Set for July 29-30 in Thief River Falls, MN, Arctic Cat’s 50th Year Anniversary Celebration will be two days full of activities and everything Arctic Cat.
Here are details for the two-day event.
Friday July 29
Factory Tours 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (full production operation)
Fairgrounds/arenas open 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Vintage displays in arenas 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
ATV demos 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fashion/clothing show featuring vintage to current Arctic Cat garments at 4 p.m.
Kick-Off ceremony starting at 5 p.m. on the fairgrounds.
Americana local legends band, “The WoodPicks” and local favorites country rock band “Eagle Creek” 8 p.m.-11 p.m.
Saturday July 30
Factory Tours 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (no production operation)
Swap meet 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Farmers market 8 a.m.-noon
City of TRF ATV ride 10 a.m.-noon
Fairgrounds/arenas open 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Vintage displays in arenas 11a.m.-9 p.m.
Team Arctic racer get-together 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
“Eagle Creek Band” 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Country recording band “Restless Heart” at 9:30 p.m.
Arctic Cat Fireworks Display 11 p.m.
Arctic Cat Factory Tours – For 50 years Arctic Cat has been a potent source of ideas that originated from the many talented, passionate people who have filled the factory walls in Thief River Falls. Walk the same yellow lines they have on an in-depth tour of the world’s best power sport manufacturer. Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, 9a.m.-3 p.m.
Lodging – Go to VisitTRF.org for hotel and lodging information. (http://www.visittrf.org/bm/Eat_Sleep_Do/Lodging/index.shtml)
Camping – Several options are available if you would like to camp while attending the Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary. Camping will be available on the 50th Anniversary Celebration grounds on a first come first served basis. Camping is also available at the following locations:
City Campground (Full hook-ups) 1-mile south
Petro Pumper campground (218) 681-3546 (Full Hook-ups) 1 mile west
St. Hilaire campground (Hook ups 7 miles south)
Voyageur’s View Campground & Tubing (16 miles south)
Fairgrounds (limited hook-ups) On site, limited spaces
City ATV Tour – Join tour guide and ATV enthusiast Phil Morud and fellow riders plus the mayor of Thief River Falls on a tour of Thief River Falls via ATV. City use ATV permits will be available on site and the tour run Saturday 10 a.m.-Noon. So bring your ATV and experience Thief River Falls the Arctic Cat way. The ride begins in front of the Ralph Engelsatd arena at 9:30 a.m.
Vintage Show – The world’s foremost Arctic Cat collections will be on display at the REA arenas complex located on the Pennington County Fairgrounds. Display will be open Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. All years of Arctic Cat products are invited to display. There is no registration fee and no judging. If you are interested in participating in the show contact Joel Hallstrom firstname.lastname@example.org.
50th Anniversary Store – To celebrate 50 years of kicking butt and looking good in ArcticWear, Arctic Cat will be rolling out several limited edition items that may not be available after the event, so don’t wait. For starters, purchase the all-new 50th Collector’s Edition book highlighting 50 years of the brands most significant vehicles, legends, heroes and inter-mixed with some of Arctic Cats most memorable advertisements. Don’t forget your ArcticWear. Visit the Curling Club building Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Swap Meet – The early bird gets the worm … or the Cat. Make sure to hit the aisles of the Arctic Cat-only swap meet Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. for the Arctic Cat treasure you’ve been looking for. If you are interested in selling any of old Arctic Cat parts, clothing, sleds or memorabilia, this is the time and place. Contact VCSA.com. There is a sellers fee collected at the gate for all sellers only but there is free admission to buyers.
Team Arctic – Mingle with Team Arctic racers like Roger Janssen, Davey Thompson, Jim Dimmerman, Brian Nelson, Chester Boman, Kirk Hibbert, Brad Pake, Brian Sturgeon, PJ Wandershied and Tucker Hibbert and many more from the present and past who will gather in the race area to visit and sign autographs. Get your copy of the 50th Anniversary Race Poster and meet the Team Arctic racing legends. Team Arctic “Meet and Greet” will be Saturday 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.
The Bass Pro/Arctic Cat No 1 Jamie McMurray Sprint Cup NASCAR will also be there, plus the 2009 pole position Knoxville National Danny Lasoski sprint car along with Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart sprint cars.
ATV Demos – Check out the latest ATVs and Prowlers from Arctic Cat. Take a ride and experience Arctic Cat’s power, ride technology and traction. Please remember, no alcohol may be consumed prior to the demo ride. Demo rides will be available Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. The local ATV club will be assisting in the demo rides.
Kids PlayLand – There will activities for all ages. The Kids playland will have a full assortment of play areas, bounce castles and games. The Thief River Falls High School Concert Club will supervise the playland to ensure everyone has a great, but safe time. PlayLand will be open Friday 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Food – Local vendors will be on-site selling their food favorites. The popular 4H food stand, the
local Knights of Columbus Walleye fish stand (a Northern Minnesota favorite), the one and only “Off Da Taco’s” as well as many other carnival food favorites will be there.
Beer Garden – The beer garden is sponsored and operated by the local snowmobile clubs and ATV Clubs.