Marion Snowfest Around the Corner

February 8, 2019

By Steve Landon

Nothing in nature can quite match the beauty of the Marion Fairgrounds/Veterans Memorial Park covered in a blanket of snow on a winters day until you add vintage snowmobiles and racing to the mix. Now that’s winter beauty at its best! On Saturday February 16th , the historic fairgrounds comes to life for the 11th Annual Marion Snowfest.

Presented by the Marion Snowmobile Club, the Marion Snowfest continues to be one of those must attend events for winter sports fans who love snowmobiles, history, racing with a little shopping and swapping mixed in for good measure. In 2018, the Marion Snowfest enjoyed the biggest crowd in the events 10-year history thanks in part to good weather and excellent promotion by the volunteer group who brought it all together like clockwork.

Twenty-nine race classes are scheduled this year ranging from from youth to old persons. Between qualifying heats and class finals even diehard race fans should come away totally satisfied. In 2018, a record 295 entries took to the oval, running vintage makes and models from a bygone era. This year participation is expected to be even bigger.

If racing is not your thing there are plenty of interesting things to see and do on the grounds from checking out the late season swap meet for bargains to looking over some amazing old snowmobiles from simpler times. You can even grab a snack in the heated concession stand.

Nothing is more beautiful than seeing old glory flying in the wind during opening ceremonies.

Nothing is more beautiful than seeing old glory flying in the wind during opening ceremonies.

Ryan Blain of Lake will return to direct the popular vintage snowmobile show. Working with several volunteers Blain put on another outstanding show in 2018 drawing in a record 102 show sleds featuring rare and common snowmobiles. The 2019 Feature snowmobile make is Chaparral, however all brands and models are welcome. Show Registration promptly begins at 8:00 a.m. in the fair office near the display area behind the grandstand.

1970 Soo I-500 winner Don Brown of Traverse City is expected to be on hand, to take the colorful pre-race vintage sled lap with a replica of his 1970 I-500 winning Chaparral. The lap is truly something worth seeing. All riders carry the American flag round the oval to the front of the grandstand for the playing of our National Anthem.

Admission to the 11th Annual Marion Snowfest is just $5.00 so load up the family and come on over to Marion. Check out the schedule for details.
2019 Marion Snowfest schedule of events; Friday Night Early Registration: 4:00 p.m. to dark, Saturday Race Registration: 8:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. • Racing Starts at 11:00 a.m.

Vintage Show Registration: 8 a.m. • Trophies: 1:00 p.m. Swap Meet starts at 8:00 Concessions are available.

To learn more about the Marion Snowmobile Club, the Marion October Snowmobile Swap Meet and the Marion Snowfest go to www.marionvintagesnowmobileclub.com.

 





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