GRANTSBURG–– Racers and race fans are gearing up for the 43rd annual World Championship Snowmobile Watercross on Memory Lake in Grantsburg, Wisconsin on July 19-21.

Thousands of spectators will line the lakeshore to watch over 100 racers, including top competitors from the United States and Canada race on open water in both drags and oval classes. Racers from Europe plus teams from Norway and Sweden are also expected to compete.

“If you’ve been here before, we welcome you back. But if you have never seen this event, be sure to add July 19-21 to your calendar,” invited Watercross Executive Director, Rick Quimby. “Snowmobiles racing on water are a sight you don’t want to miss.”

The International Watercross Association (IWA) sanctions watercross racing. The Grantsburg Watercross is the World Championship within the yearly circuit and racers consider this event the “Grand-daddy” of all the races, offering the largest purse, huge spectator turnout, and a truly unique experience for the entire family!

The weekend begins with qualifying races starting Friday at 1 p.m. and all day Saturday. Finals conclude with the must-see grand finale, a 6-man, 8-lap pro-open thriller Sunday afternoon, determining the 2019 World Champion.

Other Features: In addition to three days of IWA racing excitement, the event offers many fun family attractions. Vintage racing and show (open to anyone) starts the weekend on Friday at 4 p.m. The 4th annual World Championship Canoe Race (sponsored by Wild River Outfitters) is a fun filled paddle across Memory Lake and will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening.

Vendor displays and booths set up along the streets adjacent to the lake offer visitors enticing merchandise, souvenirs, and a variety of foods and beverages.

Stay up late for the street dances both Friday and Saturday evenings featuring top-name regional bands. Diesel Drive performs Friday from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. and SWAG takes the stage Saturday from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

The sky over Memory Lake will light up with the Watercross’ famous and fabulous fireworks display Saturday at dusk.

The World Championship Snowmobile Watercross is sponsored by the Grantsburg Hockey Association and is run by volunteers from area civic organizations and businesses with proceeds funding these groups’ activities and operation.

Visit for more information and a complete schedule of events.

Camping: All camping reservations will be made online at Tents, campers or motor homes accepted.

Location: Grantsburg is located approximately 65 miles north of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota.

More information and contacts:

Telephone: (715) 463-H2OX (4269)