31st Annual Ride with the Champs and Induction Ceremony

Friday morning at the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain, Wisconsin opened up with a beautiful sunny day and snow filled trails. Everyone arrived around 9:00am for a trial/poker run put together by Fuzzy Zeller. After riding approximately 40-50 miles with 5 stops to draw cards, the winner of the poker hand received 50% of the money while the SHOF receives the other 50%. After the ride, everyone returned to the SHOF for an Open House, including a bonfire and cook-out.

Saturday morning began with beautiful crisp blue skies along with a breakfast buffet and followed by the introduction of all the celebrity riders that were in attendance.After breakfast, it was time for the 180 riders to head to the trails for the 31st Annual “Ride with the Champs”. There were six different rides, going in six different directions and all leaving from St. Germain. The rides consisted of 3 modern sled rides and 3 vintage sled rides; including a short vintage ride traveling approximately 30 miles; the “Swamp Challenge” which was about 100 miles; and the “Vintage Challenge”, that went all the way to Lake Gogebic, MI, for a 165 mile loop.

After returning to the hotel for a quick “fluff and buff”, everyone gathered again at the White Tail Inn for the main event, the induction banquet to honor our four inductees for 2014: Ted Nielsen, Tom Rager, Sr., Don Omdahl and Loren Anderson.

The banquet started with an autograph session, a silent auction and then onto the induction of our 2014 honorees.

As I sat there for my 18th induction ceremony and listened to the words from the last inductee to speak, I realized the experience is still the same as it was the first time… very exciting and humbling, all at the same time!

Craig Marchbank SHOF President

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