The 14th annual Cruiserfest gets under way in Minocqua on Lake Minocqua Friday, Feb. 7, and will continue through Saturday, Feb. 8.
Tom Bird, vice president of the Cross Country Cruisers Snowmobile Club and Cruiserfest event coordinator, said preparation has been ongoing and really ramps up in the few days leading up to the event.
There will be a snowmobile parade, fireworks and more Friday, with radar runs on a 1,000-foot shaved ice track and a hard-pack snow track Saturday.
The radar runs, by St. Germain Racing Club, should get under way around 10:30 a.m., with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m.
“We’ll have, hopefully, hundreds of runners,” Bird said. “We’ve got 30 different classes.”
Also on Saturday are the fourth annual bikini runs.
“They are going for top speed and they are also going for top pledges raised,” Bird said.
Half of that money will go to the Pink Ribbon Riders, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to men and women diagnosed with breast cancer, and the other half goes to the trail fund.
Bird noted that they are looking for more bikini runners. A minimum $50 sponsorship is required.
The ice is in good shape.
“Thickness of ice we don’t have to worry about this year, which is really nice,” Bird said.
On Friday, Feb. 7, from 6-9 p.m. at the heated tent on Lake Minocqua, there will be bonfires, food, beverages and music. At 6:15 p.m. there will be a snowmobile parade from Stack’s Bay to the Aqua Bowl. Fireworks will be set off over Lake Minocqua at 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 8, will feature the radar runs. Breakfast will be served in the heated tent from 8-11 a.m. and chili, brats, burgers and beverages will be available from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Registration for the radar runs is at 9:30 a.m., with the runs beginning at 10:30 a.m. Thirty classes will compete on hard-pack snow and the shaved ice track. The bikini races (ladies only) get under way at 2 p.m.
There will be an awards presentation in the tent following the racing events.
From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, there will be groomer rides and dealer displays to check out. A swap meet will be held. Sell your sled or ATV. Attendees can bring their vintage snowmobile for the Vintage Sled Display that will take place all day.
There will be raffles, too.
For more information about Cruiserfest, call 715-439-0111; email firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.snowmobilewi.com.