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Mike Creger, Forum Communications Co., Published November 03 2009

Minnesota club sets record for longest ATV parade

SILVER BAY, Minn. – The All-Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota has found itself in an ATV parade war since breaking a world record in Silver Bay in June.

The association announced Monday it received word from officials at Guinness World Record that the June 13 event featuring 1,632 ATVs is, indeed, the “World’s Longest ATV Parade.”

“We’re excited,” association representative Jon Bohn said. “We’ll hold it as long as it takes for Utah to be recognized.”

That’s Richfield, Utah: Home of a parade that featured 2,014 ATVs in September. And Bohn says there are plans in Kansas and Kentucky to better that mark.

The Minnesota group will wait a while before making another attempt, likely in 2011 or 2012, Bohn said.

It’s more than a stunt. The parade in Silver Bay was a way to draw together its membership, Bohn said, and involve state agencies and the region in efforts to educate people on ATV use and safety.

The Guinness recognition means the Harlan County Ridge Runners group in Everts, Ky., is no longer the official record holder with 1,138 ATVs in a parade.

“We are thrilled to have the record certified and that so many ATV enthusiasts and their families could join us to break the record,” parade organizer Les Schermerhorn said. “Thank you to everyone that joined us and to everyone in the city of Silver Bay for their wonderful hospitality.”

Mike Creger is a reporter for the The Lake County (Minn.) News Chronicle, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.