SILVER BAY, Minn. — The North Shore community of Silver Bay has developed a reputation as an all-terrain vehicle-friendly community. ATV trails surround the city and some of the state’s most scenic trails are nearby. So it’s no surprise that on June 13, 2009, 1,632 ATVers showed up in Silver Bay to set a new record for the world’s longest ATV parade.
“It went very, very well,” said Bill Ylatupa of Silver Bay, a Silver Trail Riders ATV Club coordinator who helped organize the event. “There were people from all over, and when they left, the town was as clean as could be.”
The event attracted riders from Alaska, California, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Canada and Japan, according to Les Schermerhorn of Moorhead, Minnesota, second vice president of the ATV Association of Minnesota.
“We doubled the population of Silver Bay for the weekend,” said Schermerhorn. “The Department of Natural Resources was impressed, and for as many riders that we had in the area, it went really well. Scott Johnson, the mayor of Silver Bay was happy that we came in there, spent a lot of money and left.”
The previous record for the world’s longest ATV parade was 1,138 held by the Harlan Kentucky Ridgeriders.
A 2008 effort in Silver Bay to break that record fell short by 56 machines. This year, however, ATVers shattered the previous record. “We did a lot more this year in getting the word out to more newspapers, more television and more radio,” said Ylatupla. “It created a lot of income for Silver Bay at gas stations, restaurants, and the fire department held a pancake breakfast where they did very well.”