Great Southern Grass Drag National AKA Douglas

On September 23rd the Byron Snow Bears held their 23rd annual event at their Douglas location. This years event was blessed with warmest weather in our events history with temps in the mid 80's. Because of the awesome weather our attendance and swap suffered a bit but there was no doubt after talking to transport teams coordinator he claim they have never been busier.

Over at the grass drags Tony Kruger and his PSDR Team had over 180 entries to race on one of the best grass tracks with clay starting lines in the Mid West. Mandi Higgins raced her Yamaha to wins in Vintage B, C & D while Tina Badker rode her Yamaha's to wins in Vintage A, AA & Mod Stock 340 F/A. Shania Kirkof finished up with the Ladies domination on the grass in the Vintage Class' on her Polaris with wins Vintage Mod Stock 440 F/A, Vintage Mod Stock 340 & 440 Liquid and Vintage Pro Stock 340 F/A. Local racer Turner Childs had another great run with wins in Vintage Open Mod 500 & Classic Pro Stock 600.

At the Swap around 300 swappers were selling their goods with some having great success and some not so much success, just like any swap...prices and demand can make or break you.

Now on to the Sled Show we had 86 participants this year with James Krubsack of Prescott,Wi. taking home 4 Trophy Plaques including Best of Show along with the 1st Place in 1976 and Newer Race Class with his 1980 Arctic Cat Sno Pro and his 1977 Arctic Cat Z brought home the 1st Place Plaque in Original Race Class too. Local Oval Racer and Ski-doo Restoration legend Al Bruggenthies of Rochester added 4 new plaques to his collection winning 1st Place with his Restored Ski-doo K62 and also his Original 1972 Ski-doo Nordic brought Al the top award and topping it off his trophy run with a 1st with his Original 1978 Ski-doo Everest. Another multiple plaque winner was Jason Johnson, Belle Plaine,Mn. Jason took 4 Plaques home with a 1st Place with his Original 1975 Scorpion Stingerette in the Metal flake Class. Local collectors that took home 1st Place plaques were Gary Bromley from Mantorville,Mn. took a plaque home for his 1975 Rupp Nitro and Mitch Miller also from Mantorville showed off his 1970 Wheel Horse Custom to take home the top plaque in the Custom Class and Mark Shafer, Rochester,Mn. won the 1975 and Older Race Class with his 1973 Polaris 340 Starfire. 1st Place Plaques were awarded to Allen and Dave Emme who made the drive down from Glencoe,Mn., Allen picked up the top award for his 1968 Arctic Cat Panther while Dave got an 1st Place plaque for his 1971 Yardman. Other 1st Place Plaque winners were Trent Messner from Henderson,Mn. with his 1976 Moto-ski Sonic and Brad Gomer of Bryant,SD. with his 1979 Polaris TXL also made the long drive to Douglas but the ride home was made easier with both heading West with top awards. Clint Matzke of Lewiston,Mn. took 1st with his 1983 John Deere L/F while Springville,Ia.'s Dennis Neilson brought a 1982 Ski-doo MX North and took the 1st Place Plaque. Another 1st Place Plaque went to Lance Miketey from Fairfax,Mn with his 1986 Polaris Indy 600 LE. Then Gene Anderson of Clear Water,Mn. took 1st with his 1974 Raider Eagle and Kyle Baynes, Elko,Mn. brought home the President Choice Award with his 1978 Ski-doo Super Mod an original Chuck Decker tribute sled. So to sum it all up... what an awesome day of Swapping, Grass Drags & Vintage Snowmobiles, the funds raised by our club are used maintain our Groomer and trails between Pine Island,Mn. to Stewartville,Mn.

Tom Anderson
Vintage Guy for the Byron Snow Bears

Great Southern Grass Drag Nationals Swap Meet & Vintage Show

The Byron Snow Bears Snowmobile Club is proud to announce that on Sept.23rd 2017 they will be running their 23rd annual event at their famous Douglas location. Douglas is the largest 1 day event in the Mid West with attraction from a huge swap meet & a Vintage Snowmobile Show with 20 Class'/35 Trophy plaques. Also Tony Kruger will bring his PSDR team back to Douglas to run Grass Drags on one of the best grass tracks in the MidWest with a Clay starting line.

Saturday Sept.23rd 2017 our gates open at 7am fee is $15 kids 10 & younger free.


Vintage show info contact: Tom A. at
General info call: 618-401-6149 or 507-269-2998
Race Promoter Tony Kruger: or 507-461-0177

Vintage Show is a no fee show plus you get VIP parking, an event Dash Plaque & a chance to win 1 or more of the 35 Trophy Plaques

Show class

1967 & Older 1st/2nd
1968-70 1st/2nd Original: 1st/2nd Restored
1971-73 1st/2nd Orig.: 1st/2nd Rest.
1974-76 1st/2nd Orig.: 1st/2nd Rest.
1977-79 1st/2nd Orig.:1st/2nd Rest.
1980-83 1st/2nd Orig.: 1st/2nd Rest.
1984-95 1st/2nd
Race Class Original 1st/2nd
Race Class 1975 Older 1st/2nd
Race Class 1976 & Newer 1st/2nd
Custom Class 1st/2nd
Metal-flake Hood Class 1st/2nd
Mini Class 1st
Cutter Class 1st
Rat Class 1st
Presidents Choice 1st
Best of Show 1st

We hope to see you there!

Vintage Show Newsletter

Tom Anderson

Contact at:

The Byron Snow Bears held their 22nd Annual Great Southern Grass Drag Nationals, Swap Meet & Vintage Sled Show Saturday Sept.24th 2016 at their Douglas location that is 5 miles NW of Rochester, MN. For those of you that have been at Douglas in the past 21 years are familiar with their 1 day Sunday event. You may think that an advertised Saturday event was a mistake... but it was true, The Snow Bears considered what the racers had to say about racing Saturday vs. Sunday, it came down to the racers getting a chance to relaxing after the day of racing vs. getting done at the track then rushing home so they can make it to work on Monday morning, with that said the event will be on Saturdays from this date forward.

Two days before the event we received enough rain to put the race track and swap area under water then with Cloudy skies with mid 60's temps for the next couple of days the Snow Bears event relied on Mother Nature's wind & field tile to dry up the event area.
Friday some local collectors started dropping off their trailers along with Kent Rundquist on his Minneapolis Moline tractor with 2 trailer loads of sleds, Kent has been bringing his OMC's by tractor for 15 years. New for the show this year was a Rat Class & the "King of the Rats" Brian "Rampage" Montgomery from Las Vegas showed up with a 1928/1970 Ford- Johnson Super Rat that was a true RatSled. Also new for 2016 was a Metal Flake class that was won by Tom Steven from Northwood, IA. with his 71 Super Stinger. Carson Hienecke of Rome, WI. brought home 2 - 1st place plaques for his 1965 Arctic Cat 140D & his 1970 Rupp Magnum while Tom & Ronda Wentworth took home 2 plaques back to Kensett, IA., a 1st place with their 1973 Brut " Make a Wish " sled along with a 2nd place in the Metal Flake Class. The Vintage Show was lucky enough to get a visit from a couple of Minnesota Viking Cheerleaders who showed up for a picture shoot with Tom & Ronda's Viking Vigilante, knowing Tom that meant more to him than any trophy. 3 Lake City, Mn vintage sled head's took home 8 trophy plaque's led by Dan Diggins who brought 7 sleds this year & took home 5 Trophy Plaque's, while Brandon Herzig brought home 2 Plaque's & Samantha Henning topped off the run taking 1 Plaque back to Lake City. Brandon's 71 Polaris TX has the best snowmobile accessory...a rear mounted cooler filled with Schmidt Beer scenic cans. Maurice & Renae Behling from Menomonie, WI. were first time show participants and took home 2 plaques home including a 1st place in the Custom/Clone Class with their 73 Polaris 340 Offset. Other 1st place winner were Chuck Vancanneyt from Zumbrota, MN. with his 67 Yukon King, Chuck's Yukon King was awarded Best of Show at one of our earliest shows. Kevin Mehus made the drive from Winona, MN and brought home a 1st Place Plaque for his Original 71 Viking Vigilante & Brian Bronner from Owatonna, MN won his class with his restored 76 Polaris TX. Mark Kickoff from Brooten, MN. won his class with his 75 Scorpion Super Stinger and James Krubsack a first time participant from Prescott, WI brought his 77 Arctic Cat Z to the show & brought home the plaque with his 76 AC Sno Pro. James was kind enough to let my 3 years old grandson sit on his Z for a picture shoot, Lucas looks like a natural. Chad Meyer was happy he made the drive up from Dorchester, IA., he went home with a 1st place plaque and Best of Show with his 73 Polaris Starfire. Locals that took awards were Mitch Miller from Manorville, MN., Mitch took home 2 Plaque's for his Alsport in the Twin Track Class and Custom/Clone Class & another Manorville native Gary Bromley won the Presidents Choice Award with his Scorpion Bullwhip while Gaylen Figy from Douglas won the Classic Class with his 92 Yamaha Vmax 4. I'd like to thank my crew for another job done well...Thank You to my loving wife Jolene for her help with registration and my son Tom Anderson Jr, with Gary Bromley and Dylan Sinnwell for their muscle and ability to sep-up and rope off the show.

The move to Saturday wasn't the only big news for the Douglas event, our Race Promoter Perry Schluter from the NSRA retired from running races and the Snow Bears were lucky enough to have Tony Kruger and his crew from the PSDR take over the grass drags. Another change will be the introduction to vintage racing, Tony and crew have run numerous races in the past on ice and this will be his first shot on grass. Now here's a note about the event from Mr. Kruger “I would like to thank the Byron Snow Bears for all their hard work in getting this event pulled off this year. With Mother Nature dumping a bunch of rain on this site 48 hours before it was scheduled, it went very well. I also would like to thank Wade Schroeder, the race director from the Snow Bears. A great guy to work with, and took care of anything we needed. They even had to tow a few trucks and trailers out Sunday morning as another small shower came through and made it just muddy enough that trucks couldn't get out. A big thanks to the racers that came to the first PSDR event. I had a great time talking with many of you Friday night and Saturday. There were some nice payout received by many racers. Turner Childs had a fantastic day on his 81 E'ltigre 500 sled. He took home over $650.00 in winnings. It just so happened to be the very same sled his Dad built originally over 30 years ago. They were lucky enough to come across it while looking for a vintage sled to build for this grass season. The Rochester paper had a nice article printed in the News Paper about their story. I remember racing against that sled many years ago. Guess that makes me kind of old LOL. Another big shout out to our crew, Charlie & Bree Root, Mark Gruis, Steve Boyer, Wendy Kruger, Larry Spindler, Chad McCosky, Arica Gehloff, Sarah Kruger, Adam, & Chris Hanson.

Hope to see you all on the ice this winter! "

For those of you wonder what it takes to run an event like this the Snow Bears Club and members from other local clubs filling in 170 jobs & shifts. The Snow Bears would like to thank the students from Byron High School for a great job with the parking and we would like to thank the Stewartville Snowdrifters for the awesome job they do with trash pick-up. Other Clubs that helped were the Faribo Sno-Go Club, bassoon-Manorville Snowdrifters & the Zumbrota Covered Bridge Riders.

Tom Anderson with contributions from Tony Kruger and Larry Shepherd

#1 Brandon Herzig's Polaris
#2 Chad Meyer's Best of Show
#3 Lucas Anderson on James Krubsack's AC Sno Pro