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Vintage rally to draw big crowd

This year, the second Saturday of Polar Fest falls on the same day the Ultra Vintage Snowmobile Rally takes place. Prepare to see all types of sleds from the original and restored to the new and still active.

The Ultra Vintage Rally will be held Saturday, Feb. 19, with registration starting at 8 a.m. and trophies presented at noon.

Ultra Snowmobile Club member and one of the organizers of the event Wayne Schlauderaff said this year's featured sled will be the Yamaha models but a total of 20 classes will participate.

And because it starts at the Detroit Lakes city beach, other avid snowmobilers will be on the lake at the same time joining in the rally and drawing a crowd.

"There is many, many other sleds that ride along that aren't registered," Schlauderaff said. "It's a good time, it's a family event."

The ride is about 20 miles with cash and door prizes at six stops: Zorbaz, the American Legion, Beach Front Restaurant, D. Dahl's, Shorewood Pub and the Holiday Inn. Raffle tickets cost $5 with no additional registration costs.

Last year's event drew a crowd of spectators and about 120 sleds, which raised close to $3,000 for the trails in Becker County, Schlauderaff said. Although there is no goal for how much money the club is hoping to raise this year, all funds will go toward other improvement projects.

This year, the Ultra Snowmobile Club and the Midnight Riders of Lake Park collaborated to purchase equipment to help groom Becker County Trails.

The vintage rally is known to attract many of the older sleds, but with 20 classes this year, judged by two individuals each, more people are expected to attend.

"It's definitely gonna be a lot more people on the lake," Schlauderaff said.

The following are all of the classes to be featured this year: 66 and older original and restored, 67-69 original and restored, 70-72 original and restored, 73-75 original and restored, 76 and newer original and restored, race sled active, race sled retired, the brand of the year Yamaha, the 16 and under kids class, and the rats class (those very old but made over sleds).

For more information, contact Schlauderaff at 218-849-3069.