Activities stretch across two counties for Winter Bash


STANDISH TWP. — A fun run will take riders to establishments in Arenac and Bay counties, and snowmobile races will be held at White’s Beach in Standish Township during the Bay Area Sledders’ fifth annual Winter Bash Feb. 15.

Dave Beechum, an event organizer, said about 590 sleds were driven in the last fun run, which was not held last year due to ice conditions. He said the sledders’ patrol group checked out the ice this year, and it is in good condition for the event.

“We went up the Au Gres River, across the bay, we went all along the shorelines — a beautiful ride,” he said. “We checked the ice all out. It’s very good, very thick.”

There are seven stops in the charity fun run — Mugg Shot’s and Modern Craft Winery in Au Gres, White’s Beach Bar in Standish Township, the Linwood Hotel, Linwood Marina and Linwood Village Inn and Castaways in Bay City. Beechum said the fun run is scheduled to start at 10 a.m., and participants have to check in at either White’s Beach or Castaways to begin the ride.

Many riders are looking forward to the ride, Beechum said.

“This charity fun run, everybody always asks about it every year,” he said. “It’s just this year has been such a great year for winter sports, so everybody is geeked about it. We should have a really good turnout.”

Potential riders can preregister in the fun run until Feb. 14 at either Bay Cycle, Linwood Cycle or by calling Beechum at 989-314-3147.

“The people from the north, if they want tickets that can come talk to me,” Beechum said.

From noon to 4 p.m., radar races and kitty cat races will be held at White’s Beach, he said.

“White’s Beach is the perfect area,” he said. “It’s got a mile or two of low water.”

People can race their sleds over a 500 or 1,000 foot stretch, where they will be timed with a radar gun, Beechum said. For the younger riders, the Kitty Cat or 120 races will be held on an oval track, he said. Beechum said snowmobile riders enjoy seeing how fast they can make their sleds go on a drag-racing track.

“They have these events all over the state, and there is a good turnout at them,” he said. “A lot of people like to come out and open up their sleds just to see what they can do.”

For people interested in just watching the action, there is no cost, Beechum said. There is a fee to participate in the charity fun run.

“We’re not charging a gate fee this year,” he said. “The people who are on the charity run, the fun run, they’ll pay $10 in advance. It’s $15 if they pay the day of.”

Beechum said members of the Department of Natural Resources will be on hand to help ensure safety. He said three helmets will be given away as prizes, and there would be other door prizes as well.

For more information, contact Beechum at 989-314-3147, or Bay Cycle at 989-684-0754.


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