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Minocqua Forest Riders hold events throughout the winter

January 17, 2020 by Beckie Gaskill

Snowmobiling brings thousands of visitors to the Northwoods every winter. Whether people are just looking to get out and enjoy the trails with friends, or they use those trails to access the lakes to do some ice fishing, they rely on a large network of volunteers in order to enjoy their time here.

While the labor is all on a volunteer basis, it takes money to get the trails groomed, upkeep equipment, create signage, and all of the other things that go along with a great snowmobiling experience. For that reason, clubs such as the Minocqua Forest Riders hold fund raisers, raffles and other fun events throughout the winter. 



Chili Feed

This weekend, the Forest Riders are holding a Chili Feed in conjunction with their regular club meeting. The Chili Feed will be held at The Boathouse in Minocqua from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18 At that time, the regular club meeting is scheduled to start. The public is welcome to stay and attend the meeting. 

There is no cost for the chili and fixings, but a donation is appreciated. Those interested in learning more about the club, or who are looking to get involved in a snowmobile club, can attend the meeting and meet many of the members.

According to club president Curt Christensen, the club will be marking the five lakes along their trails: Sunday, Squaw, Buckskin, Squirrel and Booth, by the weekend. He state if the trails were not marked by the weekend, he was certain they would be by the end of the weekend. He said workers were also able to groom the swamps along the trails recently and that the trails he has been on are some of the best he has ridden since he came to the Northwoods in 2013.



Cruise for Cancer

Next weekend the club will also be holding their Second annual Northwoods Cruise for Cancer, with proceeds going to help those fighting cancer in the greater Minocqua Area. 

Registration will begin at The Boathouse at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, where riders can also pick up their T-shirts. The ride then begins at 10 a.m. and ends approximately 5 p.m. Riders will cruise down the Bearskin Trail through Hazelhurst and the Willow Region and end up back at The Boathouse in the evening. The first stop on the trail is the Willow Haven Supper Club for lunch and there will be Boathouse Prize raffles throughout the day. Entry fee is $50 per rider. Everyone is invited out to enjoy the trails and ride for a good cause.



Raffle

Each year the Minocqua Forest Riders also holds a snowmobile raffle. Up for grabs this year is a 2019 SkiDoo MXZ TNT 800 e-Tech from Lakeland Powersports valued at $10,000. Second prize is a two-place Triton snowmobile trailer donated by Tony and Rachelle Priesgen. The trailer and accessories are valued at $1.800. Third place will be one of two $1,000 gift certificates. The gift certificate winner will choose from R&R Motorsports or Ryden Marine Minocqua Yamaha.  

Tickets are available at all area trail sponsor for $10 a piece. A full list of locations to buy tickets is on the Forest Riders website. The raffle drawing this year will be held on Feb. 23 at Rustic Pines. Ticket holders need not be present to win.

Those interested in the snowmobile raffle or any events held by the Forest Riders can find more information on the Minocqua Forest Riders website at minocquaforestriders.org.

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