HALE – The Hale Antique, Vintage and Classic Snowmobile Show and Swap will mark its 15th run this Saturday, Jan. 9.
Those looking to register their machines for display will be able to do so between 8-10 a.m. The sleds will then remain on site for spectators to view until at least 3 p.m., which is when the show trophies will be presented.
The event has traditionally featured two classes – one for the antique snowmobiles, made in 1968 or earlier, and one for the vintage machines, 1969-1980. But this year, a new category has been added and participants can showcase their classic sleds, which are those dated between 1981-1999.
Event coordinator Greg Eno, Hale, shared that many people in the snowmobiling circuit have long enjoyed the vintage and antique models. There has been an increasing interest in classic machines now also, as a way to keep the younger generation involved.
Eno says the idea of introducing the classic category in 2021 is to not only help maintain such shows and events, but to actually increase participation and promote the growth of these kinds of activities.
There are 17 different trophies that registrants will have a shot at claiming, including for first and second place antique and vintage snowmobiles; best rear engine sled; best display; best race sled; show favorite; and the Tamra Edgerton Memorial Trophy, which is given out each year to the owner of the oldest sled.
Trophies will also be awarded to those who take part in the Kitty Kat Race, which is open to children age 9 and younger, and will kick off at about 1 p.m. Helmets and sleds will be provided, with the prizes to be presented at 2 p.m.
As with these other free activities during the occasion, there will be no charge to those who enter an item into the swap meet. For this, attendees may trade or sell snowmobiles, machine parts and other such items.
The show is typically held at American Legion Post 422 of Hale, with the parking lot utilized to display the sleds, and the interior of the venue also being open to guests. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the building is unavailable this time around.
So, Eno is hosting the outdoor event at his property in Hale, located at 1369 E. County Line Rd.
He has been in communication with Health Department representatives, who have encouraged guests to practice social distancing and adhere to other such COVID-19 protocols during the show.
Portable restrooms will be available to event goers, and Eno notes that the outside occasion will feature a bonfire and food trucks.
As previously reported, the show had its record-breaking run in 2019, with 150 snowmobiles on display. The 2020 count wasn’t too far off, with a reported 125 machines exhibited last year.
Eno shared that he expects another successful turnout in 2021. As of press time, participants were confirmed throughout the state, hailing from Detroit to as far north as the Rapid River area in the Upper Peninsula.
He adds that he has been receiving positive feedback from the network of people he knows in the snowmobiling world, about the upcoming event in Hale. He says that with so many other types of events having been postponed or cancelled this season, there are a lot of people who are excited and anxious to show off their sleds.
This year’s Hale Antique, Vintage and Classic Snowmobile Show and Swap is again being sponsored by Wilson & Sons Septic Cleaning, and Wilson Trucking & Excavating.
For additional details on the event, Eno may be contacted at 387-4499.