Snowmobile Grass Drags

Every August Snowmobile fanatics show up for the annual Outlaw Grass Drags in Princeton, MN. The best way to describe the experience would be a fair full of snowmobile enthusiasts. The property is full of RVers who are camping out for the weekend. They have a live band to entertain along with sharing snowmobile stories.

There is a massive swamp meet area to buy/trade parts of custom and older sleds. One of my dad’s co-workers bought some old snowmobile skis after negotiating the price. He collects and rebuilds old Ski-Doo snowmobiles.

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They dolly the sleds to the starting line. Snowmobiles are liquid cooled, the liquid is cooled by snow kicking up under the seat from the track. With no snow, there is no cooling so the sleds shouldn’t be ran very long.

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I’ve had a lot of conversations about snowmobiling with people who’ve never had an opportunity to be exposed to the sport. I’ve often heard people be surprised when they hear how quick these sleds are. They are extremely powerful machines. The grass drags are 500 feet and these sleds hit speeds around 125 mph!

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I found it funny to watch this guy race a snowmobile with a cut off shirt.

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A plane flew by marketing a big sign reminding people of Haydays coming up the following week. DSC_0262

And of course what would be a race without fans. DSC_0108 DSC_0279

photo 2Check out this assortment of fair food. Whatever your taste, they have something for you!

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Yep, I could see myself on this sled!photo 3 (8)

Notice there was not a single car in view, you would think it was a truck’s only event haha.

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I’m particular towards Arctic Cat and it was great to see the dealers at the event. I remember when the grass drags first started, in fact over 15 years ago I helped out one of the local snowmobile clubs in running the event. I was impressed with how much it’s grown, they even had to change locations to facilitate the rapid growth. photo 4 (9)

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