With a large crowd in attendance, the Groom to Ride drawing was held on March 26th at Trackside. Groom to Ride is a major fundraiser for three area snowmobile clubs – Sno-Eagles of Eagle River, Sno-Buddies of Conover, and Northern Lights Snowmobile Club of Three Lakes. The raffle is sponsored by Trackside of Eagle River.
Representatives from the Sno-Eagles, Sno Buddies, and Northern Lights Snowmobile Club were present while the winning tickets were drawn by youth snowmobiler Natalie Jastrow.
The raffle generated $44,565 in profit which was shared between the three clubs. All proceeds will be used for trail grooming programs. The Sno-Eagles portion of the earnings was $19,034.
Trackside donated first prize, a 2022 Ski-Doo 600 snowmobile.
Second prize, 2023 World Championship Snowmobile Derby tickets for 4 reserved indoor Hot Seats including admission and parking was donated by the owners of the World Championship Derby Complex.
Third prize was a two-night stay at the Northernaire Resort donated by the Northernaire Resort Condo Association, dinner for two at Aromas Italian Restaurant donated by Bill and Karen Hren, and dinner for two at Spirit Lakeside Restaurant donated by Laura Forsyth-Madl and Jessica Czaplinski.
Fourth prize was $300 cash.
The Sno-Eagles had bucket raffles prior to the drawing with prizes were donated by local supporters.
Free lunch was enjoyed by all.
The lucky winners were:
1st Prize – Kevin Muir
2nd Prize – Scott Radford
3rd Prize – Karen Reed
4th Prize – Mike Houdek
Club representatives are grateful for the support of Trackside, the World Championship Derby Complex, the Northernaire Resort Condo Association Aromas Italian Restaurant, and Sprit Lakeside Restaurant who donated the prizes, and all the local businesses who sold raffle tickets.
Special thanks to DAN DUMAS for the Livestream broadcast on Facebook and to the many volunteers who made the event possible!