Planners prepare for SnowFest kick-off

REED CITY — Winter in the Osceola County part of the state is finally looking a bit like the winters of “back in the day.”

It’s cold, and it has been. There’s snow, and it has been around a while. The National Weather Service forecast for the coming week promises at least a hint of snow possible for every day. It may be a bit of a grind for some, but the weather outlook has produced some awfully big smiles on the faces of others. With snowy days likely around well into the weekend of Feb. 22, organizers of Reed City’s first Crossroads Snowmobile SnowFest are very, very happy. The inaugural SnowFest event was actually planned for last year. The weather in February 2012, however, disappointed. Celebrating a snowmobile event in the winter, everything obviously depends on snow. At the time, there was none. This year, things are looking different. The first Snowmobile SnowFest will be held one mile north of Reed City at the Nartron Air Field along old U.S. 131. There’s a lot planned, and organizers hope for a fine showing that will go a long way toward creating a return event that may become a signature ‘happening’ on the Reed City winter calendar. “The way things work out, this will be the first get-up-and-go SnowFest,” noted co-organizer Chuck Davis. “Much of our set-up is the same as we had planned for last year, but there aren’t as many by-invitation events scheduled. We had a hard time planning things when we couldn’t actually promise the event was going to take place. “Now the weather looks as though it is really going to cooperate. We’re expecting to have a great time.” Working with Mike Saez, the two have created a schedule of events that hopefully will offer a little something for just about everybody. “We’re just hoping a lot of people will come up to Reed City from throughout the area and around the state and have a good time with us,’ said Davis. “It should be a lot of fun. We expect to learn as we go along, and make each subsequent event bigger and better as we grow. The highlight of the day will be snowmobile drag races. Racing kicks off at 11 a.m. (Registration begins at 8 a.m.) There will be a 650 foot radar run, a youth radar run, ‘grudge match’ racing and much more. Also expected is a limited snowmobile orientated swap meet, concessions, and lots of snowmobile fun. There are two separate tracks set aside for race events. “We are very excited,” reported Davis. “We have the snow, and we are expecting a large turnout. Even if we did find ourselves in a situation in which we needed to add snow to the track for whatever reason, we have a huge stockpile set aside. “It’s winter in Michigan. Folks around here don’t want to stay in the house just because it’s snowing outside! We need to get out and have a good time.” Everything is all set and ready to go. “Now we just wait to see how the weather treats us,” said Davis with a smile. “We don’t anticipate any problems. Anyone having any questions can contact the Crossroads Snowmobile SnowFest organizers at 231 832-5622. “We hope to start holding this event annually on the same weekend each year,” said Davis. “We would like this to become a big thing for our community.”