2018 Snowmobile Hall of Fame Classic Sled Roundup

Vintage sleds were hot in St. Germain!
This past Memorial Day weekend, attendees were treated to blazing sun and record-setting heat in the Northwoods of Wisconsin for the 2018 Classic Sled Roundup, hosted by the Snowmobile Hall of Fame in St. Germain. The events kicked off on Saturday, May 26th when the Hall of Fame hosted cook out in the recently completed two-story north wing addition the evening before the show.

Hall of Fame President, Craig Marchbank, curator Jamie Zeller, the board of directors along with all the donors and sponsors of the SHOF were very pleased to open the new 60’ x 100’, two-story addition to the public for the first time. This year the food was catered indoors to give everyone a firsthand view of the future display space the existing hall of fame will soon be growing into.
As every year before, the “Classic Sled Roundup” officially started at the town park when the gates opened at 7:00 am Sunday morning, but unlike last year, it was off to a sunny start. Swappers were allowed in before 6:00am ... and kept coming over the next few hours. Within a few hours of opening the gates, the soccer field and the gravel parking areas were again filled from end to end with swappers eager to move their wares. The updated parking layout was well stocked with a huge variety of vintage and late model sled treasures ranging from used original, NOS (new old stock) and reproduction parts along with a selection of vintage and late model machines for sale.
As the sun continued to shine down, the covered pavilion became packed full with sleds while the display field was covered in some of the finest show machines in the north woods and surrounding states. Guest judges had 17 classes of sleds to comb over, including specialty classes like Best of Show, Best Overall Display, Custom and Non Snowmobile Manufacturer for other products built by snowmobile manufacturers. As last year, the show has also invited classic sled models by opening up the 1981+ restored and original classes up to 1996 model years. During the awards ceremony, a vintage 1986 Yamaha V-Max – donated by Jon Bertolino – was raffled off. Next year’s vintage raffle machine will be a 1981 Ski-Doo Blizzard 7500 which will be on display at the SHOF and select events throughout the year.

There is nearly something for every sled-head to enjoy at this weekend event, from the cookout, show, swap, celebrity sightings and visiting old friends. Even record setting temps can’t cool the enthusiasm of these dedicated show goers. The Board of Directors was pleased to again welcome back Arctic Cat as the title sponsor, and hopes to see you there next May 26th, 2019. Please visit www.snowmobilehalloffame.com for up to date info on the expansion and upcoming Ride with the Champs in Feb 16th, 2019.
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