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Vintage snowmobiles attract collectors for a good cause

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MERRILL (WAOW) - As a vintage snowmobile drives by, Devil's Creek Stump Jumpers club president Jeff Krall identifies it.

"That's about a 1964 or '65 model."

Walking around the Stump Jumpers' vintage snowmobile show brings nostalgia for many outdoor enthusiasts.

"A lot of these sleds are sleds that we grew up with as kids and we remember them and we want to keep history alive," Krall said.

Dozens of people packed the parking lot of Schult's Country Inn in Merrill Saturday.

For collectors Ken and Becky Kranz, the show was about more than just the sleds.

"We have 300 pieces of clothing including all the helmets and boots," said Mrs. Kranz.

Just like these vintage sleds, Becky says her clothing has a story, too.

"I waited 20 years for this sweatshirt. I finally found it on eBay and paid a fortune for it," she said.

The husband and wife team have worked out a deal. Ken lets her buy the clothes and Becky lets him buy the sleds. They say they own 30 show sleds.

They had the chance to add one more to their collection when the club raffled off a Mercury Lightning model.

"Instead of raffling something and keeping the profits for ourself, let's do something nice for someone in the community," Krall said.

All proceeds from the raffle went to the Lincoln County Humane Society.

"The shelters are always needing a little help to take care of our friendly 4-legged friends," Krall added.

The fun didn't stop after the show either because for these snowmobilers, it's all about the ride.

But if you were trying to find Becky, she was probably towards the back of the pack.

Becky described her riding style. "I'm not an 100 mile per hour girl. I'm a 35 mile per hour girl at the most."
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