LONGVILLE, Minn. – Levi LaVallee is making plans to help the Sno Barons snowmobile club celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hay Days in a very big way. With a long list of action sport accomplishments to his credit, including the world record snowmobile distance jump of 412 feet, Levi will break out the ramps and launch the Hay Days celebration (and himself) with a 200-foot-plus ramp-to-ramp distance jump on Sept. 10 in North Branch, Minn.
“Hay Days is just an awesome event,” said LaVallee. “I’ve been going since I was a kid and to now be a part of the 50th celebration is really special.”
With humble beginnings as little more than a gathering of club members, Hay Days has grown to become the biggest snowmobile event in the world with more than 50,000 fans in attendance along with every major manufacturer, aftermarket company, dealer, and athlete. Today, Hay Days is the place to see and be seen for the entire snowmobile industry.
“Every year we try to add a new twist to the event,” said Meshell Gorsegner, spokeswoman for the Sno Barons. “This year we wanted to make sure the event was truly special and Levi is helping us do that. Everyone in the club has been working hard to make this year’s event the biggest and best yet, with special commemorative displays, events, and guests in attendance.”
Located 8 miles east of North Branch, Minn., Hay Days features something for everyone, including snowmobile grass drags, freestyle exhibitions, ATV and side-by-side races, the sport’s largest swap meet, more than 200 vendors, demo ride opportunities, raffles, vintage displays and so much more. Encompassing more than 180 acres, it has become the can’t-miss event for thousands of snowmobile enthusiasts from around the world.
Levi’s long-distance jump is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10, at 5:00 p.m., and it will take place at the east end of the snowmobile drag strip, adjacent to county road 70. With a metal takeoff ramp and a massive dirt constructed landing ramp, he is expected to soar well in excess of 200 feet. You can also catch the action on CBS Sports Network; check your local listings in September for the Terracross Championship, which will feature the jump.
For more information on Hay Days, including a schedule of events, admission fees and times, visit www.snobarons.com.