Cuyuna Lakes Annual Ice Fishing Contest & Scorpion Homecoming 2019
February 2, 2019
2019 Event Flyer (3.25 MB PDF)
… where it’s not about the sleds, it’s about the people.
The Scorpion Stingerette is your 2019 Scorpion Homecoming feature sled!
The agenda and tone of the event is expected to be similar to prior years. For a recap of prior events, browse the Scorpion Homecoming launch page.
Scorpion Homecoming is a casual, free and fun event. Sled registration is completely complementary. No formal provisions are being made for swap or race activities. Attendees are however encouraged to support the sponsors by purchasing a raffle ticket (excellent prizes awarded - need not be present to win), patronizing the concessionaires and purchasing an official 2019 Homecoming button.
All Scorpions, as well as Scorpion-manufactured brands are welcome, including Trail-A-Sled, Sno-Ro, Sears, Sno-Craft, Brut and Massey-Ferguson.
Machines need not run to be displayed.
And don't forget to sport your Scorpion-themed apparel!
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WARM WEATHER AND STINGERETTES HEADLINE 15TH ANNUAL CUYUNA LAKES ICE FISHING CONTEST AND SCORPION HOMECOMING
One hundred and two Scorpion Snowmobiles were on display this past Saturday at the 15th Annual Cuyuna Lakes Ice Fishing Contest and Scorpion Homecoming. Several hundred participants enjoyed surprisingly warm temperatures and a strong showing of this year’s feature machine, the Gleaming Midnight Sun Magenta Stingerette and Super Stingerettes of 1972-1974. Seventeen of these beautiful and rare machines, the industry’s first-ever snowmobile designed, built and marketed exclusively to women, were on display.
And a heart-felt thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this another successful event, including: Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Sno-Serpents Snowmobile Club, Miss Crosby-Ironton Scholarship Pageant, Antique Snowmobile Society, and numerous family and friends.
Photos and additional details available at: https://www.facebook.com/scorpionsnowmobiles/
Profits benefit the on-going efforts of the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce.
At the 3:00 PM on-ice ceremony, the following awards were presented:
Scorpion Traveler: Tim Smith, Westphalia, MI (881 miles)
Chamber's Choice: Ryan Alfheim, Tigerton WI, 1973 Super Stingerette
C-I Royalty Award: David Ice, Isle MN, 1970 Stinger
Sno-Serpents Award: Scott Vouk, St. Stephen MN, 1970 Stinger
Trail-A-Sled Era – Original – Runner-Up: Ryan Hopkes, Zimmerman MN, 1968 Mark II
Trail-A-Sled Era – Original – First Place: Jay Stanger, St. Cloud MN, 1966 Trail-A-Sled
Trail-A-Sled Era – Restored – Runner-Up: Scott Vouk, St. Stephen, 1970 Stinger
Trail-A-Sled Era – Restored – First Place: Mark Schraut, Royalton MN, 1970 Stinger
Scorpion Era – Original – Runner-Up: Tami Van Heukelom, Albany MN, 1979 Sting
Scorpion Era – Original – First Place: Nies Ranch, Aitkin MN, 1975 Brut 340
Scorpion Era – Restored – Runner-Up: Meredith Frauendiest, Gaylord MN, 1975 Whip
Scorpion Era – Restored – First Place: Luke Danelski, Sturgeon Lake MN, 1977 Lil’ Whip
Scorpion Custom – Runner Up: David Ice, Isle MN, 1970 Stinger
Scorpion Custom – First Place: Les Pinz, Isle MN, 1978 RD4
FEATURE SLED AWARDS – 1972-1974 STINGERETTE
Honorable Mention I – Blaine Kotasek, Minot ND, 1973 Super Stingerette
Honorable Mention II – Kim Winkles, Richmond WI, 1974 Super Stingerette
Honorable Mention III – Sandra Schutz, St. Cloud MN, 1973 Stingerette
Honorable Mention IV – Theresa Lashyro, Crosby MN, 1973 Super Stingerette
Honorable Mention V – Ryan Alfheim, Tigerton WI, 1973 Super Stingerette
3rd Place – Lynn Gunderson, St. Cloud MN, 1973 Super Stingerette
2nd Place – Jamie Sletten, Lakeville MN, 1973 Stingerette
1st Place – Meredith Frauendiest, Gaylord MN, 1972 Stingerette
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ~ Set-up & Registration
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM ~ Scorpion Store
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM ~ Display
1:00 - 2:30 PM ~ Air Sled Demonstration
1:30 - 2:30 PM ~ Judging
3:00 PM ~ Awards Presentation
3:15 PM ~ 4:30 PM Trail Ride
3:30 PM ~ 7:00 PM Open House
2019 Feature SleD
Sporting the industry’s first-ever snowmobile specifically designed for women, the Scorpion Stingerette featured easy-starting displacements and a hot pink color scheme affectionately labeled "Gleaming Midnight Sun Magenta." All model years (1972-1974) and engine sizes will be featured at the Homecoming, both original and restored, including both the standard Stingerette as well as the Super Stingerette. If you have one, regardless of condition, bring it out and show it off!
During the event, please actively post with the hash-tag #scorpionsnowmobiles #scorpionhomecoming using Instagram handle @scorpionsnowmobiles and check-in on Facebook under the place name "Scorpion Homecoming." It all helps to get the word out!
A more formalized judging process will continue for 2019. Scorpion Homecoming is independently judged by experts within the antique and vintage snowmobile hobby - the Antique Snowmobile Society (A.S.S.).
An increased number of trophies will be distributed at the 3:00 PM on-ice awards presentation, including the following categories at minimum:
Feature Sled - For those displaying a Stingerettes, a HUGE number of trophies will be awarded, including the traditional 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, as well as FIVE honorable mentions! Don't miss this opportunity to bring-home some beautiful trophy hardware.
Trail-A-Sled Era, original and restored (model years 1959-1971) - First and Runner-Up for each
Scorpion Era, original & restored (model years 1972-1981) - First and Runner-Up for each
Scorpion Custom - First and Runner up
C-I Royalty Award
Upon your arrival, visit the Homecoming on-ice support tent for your complimentary sled sign, commemorative button ($4), and other Scorpion merchandise. For your comfort, the support tent also doubles as a warming facility.
A limited amount of assorted Scorpion-related merchandise will be available within the support tent. Cash only please. Quantities limited. No pre-orders or Internet orders - first come, first served. 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM.
Parking and Traffic Flow
As always, on-ice driving and parking is at your own risk (ample nearby street parking is available). For your convenience, Memorial Park does have an excellent low-angle ramp to the ice surface. See the pre-event announcements section of this page for last minute information.
A dedicated display area will be set-up adjacent to the ice fishing area on Serpent Lake just offshore from Memorial Park. Although welcome, no formal provisions are being made for swappers (and no fees are accessed). All swappers in attendance are asked to set-up around the perimeter of the display area and not within the snowmobile display lines.
A dedicated area for Stingerettes will be set-up near the display area entrance. Please place all Stingerettes in the designated area.
The display area is reserved specifically for Trail-A-Sled, Scorpion and other brands directly manufactured by such. Other antique and vintage brands are welcome (but are asked to please set-up around the perimeter of the display area).
Local ride-in sleds are encouraged!
Completely on-ice, this optional low-speed ride will circumnavigate Serpent Lake for approximately 8 round-trip miles. Support vehicles may not be available, so plan accordingly. Assuming safe ice conditions, the ride will proceed with or without snow. Participants below the age of 18 are subject to Minnesota's helmet law. Please have your sleds in good running condition. Vintage snowmobiles (25 years old or greater) are exempt from state license requirements while participating in this event.
Held at a world-class local collection, this event is an absolute must for Scorpion fans. Rare vintage video will be on display. Directions to the open house are available at the on-ice Homecoming booth. Complimentary snacks and refreshments will be provided.
For lodging and dining information, see the Chamber's web site. Extensive alternative lodging is also available in the Brainerd Lakes area, generally 16 miles southwest of Crosby-Ironton on Highway 210.
Scorpion Homecoming is an open and active event. Your presence at the Homecoming implies consent to permit Scorpion Online to photograph, record, film or videotape your likeness and to publish it on our web site and other publications for artistic and non-commercial promotional purposes. By your presence, you agree to release Scorpion Online from any liability resulting from publication of your likeness. Requests to remove a particular picture bearing your likeness will be honored on a best efforts basis.
Any and all Cuyuna Lakes Annual Ice Fishing Contest & Scorpion Homecoming activities are at your own risk.
Ice fishing Sponsors
Leader Board Sponsors
Anderson Brothers Construction, Deerwood Bank, Christenson Agency, Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Iron Range Eatery, Koop Funeral Home, MMFCU, Spalding House, Unity Bank
Food & Beverage Sponsors
The Deerstand, Mixed Company A Kava House
Graphic Packaging, Neighborhood Bank, Lambert Water Wells, Nelson, Inc., North Country Café, Deerwood Technologies, Iron Range Vet Clinic
Luck of the Draw Sponsors
American Family Insurance, Barstock Liquor, Care Veterinary Clinic, Cuyuna Brewing Company, GuidePoint Pharmacy, Timber Building Supply/Ace Hardware, Woodtick Inn, Barry’s Properties
Raffle Ticket PrizeS
1st Place) Eskimo F1 Rocket 8” Ice auger; 2nd Place) Marcum VS485c Underwater camera; 3rd Place) Marcum M1 Flasher; 4th Place) Ice Runner Explorer Insulated Flip-over Fish House; 5th Place) Grand Casino Mille Lacs free room anytime and $30 dollars in food (any venue).
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Final Pre-Event Announcements
In the final days preceding the event, late-breaking announcements will be posted to this area. If you plan on attending, please check this section accordingly.
As-of January 31st, forecast conditions for February 2nd call for a high of 30F and partly cloudy, Winds from the east at 7 MPH. All-in-all, a dramatic improvement over recent conditions.
Given recent record-setting cold temperatures, ice depth is substantial. However as always, on-ice vehicle/trailer parking is at your own risk. See map below for a parking guide.
CAUTION! Footing for Cuyuna Lakes Annual Ice Fishing Contest & Scorpion Homecoming is expected to be rough and slippery. Sturdy boots and ice cleats are recommended.
Ice Fishing Details
Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce - Annual Ice Fishing Contest
Come to Scorpion Homecoming 2019 and show-off your Stingerette - then catch yourself a fish at the adjacent Annual Serpent Lake Ice Fishing Contest. Great prizes in several categories!
Together with Annual Ice Fishing Contest, Scorpion Homecoming is intended to be enjoyed by the whole family. The adjacent Annual Ice Fishing Contest boasts an on-ice dance contest, raffle prizes, on-ice concessions and themed fishing groups - this is a great day to celebrate Minnesota winter living! Over 1200 holes will be drilled and waiting for your line to be dropped at Noon on Saturday, February 2nd. Win cash prizes for fish of all species. Even a cash prize for the smallest fish!
Enjoy cash prizes and concessions on the ice! $10 entry fee gives you one hole, plus a chance at the raffle.
Social Media Guidelines
Before, during and after the even please post actively with Instagram handle @cuyuna_lakes along with hashtags #cuyunalakes and #cuyunalakescontest
Crosby, Minnesota is located on the eastern edge of the Brainerd Lakes Area (115 miles north of Minneapolis, 90 miles west of Duluth, 15 miles northwest of Brainerd). Crosby's Memorial Park on the northwestern shores of Serpent Lake (Highway 210). If you are unsure of the location, check-out the map on the Homecoming launch page. Enter Memorial Park through the west-side entrance along Hwy 210, then proceed to the boat ramp where volunteers will assist you.