Snowmobile club hoping for big fundraising turnoutNo, the magic snowmobile groomer doesn’t head out to work on area snowmobile trails while you sleep.
By: Forrest Johnson, Lake County News Chronicle
No, the magic snowmobile groomer doesn’t head out to work on area snowmobile trails while you sleep. It takes volunteers, many volunteers, to keep the groomers going and the trails cleared for sledders and their families to enjoy over the long winter.
The Two Harbors Voyageur’s Snowmobile Club is one of many volunteer-based organizations that tend to hundreds of miles of trails that criss-cross Lake County. This Saturday, the club is hosting its annual appreciation and fundraising dinner to honor its past and present members, volunteers and to raise funds for future efforts of the club. The spaghetti feed is being donated by Blackwoods. Area organizations have sent items for auctions and door prizes and this year, visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the Two Harbors Food Shelf. The snowmobile club is donating 10 percent of what they raise during the evening to the food shelf.
The gathering will be held at the Moose Lodge from 5-8 p.m. There will be a DJ providing music and local musicians Bill Rabold and Dave Houle will also be on hand.
Club boardmember Bob Bissell said that the hopes are that fundraising efforts can go toward the purchase of a new groomer. The club presently has two Tucker groomers, 1992 and 2001 models. A grant through the state will provide $75,000 of the needed $165,000 for the new machine. And the club is also in the middle of a number of trail improvement projects.
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