Haydays set for Minnesota, with John Deere aboard

What’s often dubbed as the unofficial start to the snowmobile season, Haydays, is ready for another crowd-gathering event.

The 46th annual show, which includes grass drags, a slew of vendors, freestyle events, racer appearances, OEM displays, a swap meet and more, is expected to draw 35,000-40,000 people to its 100-acre site near North Branch, Minn. The event runs Sept. 8-9.

“It’s right on that border of right before where people are kind of done with the sun and the heat, and they just want that crisp cold feeling. It just helps everyone around get into the mood,” said Meshell Gorsegner, event coordinator for the Sno-Barons Snowmobile Club.

The club has been working since the wrap up of last year to produce another high-quality show.

This year the drag strip is being revamped, and camping is returning for the second year. Last year people were encouraged to stay overnight at the nearby campgrounds, so they could attend both days of the event.

“The campgrounds, they were surprised at how many first timers they got [last year], and they’ve already booked more than 100 sites this year,” Gorsenger reported.

With the side-by-side segment — which is also represented at Haydays, along with ATVs, motorcycles and monster trucks — John Deere will make its debut with an OEM booth showcasing its Gator RSX850i. The side-by-side race circuit Terracross will also make a stop at Haydays for the second consecutive year, and a demo track is available for attendees to try out the latest off-road models.

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