A summer camp for snowmobilers: ULTRA to host 2nd Annual Summer Campout, Swap Meet & Snowmobile Show, June 16-18
Since the 2016 inaugural event was a solid success, Detroit Lakes' ULTRA Snowmobile Club will be bringing its vintage sleds out of storage this week for the 2nd Annual Summer Snowmobile Campout, Show & Swap Meet. Set to take place Friday through Sunday, June 16-18, at the Shorewood Pub & Campground (1743 Long Bridge Road, Detroit Lakes), the event is intended to be a summer get-together for snowmobiling enthusiasts as well as a fundraiser for the club, says ULTRA member Wayne Schlauderaff. "People can come camp out on Friday, starting at noon, and stay until Sunday morning if they'd like," he added, noting that it's also fine to come later or leave early. In addition to plenty of socializing with fellow snowmobilers, the weekend will also include a snowmobile show and swap meet. "People can buy and sell parts for snowmobiles, ATVs and motorcycles," Schlauderaff said, noting that last year's swap included about 24 sellers and over 100 buyers, most of whom also checked out the snowmobile show as well.
There were about 10 sleds in last year's snowmobile show, mostly vintage, though sleds of any age are welcome, he added.
"We're trying to build the show up a little bit, so we'll have a tent for people to show their sleds in," Schlauderaff said, "and we'll also be awarding trophies in seven different categories — Kids' Class; Campers' Choice; Farthest Traveled; Most Original Sled; Nicest Restored Sled; Survivor Sled (for sleds preserved in their original state), and Nicest Looking Race Sled."
Besides getting a shot at the Kids' Class trophy, younger snowmobilers should enjoy viewing the cartoon-themed sleds including Snow Mader (based on the "Cars" character Mader), Minion (from the "Despicable Me" movies) and Thomas (based on the "Thomas the Train Engine" books and TV series), he added.
"We're also bringing in the snowmobile training simulator from the Minnesota DNR," said Schlauderaff, adding that there will be volunteers talking to the kids about how to ride snowmobiles safely — and hopefully inspiring some of them to sign up for the youth snowmobile safety training course that ULTRA sponsors every December.
"We'd like to see more kids get involved in snowmobiling," he added.
The show gets underway at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 17, which is also the start time for the swap meet.
The cost to camp out for the weekend is $25, Schlauderaff said; those wanting to camp out for the weekend are urged to reserve their spot early, as there are a limited number of electric hookups available. Also, those who stay for both nights will be able to view vintage snowmobile advertisements and racing movies on an outdoor screen, set up on the side of one of the campers.
"That was a big hit last year," Schlauderaff noted, so they decided to do it again. To take part in Saturday's swap meet, the cost is $20 for a two-place trailer or $40 for a four-place trailer; general admission to the show and swap meet is $5 per person or $10 per family, the same as last year. In addition, the Shorewood Pub will be open during its regular hours for participants to purchase meals and drinks. All proceeds from the weekend will go toward the maintenance of ULTRA's snowmobile trails, and expenses for its annual youth snowmobile training course. For more information, contact Wayne Schlauderaff at 218-849-3069, visit the club's web page at www.ultradl.org, or find the ULTRA Snowmobile Club on Facebook.