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Forum Communications Co., Published April 06 2012

Silver Bay again going for record ATV parade

DULUTH, Minn. – After being stripped of the record nearly two years ago, Silver Bay will try again this summer to set a world mark for the longest ATV parade.

On June 23, the All-Terrain Vehicle Association of Minnesota aims to break the record it once held with an ATV parade through Silver Bay.

After gathering 1,632 ATVs for a parade in June 2009, Silver Bay held the Guinness Book of World Records title for a short time before Richfield, Utah, trumped it by assembling 1,870 ATVs in the Rocky Mountain ATV Jamboree.

It’s all about bringing the title back to Minnesota, and parade organizer Les Schermerhorn said she can’t think of a better place for an ATV parade than on the North Shore.

“It’s the North Shore,” she said. “There are more things for families to do than just ride ATVs. They can go to the state parks, there’s just a ton of stuff to do up there.”

Schermerhorn also noted that because this is the third ATV parade to be held in Silver Bay, ATV enthusiasts have come to look forward to the event on the North Shore.

The familiarity of the parade site, paired with great ATV trails and other activities to explore, make it a great location, she said.

Local organizer Bill Ylatupa said the city has always been enthusiastic about holding the parade.

“The city is so willing to have it and work with us and everything,” he said. “Having the city willing to help out so much makes it a lot easier.”

Ylatupa said the event draws people from all across the country, including some who travel as far as from Florida.

This year, organizers are aiming to attract at least 2,000 ATVs to participate in the parade. Those who want to take part are asked to register by May 8. Registration can be done by visiting www.atvparade.org or by calling (800) 442-8826. Those who register by May 8 will get an event T-shirt.

The staging area for the parade will be located in the field in front of the AmericInn Motel on Highway 61. The parade is expected to proceed up Outer Drive and through Silver Bay in a loop that will end back at the field where the parade started.

Along with trying to set the Guinness world record, there will be a contest for the most creatively decorated ATV.