The Sayner-Star Lake Barnstormers Snowmobile Club was named the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (ACSA) Club of the Year at the 51st International Snowmobile Congress in June.

The Barnstormers club was started in 1967 when a few snowmobilers gathered in Henry Sayner’s barn, where the name was easily established.

The club groomed, and has continued to groom the first funded trail in Vilas County. Members currently keep about 80 miles of trails in the Sayner area rideable.

Sayner is known as the birthplace of the snowmobile, with Carl Eliason designing his “Motor Toboggan” in the town in 1924.

With almost 300 members, the club is very active in the area. It holds five fundraisers each year and also partners with the Sayner Chamber of Commerce for the annual Street Fair. They are also supportive of local events and charities including fireworks, food pantries and Soldiers on Sleds.

Grooming and safety education are two main areas of focus for the Barnstormers. It has a group of dedicated groomers that maintain and groom seven days a week if necessary. Traffic on the trails can be heavy, sometimes hosting more than 1,000 sleds on a single weekend. The groomers, both male and female, range from being new groomers to those with more than 40 years experience. The club also encourages attendance at safety certification classes for members, as well as regularly attends signage and safety meetings.

“The Sayner Barnstormers are a solid player in the grooming of trails in Vilas County,” said Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs (AWSC) President Dave Newman. “The Barnstormers are members of the AWSC and have been very supportive of our efforts, including legislative efforts in Madison. The Barnstormers were also chosen by the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame to be the 2019 International Snowmobile Club of the Year.”

The ACSA provides national leadership and coordination to advance the efforts of all organizations who promote responsible snowmobiling across the United States.