The International Snowmobile Hall of Fame (ISHOF), located at the World Snowmobile Headquarters in Eagle River, will host the 2021 induction ceremony this Saturday, Sept. 18, at Eagle Waters Resort in Eagle River.

A variety of snowmobile enthusiasts will be inducted this year, ranging from media persons, to club volunteers to snowmobile adventure riders.

The inductees include Henry and Peggy Hartman, of Hanover, Pa., who were the editors and publishers of the “Keystone Snowmobiler” for 30 years (1989-2019), a newspaper which served as the official publication of the Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association (PSSA). The Keystone Snowmobiler was the only known publication of its kind to be printed and mailed all 12 months of the year. 

Dave and Joann Smith, of Mosinee, are being inducted as volunteers and club organizers. The Smiths bought their first snowmobiles as soon as they moved to Wisconsin Rapids in 1977. Excited to experience Wisconsin winters, they searched for places to ride and meet people to ride with. A year had gone by before they learned of a local snowmobile club, the Kellner Knights. Dave and Joann have literally been and still are involved in every level of snowmobile organizations.

Inductees Jim Langley and Clark Dahlin, of Anoka/Cambridge, Minn., were explorers and adventurers. They achieved a monumental journey like no other by completing a transcontinental snowmobile expedition starting in Vancouver, British Columbia, and ending in Portland, Maine. This journey also deemed them the first to ever cross Michigan’s Mackinac Bridge on snowmobiles. 

Another pair of inductees, Charlie and Marilyn Vallier of Naubinway, Mich., also are explorers and adventurers. In 1971, Charlie talked his dad into starting a Viking dealership. His passion for snowmobiling was clearly contagious and Marilyn soon became acclimated to the sport as well. When Viking went out of business, they switched to a Scorpion dealership until Scorpion’s demise in the early 1980s. Charlie had gained a personal collection of over 200 sleds. This is where his dream of having his own museum began. Charlie and Marilyn first opened the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum on July 4, 2007.

The 2021 International Snowmobile Club of the Year, sponsored by Woody’s, goes to the Red Arrow Snowmobile-ATV Club in Townsend, located just over an hour southeast of Three Lakes on Highway 32.

The Red Arrow Snowmobile-ATV Club Inc. was established in 1969 and proudly gets its name from the historic U.S. Army 32nd Infantry Division made up of National Guardsmen from Wisconsin and Michigan who fought in World War II and Korea. The club has grown from about a dozen families in 1968 to over 414 family, individual and business booster memberships in 2020. Red Arrow grooms 65 miles of trails and is one of nine other clubs that make up the Oconto County Snowmobile and ATV Alliance that maintain a total 475 miles of snowmobile trails. 

Congratulations to all the 2021 inductees and be sure to see their plaques at the World Snowmobile Headquaters in Eagle River.