North Branch, Minnesota (July 26, 2016) – Levi LaVallee is making plans to help the Sno Barons snowmobile club celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hay Days in a very big way. With a long list of action sport accomplishments to his credit including the world record snowmobile distance jump of 412-feet, Levi will break out the ramps and launch the Hay Days celebration (and himself) with a 200-foot distance jump on September 10 in North Branch, Minnesota.
Heralded as one of the sport’s biggest and most recognizable athletes, Levi is synonymous with snowmobile competition, having won a national snocross title, 7 X Games gold medals, and has appeared on several national television shows including the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America and ESPN. With two record distance jumps to his credit, Levi will attempt a 200-foot plus ramp-to-ramp jump as part of the 50th anniversary celebration at the world’s biggest snowmobile event.
“Hay Days is just an awesome event,” said LaVallee. “I’ve been going since I was a kid and to now be a part of the 50th celebration is really special.” With humble beginnings as little more than a gathering of club members, Hay Days has grown to become the biggest snowmobile event in the world with more than 50,000 fans in attendance along with every major manufacturer, aftermarket company, dealer, and athlete. Today, Hay Days is the place to see and be seen for the entire snowmobile industry.
“Every year we try to add a new twist to the event,” said Meshell Gorsegner, spokeswoman for the Sno Barons. “This year we wanted to make sure the event was truly special and Levi is helping us do that. Everyone in the club has been working hard to make this year’s event the biggest and best yet, with special commemorative displays, events, and guests in attendance.”
Located 8-miles east of North Branch, Minnesota, Hay Days features something for everyone including snowmobile grass drags, freestyle exhibitions, ATV and side-by-side races, the sports largest swap meet, more than 200 vendors, demo ride opportunities, raffles, vintage displays, and so much more. Encompassing more than 120 acres, it has become the can’t miss event for thousands of snowmobile enthusiasts from across North America and even the world.
Levi’s long-distance jump is schedule for Saturday at 5 p.m. and will take place at the east end of the snowmobile drag strip, adjacent to county road 70. With a metal take-off ramp and massive dirt constructed landing ramp, he is expected to soar well in excess of 200-feet.