Fredenburg Township, MN (NNCNOW.com)
On the last Saturday of the last fifteen Februaries, all snowmobile trails seem to lead to Fish Lake in Fredenburg Township.
Antique and vintage sleds gather to take part in the Fish Lake Challenge organized by brake repairman and hardcore sled head Steve Wick.
This year, unlike last, cooperated with plenty of snow and machine friendly temperatures.
"You couldn't ask for a better day. This is way better than last year and better than most years. Couldn't ask for a better day." said Jared Solem.
Jared Solem turned up on a 74 Boa Ski.
It was one of hundreds of 25 years or older machines ridden by thousands of people.
Drag racer Kyle Smalley, though, made the scene on something slightly different; a rat rod car built from several beaters.
"Built it out of trash. It's four wheel drive with four sprint car tires and it flies as long as you stay on the gas pedal." said Smalley.
Race fans may remember that Smalley almost died from Lyme Disease a few years ago.
This half hot rod, half snowmobile is part of his therapy to get back into life.
The Fish Lake Challenge also helps breath life into a few of Fredenburg Township's businesses like the Eagle's Nest, the Blue Max and the Minnowette.
It also helps the pocketbooks of people who sell parts for the old machines like Dean Klumb who runs a place called "The Place" near Barnum.
But, the main reason for the vintage sled run is plain, simple fun.
"Lots of fun! Everybody who gets together, there's always a smile on their face." said organizer Steve Wick.
On Fish Lake, Dave Anderson, KBJR 6 and Range 11.
Steve Wick promises another Fish Lake Challenge next year and is also working on plans for a second vintage snowmobile run in a different location in the future.