January 13, 2014 | Vol. 95, No. 10

Fans gather for annual USSA pro-series at Gogebic fairgrounds

Warmer weather draws crowds for second straight week

IRONWOOD - Fans from far and wide gathered in the grandstands at the Gogebic County Fairgrounds for the Pro-series U.S. Snowmobile Association races Saturday and Sunday.

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Malcolm Chartier, of Fair Haven, races to victory in the USSA Pro Star Series signature event, the TLR cup race, on Sunday at the Gogebic County Fairgrounds

Among the crowd was Ron Fjerstad, father to one of the racers, Joey Fjerstad, 24, of Minneapolis.

Joey Fjerstad has been racing since 2004, working his way up from stock class to championship class. Ron enjoys following his son to the races.

Barb Reinhard, of Ironwood, came out to the races on Sunday. It wasn't her first time.

Reinhard loves going to the snowmobile races and has attended many. Her favorite part is "the adrenaline and the smell," she said.

Another fan, Ron Anderson, of Bessemer, said he sees the races as "something to do to get out of the house in the winter."

The past weekend's Pro-series USSA races was the second weekend of Ironwood Snowmobile Olympus at the fairgrounds. The pro-vintage snowmobile races were held on Jan 3-5 at the fairgrounds.

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