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ISSA Plans Snow Show Oct. 24-25 in Dubuque
This October, building off the success of last season’s event, the ISSA is hosting another Snow
Show at the Grand River Center in Dubuque. 2014 Convention Committee Chair Andrea Willey is
spearheading the second annual event and hopes to create a tri-state tradition for years to come.
"After the success of our inaugural event last fall, we wanted to continue having a Snow Show each
year to help promote the sport of snowmobiling in Iowa," she said. "We found that Dubuque was a
great area and could draw people from Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin."
The two-day affair is slated toward the end of October. Doors open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24,
and close at 6 p.m. On Sunday, Oct. 25, the snow show runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission is $5
per person, and kids 12 and under are free to attend.
Vendor space is filling up fast. Booths costs $75 per 10-foot square spot. Reserve a spot today by
filling out the snow show registration form. For more information on the event, contact Willey at (563)
920-4398 or email@example.com.
"With a wide variety of vendors this year, we are able to offer something for everyone from gear to
club information to snowmobiles, trailers and groomers as well as vacation spots," Willey said. "We
hope to increase the crowd from last year and recruit additional vendors in the hopes of growing the
sport in not only Iowa but elsewhere as well."
Annual ISSA Convention Set for Storm Lake Nov. 20-22
ISSA members are invited to the western part of the state to attend the 42nd Annual ISSA
Convention. Clubs in Region 1 will be hosting the annual gathering at King’s Pointe Resort in Storm
Lake Nov. 20-22. Convention agenda and registration forms are included the October 2015 issue of the
Iowa Snowmobiler magazine.
Featuring an indoor waterpark, the convention center last hosted the event in 2010, and 2015
Convention Committee Chair and current ISSA President Merv Hoermann is looking to offer similar
events this year which made the previous convention there a success.
In addition to the usual business meetings, seminars, training sessions and awards banquet, the
planning committee is offering free waterpark passes with paid hotel reservations as well as
sponsoring downtown events to create a "hometown atmosphere" and offer entertainment for the entire
"One thing we noticed the last time we had it here is we saw more families coming with their kids,"
Hoermann noted. "There have been times at our conventions when there’s nothing for the younger
generation to do. Then pretty soon the kids stay home. Then if there’s nothing for the spouses to do, the
moms stay home. And if they don’t come, eventually dad doesn’t either. By offering something for
everyone, we are hoping to avoid this domino effect with attendance."
To reserve a room at the hotel, contact the resort at (866) 552-5960. Different price points are
available and be sure to ask for the ISSA convention rate. Waterpark passes are included in the room
rate, and if they are not used, ISSA members are being asked to donate them back so they can be
handed out to local youth groups at the end of convention weekend.
Pair of Central Iowa Grass Drags Events Slated this Fall
A pair of central Iowa snowmobile clubs are hosting their annual grass drags this fall.
The first event is hosted by the Central Iowa Snowmobilers of Region 8 on Sunday, Oct. 25, at the
Central Iowa Fairgrounds in Marshalltown. Registration runs from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. with racing starting
promptly at 11 a.m.
According to club secretary Angie Bessman, this year’s grass drags will have trophy and payback
classes, vintage racing, radar runs and 120 and mini classes for the youth. New to the event this year is
ATV drag racing.
The fairgrounds are located at 1308 East Olive Street. Near the track will be a free swap meet, and
concessions will also be available on site. The club is planning a 50/50 cash drawing as well. For
more information, contact Blake at (641) 485-3161 or Scott at (641) 751-7150.
The second grass drag event reported to the ISSA is the Capital City Shootout, hosted by the
Saylorville Dam Snowmobile Club of Region 7. Their races are planned for Saturday, Nov. 7, at Todd’s
Airfield in Ankeny (Exit 94 off I-35 at 2747 NE 110th Street).
Registration for this event is from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Radar runs begin at 9 a.m. with racing starting at
10 a.m. Classes include non-studded stock, trail performance, improved stock and studded trail stock.
120 races are returning this year, and expected to be on hand for the event is club member Aaron
Casler with his world record lake racer sled, Black Mamba. Also planning to attend is the Iowa State
University Clean Snowmobile Challenge team.
Grounds admission and pit passes are $5. The initial entry fee is $20 with $10 for each additional
class. Proceeds will benefit the Spina Bifida Association of Iowa. For more information, contact club
president Craig Krapfl at (515) 707-7237
Avalanche Awareness Seminars Coming to Iowa this Preseason
Avalanche expert Mike Duffy of Eagle, Colo., will return to Iowa this fall to lead a series of avalanche
awareness seminars to interested mountain riders.
The first class will be held Saturday, Oct. 17, at Maverick Powersports in Independence. This four-
hour class will teach snowmobilers how to identify risks, how to increase their awareness and how to
rescue a fellow snowmobiler trapped in the snow.
“Our classes are taught from a snowmobiler’s perspective,” Duffy said. “You will learn techniques
that work for snowmobilers by an avalanche instructor who has 20 years of mountain riding experience.
You will learn how to avoid getting caught in avalanche situations that are inherent to snowmobiling.”
The course at Independence starts at 10 a.m. and costs $49. To sign up, contact Paul at (319) 334-
4570 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants are encouraged to attend with their riding partners
and bring their beacons along.
The remaining four sessions in Iowa are on the new advanced course on “Avalanche Rescue
Skills.” The first one is Thursday, Nov. 19, at 6 p.m. at Sioux City Yamaha/Can-Am followed by Friday,
Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. at House of Sports in Mason City. Both of these classes are sponsored by BRP and
free to attend.
Those two sessions are followed by another on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 6 p.m. at McGrath Powersports
in Cedar Rapids. There is a $49 registration fee for this session. The last class currently scheduled in
Iowa is at Lake Mills Motorsports 2 in Algona on Thursday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. This event is sponsored by
the dealer and free to attend.
For more information on Duffy or any of his avalanche awareness classes, visit his website at www.
Participate in SBAI Walk-N-Roll Oct. 17
The ISSA will once again be participating in the Spina Bifida Association’s (SBAI) Walk-N-Roll
Saturday, Oct. 17, at Principal Park in Des Moines. The event starts at 9 a.m. and ends around noon.
Staffing a booth along the path, the ISSA encourages snowmobile club members to participate in the
mile-long walk. Spina Bifida is the official charity of the ISSA.
“This is a great opportunity for us to get involved with the folks from Spina Bifida,” explained Past
ISSA President Bruno Andreini, who serves on the SBAI board. “They always speak highly of our group.
We all need to join in on this. It is a great event.”
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