Scorpion Homecoming 2015
February 7, 2015
… where it’s not about the sleds, it’s about the people.
Join hundreds of Scorpion fans for the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce's eleventh annual Scorpion Homecoming!
The Homecoming has become an annual ritual for Scorpion collectors and with our eleventh anniversary approaching, 2015 promises to be bigger and better than ever. Make plans to attend now.
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 Chamber by purchasing a raffle ticket (excellent prizes awarded - need not be present to win), patronizing the concessionaires and purchasing the official 2015 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!
Need more information? Use our Contact form.
Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce - Annual Ice Fishing Contest
Come to Scorpion Homecoming 2015 and show-off your Stinger - 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 7th. 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.
GLARE ICE DOESN'T DETER HOMECOMING ATTENDANCE!
Despite no-snow conditions, a large number of Scorpion enthusiasts braved the slick surface of Serpent Lake to display their cherished Scorpions. Nearly 130 Scorpions were gathered for this 11th annual Scorpion Homecoming, held in conjunction with the Annual Ice Fishing Contest, sponsored by the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce. 16 Lil’ Whips were also on display, 2015’s Feature Sled.
Photographs of the event are available on Scorpion Snowmobile's Facebook Page:
Numerous awards were presented at the 3:00 PM program, with expert judging provided by the Antique Snowmobile Society: Steve Pierce, Dave Johnson, Brian Smith, Todd Hicke, and Cody Emmans.
This year’s Scorpion Traveler award went to Bob Rynda, who came all the way from Las Vegas to attend the event!
- Chamber’s Choice: Mark Schraut, Royalton MN, 1970 Blue-Modified Stinger
- C-I Royalty Award: Steve Pierce, Cohasset MN, 1966 Sears
- Scorpion Traveler: Bob Rynda, Las Vegas (1680 Miles)
- Scorpion Custom – Runner Up: Kyle McCoy, Clearwater MN, Racer
- Scorpion Custom – 1st Place: Bob Rynda, Las Vegas NV, TK 1980
- Trail-A-Sled Era – Original - Runner Up: Tom Stevens, Northwood IA, Super Stinger 1971
- Trail-A-Sled Era – Original - 1st Place: Chuck Bachman, Brainerd MN, Mark I 1968
- Trail-A-Sled Era – Restored - Runner Up: Chuba Brothers, Emily MN, Super Stinger 1971
- Trail-A-Sled Era – Restored - 1st Place: Mark Schraut, Royalton MN, Mark II 300 1969
- Scorpion Era – Original – Runner Up: Dwight Bartell, West Bend WI, Bull Whip 1977
- Scorpion Era – Original – 1st Place: Ray Arnold, Moose Lake MN, Whip 300 1978
- Scorpion Era – Restored – Runner Up: Rick Kocher, West Bend WI, Stinger ET 1973
- Scorpion Era – Restored – 1st Place: Doug Holicky, New Prague MN, Massey Ferguson 1977
- Feature Sled – Lil' Whip – Runner Up: Dave Emme, Glencoe MN, 1975
- Feature Sled – Lil' Whip – Runner Up: Sandra Schutz, St Cloud MN, 1975
- Feature Sled – Lil' Whip – 1st Place: Steve Rynda, Montgomery MN, 1977
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.
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 February 6: Saturday's forecast calls for cloudy skies, with 30 degree temperatures and light winds. A lovely afternoon for Scorpion Homecoming 2015.
- As-of February 6: Ice surface conditions are poor, with slippery exposed ice in most areas. Use extreme caution. Ice cleats or well tractioned footwear are strongly recommended. Overall Ice thickness is significant. Remember, parking and walking on the ice are at your own risk. Please be careful!
Official 2015 Button
- 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM ~ Set-up & Registration
- 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM ~ Display
- 1:30 - 2:00 PM ~ Judging
- 3:00 PM ~ Awards Presentation
- 3:15 PM ~ 4:30 PM Trail Ride
- 3:30 PM ~ 7:00 PM Open House
The 2015 event will feature the compact, fun-loving Lil' Whip of 1975-1979! This nimble, budget-minded snowmobile was marketed as Scorpion's entry-level machine, and was among the firm's most successful models for several years. Massey-Ferguson Chinooks of 1976-77 (rebranded Lil' Whips) are also welcome!
During the event, please actively post with the hash-tag #vintagescorpion and check-in on Facebook under the place name "Scorpion Homecoming."
A more formalized judging process will continue for 2015. 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 (Lil' Whip)
- Trail-A-Sled Era, original and restored (model years 1959-1971)
- Scorpion Era, original & restored (model years 1972-1981)
- Scorpion Custom
- Scorpion Traveler
- Chamber’s Choice
- C-I Royalty Award
Upon your arrival, visit the Homecoming on-ice support tent for your sled sign, commemorative button, and other Scorpion merchandise. For your comfort, the support tent also doubles as a warming facility.
Profits benefit the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce. Please support the event by purchasing these wonderful items! Cash only please.
Homecoming button - support the event by purchasing this on-ice memento. After eleven years, still only $3.00!
Once again a wide range of commemorative merchandise will be offered. Quantities are limited. No rain checks. All Sales Final. Profits benefit the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce. Cash only please.
[The list below is tentative and may change. items and prices will be finalized by December 31, 2014.]
- T-Shirts - 2015: $12
- Prior years: $10
- Ball cap: $15
- Beanie: $10
- Oval patch: $8
- T-Shirts - 2015: $12
- 2015: $3
- Prior years: $1
- 2015: $3
- Mug - ceramic: $5
- Key light: $3
- Pens: $1
- Key tag: $1
- Flags: small (1’x1.5’): $20; large (2’x3’): $90
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 Lil' Whips will be set-up near the display area entrance. Please place all Lil' Whips in this 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.