After the race, head downtown for the 15th Annual Pasty Fest from noon-6pm! There will pasties from all the best local places including Connie's Kitchen, Suomi Restaurant, Lindell's, Mohawk Suprette and Pasty Central. There will also be a Pasty Eating Contest, You Be the Judge Bake-Off ($5-$8), and parade at 2pm.
Enjoy live music all day from; Bob Hiltunen, Tom Katalin, Ryan Peterson, The Five, the Copper Country Clown Band, as well as storyteller Bill Jamerson and demos for cardio drumming and disc golf. 5th Street will be full with a Car Show, craft vendors and lots of fun for the kids! Check out http://www.mainstreetcalumet.com/attend.html for full event details and schedule.
Come help us get the Swedetown trails ready for summer use! We will be meeting at the Swedetown Chalet at 1:00pm on Sunday, May 20th. We will work for about 3 hours.
We will have some tools available but if you have a rake or a pair of loppers, please bring them. But most importantly, just bring yourself (and a friend!). The bigger the crew, the lighter the workload.
If you have any questions, you can reach out to us and we can answer any general questions or put you in touch with the summer trails coordinator.
Swedetown is maintained by volunteers. Volunteers we call "trail elves" will adopt a trail or section of trail to take care of for the season. If you are interested in adopting a trail, let us know!
Race to support the trails
As with most mountain bike events, this race is the way funds are raised to build, maintain, sign, and promote the Swedetown Trails. Whether you are looking for your first race or you are a pro, we hope you will support our efforts and accept the challenge of chasing Bambo this year.
Our upcoming projects
The money from your race entry goes right back into the trails. Below are some upcoming trail builds and maintenance that we will accomplish thanks to our supporters.
New trails in 2018: One of our projects planned for this summer is a bermed, flow trail paralleling the Burly Trail. We’re hoping this will be done before the Deer Chase. Whether it will be incorporated in the race is not yet determined.
New trails in the future: Other new trail projects to be done in the seasons to come: a flow trail starting on top of Tower Hill; a flow style trail from McGunn Pond to the M-203 trailhead; singletrack continuing from the new Tower Hill trail to Farmer’s Well on the south portion of the trail system and the addition of a singletrack loop in the Tamarack Location area.
Maintenance projects for 2018: Continued rock armoring of certain spots of the Burly Trail and Farmer’s Well Trail. A grant was received from the Portage Health Foundation, which along with proceeds from the 13 previous Deer Chases, will be used to repair a portion of the main road that bisects the trail system. This repair will allow better access for less aggressive riders or runners to the sustainable two-track ski trails.
Great Deer Chase keeps the trails free
Fees are not charged for summer trail use as we rely solely on donations and support of the race. Our goal is to keep the trails open and accessible to everyone. If you’re able to support the trail system we thank you.