Snodeo continues to grow
Weekend draws crowds to Bear Lake
By Holly Neumann
From a radar run, to kitty kat races, lake cross, snowmobiles, motor cycles, quads, ATVs and even lawn mowers races on the ice, the 11th annual Snodeo brought crowds to Bear Lake Resort Feb. 16-17.
“Snodeo is a great event,” said Dave Sarna. “I think it is fun for the racers, but even more fun for the spectators. All you have to turn around and see something going on. We have four race tracks running at the same time.”
Spectator Mark Johnson, of Nekoosa, was attending the show for the first time.
“Believe it or not I read about it on Facebook,” he said. “So I thought I would come and see what it’s all about. This is great. Next year I am coming back with my sled to participate.”
Paige Keck, 9, Neenah, was racing for the first time on a dirt bike.
“This is my first time here,” Paige said. “It’s a lot of fun. You can just go crazy and have a lot of fun with it.”
Paige is following in the footsteps of her father Luke, who also races.
“This is my first year here too,” Luke said.
He races on a 450 dirt bike and stated that he likes going fast and turning left.
“Last year I had a Sturgeon spearing tag for Lake Poygan, so that took precedence,” he said. “Another 10 years I will be back on Poygan, but until then I will be here.”
His advice, “Get out here and get on two wheels.”
Ron Lund has been coming to Snodeo for years.
“This is the first year I have actually raced here,” he said. “It’s all about the thrill and the excitement. You never know what is going to happen out there.”
Lund has raced for nearly 20 years.
“More people need to get involved,” he said. “Hop on a machine, get some seat time and get out here. You will love it.”
For Sarna, he would like to see the event grow even more.
“We started with one track and here we are today with four,” he said. “We have multiple organizations involved and we are now teaming up with Fire and Ice. There are big things in our future.”