Farm By The Lake’s Skeeter Beater Snow Shoe Race held March 2 in Bagley proved to be fun for all.

Combining the already popular pastime of snow shoeing with a little competition; what better way to enjoy the tons of snow delivered this year.

Racers geared up next to a campfire with great volunteers and port-a-potties at the ready. Volunteers from the Bagley Fire Department were well equipped with snowmobile, Ranger Quad-track, and truck.  Also with several volunteers from Bagley Sanford Health; racers were in good hands.

The race route was originally to be on Lake Lomond, however with extreme amounts of slush and hazardous conditions, the Clearwater Trailblazer’s Snowmobile Club groomed a new track.  It covered part of the lakeshore along with intertwining across the city park.  This proved to be a good workout up and down hills.  In the minus 4 degree weather some racers enjoyed a good sweat by the finish line.  Others took it slower, on a brisk walk, enjoying the outdoor air and good company.

Racers enjoyed a chili feed at Fireside Grill and Patio as they awaited their awards. Mosquito trophies were hand crafted by artist Al Belleveau, each with its unique artistic flair. T-Shirt mosquito designs were by artist Caleb Campbell, with screens being done by Cool Threads of Bemidji.

The race was made possible by community volunteers and corporate sponsorships by Doug and Kathy Rasch, Bagley Fire Department, FBTL staff and board, Sanford Health, Bill’s Base Camp, BSU Outdoor Program, Fireside Grill and Patio, First National Bank of Bagley, Cool Threads, KB101.1 FM, Clearwater Trailblazers Snowmobile Club, Bagley Rotary Club, True North Health, Bemidji Sports Centre, Choice Therapy, TEAM Industries, and NLFX Professional.

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