The Souris Snowmobile Club held a fundraising rally on the weekend.

About 125 people showed up to take part in a day on the club's groomed trails, beginning in Griffin.

It takes a lot money, and a lot of volunteers to maintain groomed trails for snowmobilers. "We've got a great big Bombardier BR 400 Snow Cat, It's exactly what they groom ski hills with." said Rick Hallberg, Vice President of the snowmobile club. "And then we've got a drag we pull behind it, makes a nice smooth trail to ride the sleds on. We just purchased a new drag last year, that was $23,000 I believe for the new drag."

Hallberg added that it costs $600 in fuel to complete a circuit with the grooming equipment.

souris snowmobile club snowcatEquipment used by Souris Snowmobile Club to groom trails.Efforts of clubs such as Souris are appreciated by sledding enthusiasts. "It's a lot of fun to go out and enjoy the outdoors, put on some miles, and see some different country." said Peter Thackery, who came in from Mainprize to take in the rally.

"Want to be careful and respect the landowners' land, took that's always an issue, too. We want to make sure nobody's damaging anything out there." Thackery added.

Brenda Borth of Griffin loves the sport, because it's something for her entire family. "It's a long course for them, and so we're just going to play it by ear, and see how far, and go from there, and have a good time. That's what we're all here for." she said with a smile.

But not everyone planned to stick to the trail. Some, like young Dylan Staple, were more into exploring the fields. "No, no groomed trails," he said. "Just want to go out and explore more."

While they don't have an estimate of how much money was raised, organizers deemed the day a success.





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