Spectators get in free; things get started at 9 a.m. each day

    “I hope a lot of people come out to take it in, it’s going to be a pretty neat thing for Crookston.”

    Those were the words of At Large Crookston City Council Member Bobby Baird, who’s assisting KC Pro West Racing with their first visit to Crookston on their kid snowmobile racing circuit.

    The races will take place in Crookston’s Central Park on Saturday and Sunday, March 17-18.

    There is no admission for those who want to come out to check out the races.

    Hotlaps will start each day at 9 a.m., followed by a drivers’ meeting at 9:45 a.m. and flag-drop at 10 a.m.

    The weather looks favorable for outdoor activities in Crookston, with weekend highs in the mid-30s and a decent amount of sunshine.

    “I think it could be a big boost to the city,” Baird said. “It’s a two-day race, which is the kind of event people have been working for, because we should get some ‘heads-on-beds.’”

    As efforts to attract events to Crookston under the “sports tourism” umbrella have ramped up over the past year or so, the predominant goal has been to lure events that last more than one day, so participants and other attendees spend a night or two at a local hotel or motel.

    Sponsors include American Family Insurance, Don Boone Agency, Brault Construction, Crookston Firefighters, Crookston Area Chamber & Visitors Bureau, Crookston Eagles, Hair Connection, Kustom Kollision, L.W.I., Peterson Ag, Valley Spray Foam, Wagner Mobile Welding, and Ziegler.