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Pix from the 2015 Country Cat Open House


(10/9/2015)

2015 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Last Saturday, roughly 1000 people came to Country Cat in Sauk Centre, Minn., for their annual Arctic Cat Open House event. With temps in the 60s and beautiful sunshine, it was a perfect day for hanging out with old and new friends.

 

2015 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

When I say friends, I mean it. Case in point: this motley crew consisting of (L-to-R) Scott Eilertson (Arctic Cat sales rep) and collectors Nancy, Brianna and Tom Ische.

It's always good to catch up with these guys, lots of laughs about various adventures.

 

2015 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

There were a lot of people who came from a LONG way to experience this open house. Tom Steiner drove the 250 miles from Park Falls, Wis. Tom is super active in snowmobiling and a longtime Arctic Cat rider. It was good to chat with him.

 

2015 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

I was going to catch up with Team Arctic snocross star Logan Christian, but he was too busy shoving food into his gullet. At least he gave a tour of the big race hauler (and cool swag) to all the other interested people.

 

2015 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

2015 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Country Cat had all kinds of Arctic Cat toys on display. And WOW were there people there checking out the stuff!

Lots of deals to be had.

 

2015 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

The atmosphere inside was buzzing. When you can sit on pretty much every single 2016 Arctic Cat product, plus see/touch/try every available gear or clothing item, it puts you in the mood for snowmobiling and ATV riding.

I'll let the next handful of pix speak for themselves, as they capture the essence of what anticipation and excitement are all about.

 

2015 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

2015 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

2015 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

2015 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

2015 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

2015 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

2015 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

2015 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

PJ Wanderscheid (green shirt, pointing) was giving tours of the entire Country Cat facility. Here he was giving a little background info on a few of the historic sleds they have on display.

 

2015 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Brothers Mike (L) and Rick Mattson are two Country Cat Open House regulars who I've enjoyed talking with over the years. We hatched a plan for a day of riding the Crow Wing River this winter.

Those kinds of conversations are what draws me to events like this.

 

2015 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

It wouldn't be a true Open House event without a free lunch. Helping fill the plates was none other than Mary Lou, the matriarch of the Wanderscheid family.

 

2015 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Some of PJ's race jackets were on display.

 

2015 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Outside it was new sleds and old, as this even has hosted a vintage show for the past several years.

Here are a few of the Ische family collection.

 

2015 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Five Arctic Cats that span a wonderful decade beginning in the mid-1980s.

 

2015 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

It was good chatting with collector Kevin Lehse, who showed me something new about the famed Arctic Cat Model 100: the intentional design that allowed for it to store upright as a space-saving measure.

Cool!

 

2015 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Kevin also had his custom fabricated model Model 100. Yep, a model Model 100.

 

2015 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Vintage Snowmobile Club of America (VSCA) President Mike Meager (L) awards the People's Choice award to Rob Grover of Grand Rapids, Minn., who brought a honey 1972 Arctic Cat Cheetah with sweet purple accents.

 

2015 Country Cat Open House for Arctic Cat. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

A perfect event for a perfect autumn day.

Thanks for reading.



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