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Contact: Ed Klim Phone: (517) 339-7788 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

New Campaign to Celebrate Snowmobiling

HASLETT, MI, May 31, 2019: The snowmobile manufacturers are collectively organizing and supporting a new, North American “International Snowmobile Celebration” Dealer event, happening on October 25-27, 2019.  The dealer-focused event will celebrate the snowmobiling community and prepare for the upcoming season. All snowmobile dealers, local clubs, and Associations/Federations across the United States and Canada are invited to participate in the event.

The Celebration is being patterned after the successful “Snöskoters Dag” (Snowmobile Day)

which has been held in Sweden for 40 years.  The event in Sweden started in the 1970s and expanded rapidly through the 1980s as snowmobiling in Sweden expanded.  The success of the event is traced to creating a fun family weekend, with involvement from dealers, clubs, associations, media and other industry stakeholders.

Snowmobile dealers can use the time to begin the selling season with special offerings of products, parts, garments, and accessories.   “Show and shine” events featuring vintage and custom snowmobiles, towing and groomer vehicles are encouraged.  Safety training events, maintenance and winter check-up events for snowmobiles and trailers are another avenue for dealers to explore.  

“International Snowmobile Celebration” is a fun, family festival type event, where Barbecue, some refreshments, music and an “open house” mentality will get snowmobilers prepared for the upcoming season!  Dealers will be contacted throughout the summer encouraging them to participate in the October 25-27, 2019 celebration.  Manufacturers are supporting by offering co-op dollars for dealers who host.

Snowmobile clubs are encouraged to participate with their local dealerships in the activities and participate where possible like: serving food, coordinating special events, conducting safety classes, while the event offers an opportunity for membership and volunteer recruitment.

Snowmobile dealerships will be encouraged to contact local Chambers of Commerce, Visitors and Convention Bureaus, and regional media to support and help with the event. 

Snowmobiling is a major part of the Winter Tourism economic engine across the North American snowbelt.  The “International Snowmobile Celebration” is a perfect opportunity to bring enthusiasts together in kicking off the season and enjoying the snowmobile family lifestyle.

This October let’s celebrate the “International Snowmobile Celebration” event as one big family.  Manufacturers, dealers, associations and clubs embracing the opportunity to work together and celebrate snowmobiling in preparation for another great winter snowmobiling season.

More information is available on www.snowmobile.org and www.gosnowmobiling.org .

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OSSA’s 47th Convention Report

January 15-20, 2019

Hosted by Diamond Lake Resort

The 47th Annual OSSA snowmobile convention hosted by Diamond Lake Resort in January was a huge success with fun in the snow and something for everyone.  OSSA would like to thank Diamond Lake, the manufacturers, all the vendors as well as all our members who supported us by participating in this event.  You are what makes OSSA a successful organization.

There were rides and snow – more rides and more snow – and fun for everyone.  We had snow cat demos with the opportunity to talk to the manufacturers.  Socializing every evening and a meet and greet pizza Friday night topped off by a delicious banquet Saturday evening.

The OSSA board meeting was Friday afternoon.  Dennis Jordan was elected OSSA president and Nate Pattee was elected Vice President.  Dobe Griffin, District 5 and Denny Farwell, District 7 & 8, were reelected to their positions as Directors at Large.  Directors at Large are the grooming supervisors for their respective districts.  All terms of office commence at the April board meeting.

Our general membership meeting Saturday morning included introductions and a Q & A with representative law enforcement officers from our participating county Sheriff’s departments as well as a surprise visit from Congressman Greg Walden who made the effort to stop at Diamond Lake to visit with us on a snowy Saturday on his way from Klamath Falls to Bend.  Thank you, Congressman Walden.  Thank you as well to our snow patrol deputies who made the effort to be with us on Saturday.  Your presence on the snow makes a difference.

Elected at the general membership meeting were Rick Bice for District 4 Director and Leonard (Buckshot) Carter for District 8 Director.  District Directors assist clubs with membership and help as coordinators with club activities.

Our guest speaker Saturday evening was State Senator Dallas Heard from Senate District 1.  This delightful young man impressed us all with his enthusiasm and insight.  Snowmobiler of the Year went to Randy Bolin, Mt Hood Snowmobile Club.  Randy lost his leg last year in a snowmobile accident.  The way Randy gets around is amazing….and yes, he is still snowmobiling.  Dealer of the Year went to Mt Hood Polaris and the John Gardner Family.  Winter Recreationist of the Year is Jim Thornton, Recreation Specialist Mt Hood National Forest.  Special Recognition Award was given to Jack Mattos, Diamond Lake, for his 40+ years of service as a safety instructor certifying young and old for safe snowmobiling.

The site of next year’s convention will be determined at the OSSA board meeting in April.Edit