Snowmobilers leave Harbor Springs up Hoyt hill last Saturday, Jan. 18, at the start of the 49th annual Moose Jaw Safari. (Photo by Mark Flemming)
The 49th annual Moose Jaw Snowmobile Ride took place Saturday, January 18 with perfect conditions. Over 100 sleds, including 75 antique sleds, left the parking lot of the Harbor Springs Skate park Saturday morning led by Rick Curnow. Participation numbers hit 454 at the main registration booth, but Harbor Springs Snowmobile Club President Joe Kuchnicki believed over 500 showed up for the event and the famous 'bean soup.'
"I've had a lot of compliments already," said Kuchnicki. "Everybody was super happy with the bean soup, which they always are thanks to our head cook Tom Beck and the rest of the soup crew including: Gary Brainerd including: Ron Ira, John Peterson, Paul Kloss, Dave Price, Pat Springate, Don Cheshire, Mike Bigelow, John Tallon, Tim Parsons, Dick Schlappi, John Cupps Sr., Evan Price, Tom Hoffman, Sam Gokee, and Ralph Richardson.
Volunteers started preparing for the event last Thursday and were at it through saturday afternoon/evening.
"We couldn't have such a great event without our crews," said Kuchnicki. "Special thanks to Pat Springate, Dave Price and for all prep work done outside and on the trail and to Paul Kloss for helping them with set up."
" Trails were perfect! Our small group of volunteer operators have kept trails at best all season," said Kuchnicki.
Trail grooming volunteers include Chris Kline from Cheboygan, Evan Price from Pellston, Rick and Corey Geiger from Brutus, Barney West from Indian River, Evan Hales from Cheboygan, Scott Smith from Harbor Springs, Vice President Michael Becker from Alanson, and President Joe Kuchnicki from Brutus.