It's not often Duluth is cast on the national sporting stage. With Snocross in town this weekend it's done just that, and our Canadian friends have taken notice.
"Duluth is probably the liveliest crowd I've seen. We'll live-stream all the events throughout the season, and it's not the same as Duluth," said John Miravelli, who made the trip from Thunder Bay Ontario to take in the event.
The annual event brings some 500 professional and amateur competitors together, who wow the crowd with their high flying tricks, and their roaring sleds.
"It's all about the riders. It's hardcore racing, and no holds barred. That's what we enjoy," said Miravelli.
More than 30,000 fans are expected to descend on Spirit Mountain for the 3 day event, and cheer on their favorite racers.
"They're so close together that sometimes it gets scary as to how close they are, but I like seeing them go big," said Cayelin Anderson.
While the competition is stiff on the track, off the track it's mostly Minnesota nice.
Miravelli said, "As Canadians, it's nice to come down, hang out with our fellow American's. We all get together, it's like there's no rivalry here, it's not like Canada versus U.S, it's just team brand versus team brand, that's all it is."
Snocross picks up Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m., and continues through late Sunday afternoon.
There's no spectator parking at Spirit Mountain. Spectators must park at the Proctor fairgrounds, where a shuttle will take them to Spirit Mountain.
More information on the event can be found here.