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Riding the scenic trails during SnowJam

SnowJam 2010 promises to offer up plenty of "flat out fun" as the area's premier snowmobile ride takes to the trail for its fifth annual event with activities scheduled Friday, Jan. 22, and Saturday, Jan. 23.

SnowJam will officially kick off Friday, at 7:30 p.m., with an informal bonfire at the Rural Cass Snowmobile Club Warming House, located on the northern most part of the Cass County trail system, between Arthur and Argusville, accessible only by snowmobile.

Hagge's Bar and Grill, Mapleton, will serve as headquarters for the event which is sponsored by the East Central Valley Trail Association.

Organizers are anticipating that approximately 500 snowmobilers will turn out in full force to enjoy all the annual gathering has to offer.

"With SnowJam and the North Dakota State Snowmobile Ride being held together, we expect a large and fun crowd to participate," commented public relations director Char Gust. "We hope to see many snowmobilers, both on vintage and newer sleds."

Registration will get underway at 9 a.m., Saturday, with the snowmobile ride starting and ending at Hagge's. The ride basically runs all day, so those participating can start anytime, and ride with anyone they'd like. 

Trail maps will be distributed during registration. The route will follow more than 200 miles of freshly-groomed trail throughout Cass County, featuring stops along the way at a variety of sponsoring businesses, offering up their small-town hospitality and a chance to relax and warm up before moving on to the next leg of the ride.

Riders will get a ticket at each stop they visit to bring back to Hagge's so they are included in the drawings for cash prizes of $300, $150 and $50, as well as other big prizes.

Among the designated stops acknowledged to date are: the Amenia Bar and Grill; Coaches Corner and Kelly's Café, both at Arthur; the Davenport Supper Club and Lounge, the Harwood American Legion, Kojack's Bar and Gill and M&M Convenience Store, both at Leonard, the Red Baron Lounge and Pizza Pub, Schlagel Companies, LLC, T's Shamrock and the Veterans Club, all at Casselton, and the Wild Rice Bar.

A vintage snowmobile display and ride will also be part of the fun. Vintage snowmobile enthusiasts, with models that are 1984 and older, are invited to participate in this display and ride, with the display running from 9 a.m. to noon, and the ride utilizing the vintage snowmobiles following at 1 p.m.

Prizes for Best of Show and Peoples Choice will be awarded to those deemed best during the show.

A marketplace of vendors will take place both indoors and outdoors from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., featuring supporting sponsors showcasing their products and services.

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department will be demonstrating their Snowmobile Safety simulator from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., providing the opportunity to those who have never ridden a snowmobile to experience how it feels and to practice how to balance on it as it moves.

Riders are expected to end up at Hagge's at approximately 6 p.m.

Plenty of great food will be available throughout the day at Hagge's Bar and Grill, who is also sponsoring the evening musical entertainment with a local band set to begin playing at 9 p.m.

The registration form and more information about SnowJam 2010 are available online at