Vikings' Arctic Blast takes off this weekend

The Vikings' Arctic Blast Snowmobile Rally is ready to roll on Saturday and Sunday, with current and former players headlining a list of those scheduled to participate.

Many current and former Vikings will take part in the 14th annual Minnesota Vikings Arctic Blast Snowmobile Rally this weekend on Mille Lacs Lake. The event, one of the primary annual fundraisers for the Vikings Children's Fund, is co-sponsored by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Arctic Cat and Miller Lite.

Scheduled to appear at the event are current players Ben Leber, E.J. Henderson, Heath Farwell, Jeff Dugan, Fred Evans and Erin Henderson, coaches Bud Grant and Karl Dunbar and former Vikings Jim Marshall, Paul Krause, Chris Doleman, Henry Thomas, Matt Blair, Bob Lurtsema, Stu Voigt, Pete Bercich, Doug Sutherland and Gerald Robinson. Also on hand will be the Vikings radio voice Paul Allen, Vikings cheerleaders and team mascot Viktor.

Events include a kickoff brunch Saturday morning and a $30,000 prize party Sunday morning – which will include snowmobile giveaways. Events scheduled for the entire family include an arcade, an ice fishing pond and minnow races at the event headquarters at the Blue Goose Inn in Garrison on the north side of Lake Mille Lacs.

The Arctic Blast is one of the primary fundraisers held throughout the year to benefit the VCF. Registration cost is $35 and can be done at any of six "Blast Points" on the rally route in advance or on the day of the event. For more information, call 952-828-6577 or visit for more details and a map of the area.


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