If you’re turning 50 you have a party, right? In the case of Polaris Industries, you throw the birthday party of the year. In July, Polaris took over the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul for their gigantic 50th celebration.
The company pulled together all their resources to deliver a day over 25,000 gearheads will never forget. The ATV demo area provided 10,000 test rides for those in attendance, including kids rides on mini ATVs and adult demos of the new Sportsman 800 and the full Ranger line up.
The entertainment was equally impressive featuring Clint Black, .38 Special, Minnesota heart throb, Johnny Lang, and Credence Clearwater Revival’s John Fogerty.
The day was packed with special events, the most impressive being the return of the vintage Polaris snowmobile Thrill Team and their loop-de-loop in front of thousands of screaming fans.
The Thrill Team spun a Polaris Predator ATV and two Polaris snowmobiles to the delight of the crowd. An historical line up of Polaris products was quite frankly, staggering, and the attendance of many of the company’s original employees, including Edgar Hetteen, the patron saint and founder of Polaris, brought 50 exciting years of recreational vehicle manufacturing into perspective. 2005 Polaris ATVs, snowmobiles, PWC, Jet Boats and Victory Motorcycles were all on display.