SnowJam 2014 set for Saturday
SnowJam 2014 is set to take place on Saturday, with over 100 riders set to take to the trails of rural Cass County. The event begins at Hagge’s Bar and Grill in Mapleton at 9 a.m., and is being put on by the Rural Cass Snowmobile Club and the East Central Valley Trail Association.
Anyone who has completed their snowmobile safety training is welcome to participate.
“I think people get a kick out of the comradery,” said Char Gust, event organizer and Rural Cass Snowmobile Club member. “It also calls attention to the safety aspect of snowmobiling.”
SnowJam, in its seventh year, provides a few activities for snowmobilers throughout the day. Primarily, it provides between 50 and 60 miles of freshly groomed trails between Casselton, Mapleton, Harwood and other surrounding towns for snowmobilers to enjoy. Riders are encouraged to ride as many or as few miles as they wish.The event’s 24 sponsors will be handing out tickets along at the various trail stops. Those tickets can be put into a drawing at the end of the day for gear and cash prizes.“The more sponsors you visit, the more chances you have to win,” Gust said.There will also be a vintage snowmobile display, and everyone with an older snowmobile is encouraged to enter. Gust expects to see over 40 classic sleds to be on display.“A lot of the time, the old-fashioned snowmobile owners also show up in old-fashioned gear,” Gust said. “It makes for a fun mash-up of new and old.”A judge will award a trophy to the best vintage snowmobile of the day, and event-goers can also vote on the best one.At the end of the day, riders are encouraged to return to Hagge’s for fundraising raffles — using tickets received on the trails — and games.“We are kind of known for the games we have now,” Gust said. “We have things like competitive Rock, Paper, Scissors and a Snowmobile Belt Toss. It tends to be a fun way to add another fundraising aspect to the day.”Ultimately, the club wants to give local snowmobilers a fun reason to get out on the trails.“Our club hopes to provide a way to bring the snowmobile club together, and support the club for the rest of the winter,” Gust said. “One of our goals is to have more people learning about our club and snowmobiling in general.”Proceeds go to the Rural Cass Snowmobile Club to help them maintain area trails. This is the club’s only fundraising event of the year, and operating their trail groomer is a “significant expense,” according to Gust.Registration for the event costs $15 per sled, vintage or otherwise, and interested riders can print the registration form at snowjam.org, or simply register in person at Hagge’s on Saturday morning.