Snowshoe Stampede to stomp out cancer on Feb. 4

FILER TOWNSHIP — Snow or not, the enthusiastic group led by Jessica Scharp will be doing everything it can to “Stomp Out Cancer” at the third annual Snowshoe Stampede to be held at Manistee National Golf & Resort, located on U.S. 31 five miles south of Manistee.

The committee working on this weekend’s Snowshoe Stampede cancer research fundraiser met Thursday night and did an impromptu “snow dance” to try to bring some of the white stuff in time for Saturday’s event. There will be plenty of activity in either case -- with or without snow. (Courtesy photo)

“Saturday is still on, snow or no snow,” Scharp said. We are still doing the events not requiring snow, the chili cook off, celebrity bar tender contest, silent auction and raffle, tug of war, we have live music and plenty of opportunity for fun. Our snowshoe stampede is turning into a nice hike on the golf course to a lit bon fire. We may turn it into some type of friendly competition, a scavenger hunt for cancer ribbons possibly.”

Activities will begin at 11 a.m. and run through the closing ceremony at 6:30 p.m. with the lighting of sponsored chinese lanterns that will float into the air in honor of or memory of our loved ones with cancer.

Scharp joked that they considered having snow trucked in, but perhaps the closest place to get it would be Alaska.

“It may be a little sloppy, so we are recommending waterproof shoes and extra socks and shoes for after the walk,” Scharp said. “We are also changing up the snowshoe dash a little, our plan is to get burlap sacks and do a two-person team three-legged race. Sounds like a recipe for a lot of laughs.”

The event will raise funds for Manistee and Mason county cancer patients and donations will be made to the Sally K. Johnson One Good Day Fund and the Noah’s Angels Relay for Life Team. Refreshments will be available throughout the day and there will be live music and a silent auction.

Also during the day celebrity bartenders will be competing to see who can raise the most tips, with all proceeds going to the event. The roster of bartenders includes Cyndy Fuller and Todd Harland from 11 a.m. until noon Todd and Pat Buchanan and Melissa Reed and Pat Patterson from noon until 1; Mark Vipperman and Tim Heinrich from 1 to 2; Jim Frost, Jordan Solowiej and Kevin Dooley from 2 until 3; Todd and Brad Reed from 3 until 4; Donn Lemmer and Brian Decker from 4 until 5; and Todd Erickson and Mark Sandstedt from 5 until 6.

“We are not going to let Mother Nature bring us down,” Scharp said. “Our mission is to raise money for cancer patients locally and that is just what we are going to do.”

Complete information for the Snowshoe Stampede, including how to pre-register for various events, is available by calling West Shore Health Connection (231-398-1520), Western Michigan ENT (398-9536) or Sports Ink (723-5696). Information is also available by sending an e-mail message to snowshoestampede@yahoo.com

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Posted by Dave Yarnell

Dave was formerly the News Advocate features writer and retired in November 2013.

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