ST. GERMAIN BO-BOEN SNOWMOBILE CLUB CELEBRATES 50 YEARS
In 1969 the Bo-Boen snowmobile club had its humble beginnings. Founded by a group of enthusiasts to help promote the sport of snowmobiling, Bo-Boen was a leader in getting organized and in building the trails we now enjoy. Our first groomer was a homemade drag pulled by an Alpine, a twin track single ski tractor.
The club was very active and hosted weekly poker rides, dances, couple’s rides, campouts, women’s rides and men’s rides. 100 mile and 500 mile patches were designed to encourage snowmobilers to stop at Pit Stops along the trail. Each rider received a card that they had marked at the Stop and when the card was full they received a patch. Pins were also sold to riders to help raise money for the club. Rides are still being organized for men, women and groups.
The first bridge that was built was across Lost Creek and was barely wide enough for one sled to cross. One of the first groomers purchased was a Bombardier SV200. In 1976 the club purchased a Tucker and new drag for $24,000 which was the most expensive piece of grooming equipment ever purchased by a snowmobile club in the Midwest. Today the club boasts 6 bridges, 2 Tuckers, 1 New Holland Tractor, 2 Arrowhead Drags and 1 SnoBoss Drag. There are 15 groomer drivers to keep our 100 miles of trail smooth.
Bo-Boen also conducted Snowmobile Safety Classes between Christmas and New Years and continues to do so to accommodate young enthusiasts from out of town who want to get their certification while in the Northwoods for Christmas vacation.
Members of the club volunteered for many community activities and still do today, including Chamber of Commerce events, the Radar Run, Groomer show, Hall of Fame swap meet etc.
The club dinner meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month from September through April. All are welcome. The Bo-Boen club has been the largest club in the state for many years and is now the largest family club in the country and the World. All of this could not be accomplished without our many active members and volunteers and the support from our great community of St. Germain.