August 20, 2019

St. Helen Snowpackers to host 17th annual Snow Run

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ST. HELEN — Prayers for good snow are going up for the St. Helen Snowpackers’ 17th annual Snow Run, but either way the event will proceed Feb. 9.

Weather permitting, the snowmobile ride will begin at the clubhouse at about 10 a.m., with ticket holders traveling 75 miles on a route marked with arrows, with checkpoints along the way, said club President Scott Nestle.

“We’re really hoping for snow,” he said. “After last week things were looking great; now we’re not sure what we’re going to get. Either way the show is going to happen and we hope we get a lot of people to attend.”

In case there isn’t snow, or if someone wants to participate without riding a snowmobile, all checkpoints are accessible by car.

At each checkpoint, riders can put their ticket numbers into a drum to be potentially drawn later in the day for a prize. At the third checkpoint lunch will be served.

The evening before, Nestle said a couple club members will lead a “mystery ride” starting at 6 p.m. Cider and doughnuts will also be served Friday at the clubhouse, where from 3-8 p.m. people can come buy tickets and see what the event is about.

Saturday until 5 p.m. a silent auction will be held, which is also open to the public. Nestle said the proceeds go toward the club’s general fund, to help it maintain its equipment for grooming the trails. The auction will include a wide variety of items from many businesses, including helmets, oil change certificates, powersport-related items, nail salon certificates and more. Gift certificates will also be given as door prizes.

Nestle said the club typically will pick up some new members as a result of the run.

“We have a nice group, though we can always use more people,” he said. “We get more accomplished with more people obviously.”

He said 12-15 people regularly tend to the trails, while others help when they can. Overall the club includes around 100 members, from not only Michigan but states such as Ohio and Indiana as well.

There are 250 tickets available to participate in the snow run for a cost of $20 each, which covers lunch. Tickets will be sold at the clubhouse, located at 520 N. St. Helen Rd., Friday from 3-8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon. Advance tickets are available at St. Helen area businesses.

Nestle said people should come out for a good time.

“It’s a fun ride, an enjoyable day,” he said.

For more information, call Nestle at 989-621-3124 or Chuck Parris at 248-766-9454.

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