The weather is cold and snowy and the ice is hardening nicely – just in time for the annual Mayors Trail Ride.
The event is scheduled for Jan. 19 but it is weather and trail safety dependent.
Although there is still some open water on the Rum River, which snowmobilers will take from the Anoka County Fairgrounds to St. Francis, it is looking pretty good for the event, said Jim Way, trail boss for the event and Ramsey police chief.
With more cold weather and additional snow in the forecast, the trail should be in good shape, he said.
Last year’s event was canceled due to lack of snow.
This year the mayors from Andover, Anoka, Nowthen, Oak Grove, Ramsey and St. Francis will be participating.
It has been a long time since new Ramsey Mayor Sarah Strommen has been on a snowmobile.
“I am really excited,” she said.
“I am really looking forward to it.”
The Mayors Trail Ride is a great way to bring the communities together, Strommen said.
In the past, the event has been successful in raising funds and doing something great for the county, according to Strommen. It is really cool, Strommen said.
The pre-registration cost for riders is $10 per person before noon Jan. 18.
It will be $20 on the day of the event. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and children under 14 ride for free.
Once on the trail, riders are encouraged to stop in at participating businesses for specials and drawings.
Each business will provide stamp the event card, which is turned in for the drawings, including Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in St. Francis, Bill’s Superette in Nowthen, Oak Grove and Ramsey as well as Northwoods Bar and Grill in Nowthen.
Participants will be given a full list of participating businesses.
The prizes including a 50-inch Panasonic television and snowmobiling related items, said Way.
The drawings will take place at the Anoka County Fairgrounds at 3 p.m.
Riders can also grab a hot dog, beer and stop for the wine tasting after 3 p.m. at the fairgrounds.
Proceeds from the event benefit to Youth First Community of Promise, serving Anoka, Andover and Ramsey, and other non-profit groups as decided by each mayor.
In addition to the Mayors Trail Ride, the fairgrounds will be hosting the Blue Smoke Vintage Snowmobile Show and Swap, which starts at 10 a.m.
The event will feature vintage machines along with food booths, bonfires and a chance to ride the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’s snowmobile simulator.
The cost to register a vehicle is $5 per sled for the snowmobile show.
It is an additional $10 for entry into the swap meet.
All participants who pre-register by Jan. 12 are eligible to win prizes.
For more information on the Blue Smoke Snowmobile Show and Swap, call Chuck at 763-242-1497 or Paul at 763-442-8392. Questions can also be emailed to email@example.com.
Registrations for both events can be done through the Anoka Area Chamber of Commerce, www.anokaareachamber.com.
Tammy Sakry is at firstname.lastname@example.org