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City of Fifty Lakes To Host ATV Minnesota State Convention In 2022
Emily, MN, October 7, 2021 — The All-Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota (ATV MN), representing 70 ATV Clubs and ATV riders from across the state, has selected the City of Fifty Lakes to host next year’s state convention. The 3-day event, to be hosted by the city in partnership with the Over The Hills Gang ATV Club, is scheduled for September 16-18, 2022.
ATV MN Association President Ron Potter, and its executive board, chose Fifty Lakes for its convention — also known as “Ride & Rally” — because of the central location to its members and member clubs. For the past 3 years, the event was held twice in Ely and once in Crane Lake. Fifty Lakes is located in the northern part of Crow Wing County, and the county is the geographic center of Minnesota. The area has hundreds of miles of designated, signed Grant-in-Aid ATV trails, along with hundreds of miles of legal routes open to motorized use, linking Fifty Lakes to the communities of Crosslake, Emily, Outing, Remer and beyond.
Being in lake country, the Fifty Lakes area also offers those attending the convention many options for lodging, resorts, camping, unique restaurants and shops, breweries, and fun fall attractions for ATV riders of all ages and abilities.
Over The Hills Gang, the host ATV Club, is based in Emily. It has over 500 club members, including 50 business members. Together with the City of Fifty Lakes, the club hopes to attract 500 riders to the 3-day event, providing a strong economic boost to area businesses during fall of 2022, before winter sets in.
A team of city, club and ATV MN leaders is now meeting to organize the event, and will be inviting surrounding cities and local businesses to be involved. More details will appear in local newspapers, as well as on the club website (overthehillsgang.org), ATV Minnesota website (atvam.org), their newsletters, and the Facebook pages of ATV MN and the City of Fifty Lakes.
Ladies Only Ride 2022
The Ladies Only Ride 2022 hit the trails leaving from the Pickled Loon Saloon in Emily with 78 ladies driving 43 machines. The route this year included parts of the AB, B, and A trails which are part of the Emily-Outing trail system, maintained by the Over the Hills Gang ATV Club. We also rode parts of the Wren and Cedar Loops before having a trailside lunch prepared by Lake Country Grocery and Liquor and provided by the OTHG ATV Club and one of our business sponsors Brainerd Waterproofing. We had stops at the All Pine Inn & Resort where we played games for swag provided by Skirtz N Dirt. The Channel Bar & Grill was our last stop for raffle prizes.
We had many compliments on the ride this year and we would like to thank all the businesses that helped make our ride a big success!
The Pickled Loon Saloon provided a breakfast and drink special and provided $25 gift certificates to the oldest and youngest riders this year (80 and 16 years respectively).
Lake Country Grocery and Liquor in addition to preparing lunch provided gift certificates for Shadow Pizza and Deli for raffles prizes.
Denise Gorsuch (redsrealty.com) provided a $25 gift certificate to The Channel Bar and Grill for a raffle prize.
Outing Yarn and Gift Shop provided gift certificates for raffle prizes.
Skirts N Dirt provided swag for games and prizes for the raffle.
The Channel Bar and Grill provided a supper special and gift certificates and merchandise for the raffle prizes.
Kim, Kelsey and Beth
OTHG Club Hosts WCCO/CBS TV, Goin' to the Lake - Emily, MN Edition
The You Tube video is a "Goin to the Lake" / Emily segment from WCCO /CBS TV newscast that aired on Thursday July 13th, 2017 on the WCCO/CBS TV 10pm newscast. The Over the Hills Gang ATV Club organized a 7-mile ATV ride for the WCCO crew that started at Granny's Bar and Grill and ended at Sweets & Such in Emily, MN where they were treated with ice cream. OTHG Club members brought ATV personal protective equipment, such as gloves, helmets,goggles, splash pants, and boots to ensure the safety of the WCCO crew, and conducted some safety training before the ride. Club Members brought ATV Class I machines for Meteorologist Chris Shaffer, News Anchor Liz Collin, to ride individually, and Class II ATV's to transport a cameraman, photographer, social media and promotions team member on the ride. Additional information and videos can be found on the WCCO /CBS Facebook page.
Shown in the picture to the right is WCCO/CBS Meteorologist Chris Shaffer and News Anchor Liz Collin along with OTHG ATV Club Members and MN DNR Volunteer Trail Ambassadors Dave Kodada, Daniel Olmshenck, Ben Allen, John Halverson, Lynn Remington, Bub Moser and Perry May.