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Know your Wisconsin: World Championship Derby Complex

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EAGLE RIVER (WKOW) -- Recognized around the world, the World Championship Snowmobile Derby is the largest and most prestigious snowmobile competition in the sport. This year, the 57th Annual event will be held January 16th through the 19th.

For over 50 years this race has been held in Eagle River, Wisconsin, on this fully contained, half-mile banked oval track. More than 40,000 spectators gather here each year to cheer on their favorite drivers.

Competitors race at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour on the ice track, as well as maneuver over a demanding snocross course. This year’s races will highlight several new events including the Pro Champ 440 and Formula III classes. Also new this year, Johnny Greaves, the famed off-road racing world champion will bring his racing experience to the track, as for the first time ever the event will host UTV side by side racing on the banked oval.

Since coming under new ownership in 2018, the event has been revamped to include a wider variety of activities and elements for all attendees to enjoy. Kids races, vintage displays, and an exhibition hall with a variety of vendors are just some of the things available to visitors.

Snowmobiling is a decades-long tradition in Eagle River, and the World Championship Snowmobile Derby showcases that tradition to the world.

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