‘Every mile is very expensive to groom’
SUTHERLAND’S LAKE – An event-filled day is planned to replace the annual ice drag races this weekend.
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Dave Randell, owner of TDR Transportation & Logistics, watches as snowmobilers come and go at the Sutherland’s Lake Trail Groomer Association’s warming shelter on Feb. 1. The association is hosting its annual Dan O’Neil Poker Rally on Saturday, combined with family-filled activities for Carnival Days.
Jeremy Cowan, with the Sutherland’s Lake Trail Groomer Association, said the drags are too reliant on the weather.
“Last year, we got rained out,” said Cowan. “We got a lot of the drags in on Saturday before having to cancel the rest. It’s tough to plan them. There’s a lot of work that goes into it and if the weather doesn’t co-operate, it’s tough, especially for those wanting to participate because they plan for it months in advance.”
This year, the association decided to combine family activities, demonstrations and displays with the annual Dan O’Neil Poker Rally, which will be held Saturday.
“We’ll be having a family skate and music outside, as well as musicians performing in the clubhouse from 3 to 7 p.m.,” said Cowan.
“The day will start with the 60-kilometre rally route and include food and freebies for the kids.”
There will also be antique snowmobiles on display with prizes to be handed out, as well as dealer demo models.
The rally will include a bonus scavenger hunt and three companies are sponsoring trailside checkpoints. An optional longer route is also available.
Families who stick around until dusk can take advantage of the warmth of a bonfire. Kids can also have their faces painted during the event.
Money raised through the event, as well as a 50/50 draw and silent auction, will go into the association for upkeep of trails.
“The money goes right back into the club for grooming. Every mile is very expensive to groom,” said Cowan.
Registration for the rally begins at 8 a.m. at the clubhouse, while the rally itself begins at 9. Riders can go at their own pace. The other festivities begin at 3 p.m., when the rally ends.
“The ice is cleared off and ready to go,” said Cowan, noting those who wish to skate are asked to bring their own skates. “We just wanted to make it a fun day for families and kids.”
The day will also see the association recognize the late Donnie Dahr and his commitment to the association.
For more information on the association, visit sltga.ca.