Groom to Ride (formerly Ride with Pride), a major fundraiser for local snowmobile clubs, has been launched this week across the North Woods.

The fundraising event is cosponsored by three area snowmobile clubs — Sno-Eagles of Eagle River, Sno-Buddies of Conover, and Northern Lights Snowmobile Club of Three Lakes. 

Track Side of Eagle River has donated a 2020 Ski-Doo MXZ 600ES snowmobile or a 2020 Can-AM Outlander 570 ATV as the grand prize in the raffle. 

Second prize is World Championship Snowmobile Derby tickets for four reserved indoor Hot Seats, including admission and parking, donated by Russ Davis and the owners of the World Championship Derby Complex. 

Third prize is a guided fishing package for two including one day of fishing donated by Jason Pertile’s Up North Guide Service, a two-night stay at the Northernaire Resort in Three Lakes donated by the Northernaire Resort Condo Association and dinner for two at Aromas Italian Restaurant donated by Bill and Karen Hren. 

Fourth prize is a Weatherby .30-06 rifle or a Winchester 12-gauge shotgun.

Raffle tickets are $5 each or three for $10 and will be available at local restaurants, bars, resorts, marinas, businesses and at the World Snowmobile Headquarters. The drawing will be held at Track Side in Eagle River on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at noon. The winner need not be present. 

“Having well-maintained snowmobile trails is critical to the local economy. Not all snowmobile trails receive state funding and state funds do not cover all the costs of maintaining the funded trails,” said a spokesperson for the raffle. “The clubs will use funds raised to help maintain area snowmobile trails in world class condition.”

Trail officials said the fundraising event would not be possible without the support from Track Side, the World Championship Derby Complex, Jason Pertile’s Up North Guide Service, Northernaire Resort and Condo Association, Aromas Italian Restaurant and local businesses that are promoting and selling the raffle tickets.

“Their support demonstrates their commitment to the Eagle River community,” said the spokesperson.