Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary, Celebration

June 2011 Powersport News

Arctic Cat Factory Tours

Friday, July 29, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, July 30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.


For 50 years Arctic Cat has been a potent source of ideas that originated from the many talented, passionate people who have filled the factory walls in Thief River Falls. Walk the same yellow lines they have on an in-depth tour of the world's best powersport manufacturer.

Friday Kick-Off Events at Pennington County Fairgrounds

Start Arctic Cat's 50th Celebration on Friday, July 29 at the Pennington County Fairgrounds where the vintage and product displays will be open from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. in the REA and Huck Arenas; don't forget to take a demo ride on a 2012 Arctic Cat ATV or Prowler from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Get transported back in time with a special fashion show starting with mid 1960s Arctic Cat garments at 4 p.m. Cap off the day with a special 50th Souvenir from the Curling Club store location and then settle in for the official Kick-Off ceremony starting at 5 p.m. followed by a killer performance from Americana legends, The WoodPicks, followed by high-energy Eagle Creek at 8 p.m.-11 p.m. singing all your country, foot-stomping' favorites. All your favorite food and beverages will be available for purchase from a multitude of on-site vendors. All displays, concerts and parking are free of charge.


Saturday Pennington County Fairgrounds Main Events

The early bird gets the worm . or the Cat. Make sure to hit the aisles of the Arctic Cat-only Swap meet at 8 a.m.-4 p.m. for the Cat treasure you've been looking for; (There is a small sellers fee collected at the gate for sellers only) Free admission for buyers. Bring your ATV or Prowler and join tour guide and ATV enthusiast Phil Morud, plus the mayor, on a tour of beautiful Thief River Falls. City use permits will be on site and the tour runs Saturday 10 a.m. until noon. The ride will begin in front of the Ralph Engelstad Arena at 9:30 a.m.. Get your 50th Collector's Edition book autographed at the Racer Get-Together from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.. Take your kids to the PlayLand and let them bounce from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.. When the sun goes down, let loose with an encore performance from the Eagle Creek Band starting at 6 p.m.-9 p.m. followed by Nashville recording artists Restless Heart at 9:30 p.m. At 11 p.m. sharp, cap off the celebration with an Arctic Cat Fireworks Display. All your favorite food and beverages will be available for purchase from a multitude of on-site vendors. All displays, concerts and parking are free of charge.


Years of the Cat Vintage Displays

Friday, July 29, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Saturday, July 30, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.


The world's foremost Arctic Cat collections will be on display at the Ralph Engelstad and Huck  arenas located on the Pennington County Fairgrounds. Returning for the first time since they left the factory in the early 70s, you won't want to miss the awe-inspiring BossCat trio of record setting snowmobiles owned by the Warning family of New Lenox, IL. The most comprehensive collection of 70s-era race sleds will be on display from Minnesotan's Ische and Kuster, while Michigan collector, Jeff Johnson will have an impressive array of prestigious late model race sleds from legends like Kirk Hibbert. If ArcticWear interests you, make sure to check out the amazing ensemble of garments that span the mid 1960s through 1981 in the Kranz collection. See these and many more vintage collections both days. If you would like to display any Arctic Cat product regardless of year or condition, please contact Joey Hallstrom, All Arctic Cat machines are welcome there is no registration fee and no judging.


Race Hauler Displays

Friday, July 29, 11 a.m-9 p.m.

Saturday, July 30, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.


Not only will the world's greatest Team Arctic racers be on hand with their snowmobiles and autograph pens, their race haulers will also be on display. It's not often you get a firsthand look at the inside of a Team Arctic Factory hauler or Hibbert Racing's semi with several of Tucker and Kirk's championship winning sleds, technology and clothing on display. 4-time oval champion PJ Wanderscheid, Christian Brothers and Sportech Racing will also be on hand. Don't forget to check out the original race hauler that carried BossCat I around the country in the 1970s, owned by Tom Ische. Check out the Bass Pro/Arctic Cat #1 Sprint Cup NASCAR driven by Jamie McMurray, plus the 2009 pole position Knoxville National Danny Lasoski, Donny Schatz and Tony Stewart sprint cars.


50th Anniversary Collectibles Store Pennington County Fairgrounds Curling Club

Friday, July 29, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Saturday, July 30, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.


To celebrate 50 years of kicking butt and looking good in ArcticWear, Arctic Cat will be rolling out several limited edition items that may not be available after the event, so don't wait.  For starters, purchase the all-new 50th Collector's Edition book highlighting 50 years of the brands most significant vehicles, legends, heroes and inter-mixed with some of Arctic Cats most memorable advertisements. Don't forget your ArcticWear. Perhaps a 50th Anniversary leather jacket, sweatshirt, t-shirt, caps and much, much more.



Several options are available if you would like to camp while attending the Arctic Cat 50th Anniversary. Camping will be available on the 50th Anniversary Celebration grounds on a first come first served basis. Camping is also available at the following locations:

Thief River Falls City Campground (Full hook-ups), 1 mile South of Fairgrounds

Thief River Falls Petro Pumper Campground (Full Hook-ups), 1 mile West of Fairgrounds, (218) 681-3546

Thief River Falls Fairgrounds (Limited hook-ups)

St. Hilaire Campground (Full Hook-ups), 7 Miles South of Fairgrounds

Red Lake Falls Voyageur's View Campground & Tubing (Full Hook-ups), 16 miles South of Fairgrounds


Kids PlayLand

We have activities for all ages. The kid's playland will have a full assortment of play areas, bounce castles and games. The Thief River Falls High School Concert Club will supervise the playland to ensure everyone has a great, but safe time! PlayLand will be open Friday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday 11a.m.-6 p.m.

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