with awards given in more than 20 categories. They include Best In Class from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, Best Survivor/Unrestored from the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, factory race sleds, customized snowmobiles and more.
There’s also a monstrous swap meet – where you can find a ton of cool and much-needed parts for vintage and classic machines as well as other items for your modern snowmobiling or garage needs.
Showing that vintage and classic doesn’t have to mean old and tired, there will be a raffle for a 1995 Ski-Doo Mach 1 that’s in perfect condition. This is also a great time to take a stroll through the newly expanded Hall of Fame facility, where you can see some of the most history-making sleds in the sport’s long history.
Things get rolling Saturday with a 3 p.m. cookout; the main Classic Sled round Up event is Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in St. Germain Town Park.