Recognizing the 50Th Anniversary of the Amsoil World Championship Snowmobile Derby in Eagle River, Wisconsinby Representative Sean P. Duffy
Posted on 2013-01-22
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Mr. DUFFY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 50th
Anniversary of the Amsoil World Championship Snowmobile Derby on
Sunday, January 20, 2013, in Eagle River, Wisconsin.
Fifty years ago, the sport of snowmobiling had just begun. Today, the sport has a national economic impact of $24 billion with an additional international economic impact of $13 billion. Over 100,000 full-time jobs in North America are generated by the snowmobile industry. These American jobs include jobs in manufacturing, sales, and tourism-related services.
I am proud to have a snowmobile manufacturer with facilities located in Wisconsin's Seventh Congressional District. Polaris Industries, Inc. manufactures and distributes quality snowmobiles, among other high- performance motorized products. This employee owned company is just one example of the positive impacts the snowmobile industry has on our economy.
The history of snowmobiling started in Vilas County, 40 years before the very first snowmobile race took place. In fact, Carl Eliason of Sayner, Wisconsin, invented the first snowmobile, which was a snow toboggan, with skis and a track to drive the machine over the snow. By 1964, John and Betty Alward in Eagle River, along with Walter Goldsworthy of nearby Three Lakes, WI, gave the winter economy a boost with the sport of snowmobile racing. The initial news release called this the ``World's First Snowmobile Derby,'' which at the time, was an entirely new concept in winter sports celebrations. Between 2,000 and 3,000 people attended that event in 1964. Today, the World Championship attracts over 30,000.
I am thankful for those who envisioned the snowmobile derby and for those who have made this event an incredible success. Snowmobiling is an important part of Wisconsin's heritage and I ask my colleagues to join me in extending my congratulations on the 50th Anniversary of the Amsoil World Championship Snowmobile Derby in Eagle River, WI.