Minnesota event will kick off snowmobile season
Though fall doesn’t even officially start until Sept. 22, the unofficial start to winter is set for a few weeks prior. The Sno-Barons Snowmobile Club’s Haydays, which has traditionally been seen as the launch of the snowmobile season, hits North Branch, Minn., Sept. 7-8.
Some changes for 2013 include seating added to the Motorsports Freestyle Expo area, increased access to electricity and more space created by the removal of a tree line. Though ample parking is available, parking lots and the swap road have moved, so event coordinator Meshell Gorsegner recommends attendees check the new map before heading to the show.
Returning will be many of the same vendors, along with some new ones. The four snowmobile manufacturers will bring their large displays, and the ATV demo area will be available for customers looking to try new rides.
“We’re just trying to give the crowd that diversity of seeing everything,” Gorsegner said.
Last year’s Haydays reported a good turnout, and the show ran smoothly, so the Sno-Barons expect a similar experience this year, with more attendees expected if the weather cools a little before that weekend.
“I think people always get excited when it starts to get chilly,” Gorsegner said. “We’re looking forward to it.”
Ski-Doo has already announced it will be launching its 2014 MXZ x 600 rs race sled at Haydays. The snowmobile will feature a new body style, rear suspension, track, tunnel, front suspension geometry and steering geometry. It will also include increased cooling capacity, improved clutch calibration, improved ECM calibration and more horsepower.