Spring Convention 2020

Event Details




The Minnesota 4-Wheel Drive Association is pleased to announce our twentieth annual Spring Convention! As always, this is a fundraising event meant to bring the members of the MN4WDA together to enjoy some off-roading. It will be held over the weekend of May 8-10 at the Sherwood Forest Campground, the Iron Range Off-Highway Vehicle State Recreation Area, and the Gilbert Ice Arena. Wheeling will be available during regular park hours, and all vehicles regularly welcomed at the park will be allowed. For more information about the IROHVSRA, please visit the park’s page on the DNR’s website.

On Friday evening, registration will be open from 4-9 PM at the pavilion at Sherwood Forest campground. At this time, you’ll be able to pick up pre-ordered merchandise, purchase raffle tickets, purchase score cards for Saturday’s poker run, and enjoy happy hour and a bonfire.

On Saturday morning, come enjoy coffee and donuts at the pavilion across in the bridge inside the park, provided by 4 Wheel Parts of Brooklyn Park. Registration will be open from 8-10 AM, and during this time, you’ll be able to pick up pre-ordered merchandise, purchase raffle tickets, and purchase poker run score cards.

New this year, we’ll be hosting a poker run inside the Gilbert IROHVRA park! The poker run will begin at 9 AM on Saturday. Score cards will be available for $10 each, and there is no limit to how many cards an individual can purchase. There will be two vehicle classes based on tire size, each of which have 12 trails to be completed. To fill out the score card, you must complete the trail or break attempting to do so. At each trail, there will be a sticker to place on your card once you’ve completed the trail. When you turn your score card in, you will receive one playing card for each trail completed. Combine your playing cards to make the best hand you can, and the 5 best hands will compete in a round of live poker at the end of the evening for trophies and cash prizes! For a sample of the scorecard and to see the full rules, click here.

This dinner this year, we’re switching things up a bit. We’ll be hosting happy hour with sponsors and MN4WDA business associates, beginning at 4 PM. Come to the ice arena, get to know the owners of local offroad businesses that support the MN4WDA, and learn about their products and services. During the same time, there will also be an informational session about all of our projects. Dan Larson, our lobbyist, and Ron Potter, our project manager for the Border 2 Border project, will be present, along with Board of Directors member Geoff O’Brien. Instead of a formal sit-down dinner, a buffet-style dinner will be served from from 4-6 PM. Come whenever and stay till whenever! A delicious meal of pulled pork sandwiches and sloppy joes will be served by the Ladies Auxiliary of Gilbert. Registration will be open and merchandise will be available during this time. You will also be able to turn in your poker run score card and receive your playing cards.

As always, there will be a variety of fabulous door prizes available, which have been proudly donated from our business associate members, MN4WDA clubs, and offroad product manufacturers. In years past, we’ve received door prizes from Iron Rock Offroad, Warn, Ouverson Engineering and Machine, Rough Country, Rugged Ridge, ARB, Bubba Rope, and many more. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase throughout the weekend, and will be for sale until 6:30 on Saturday evening. Raffle prizes will be drawn beginning at 7 PM.

Adult tickets will be available for $40 each and children’s tickets (under 16) will be available for $10 each. We will also have merchandise available for preorder in sizes S-3XL. Camping is available at several local campgrounds, including Sherwood Forest and West 40. The MN4WDA does not have the entire campground reserved, and you must call or go online to book your own site. Off-site lodging is available at several hotels in Gilbert and Eveleth, and must be booked by you. The MN4WDA will not arrange lodging of any kind.

The MN4WDA officers hope you can join us this year for a wonderful convention in Gilbert. We ask that you please preregister to make our planning easier and to make the event run smoothly. With any questions, concerns, or issues, please contact us using the “Contact Us” form on our website. If you would like to make a donation to the raffle prizes, please contact [email protected] so we can advertise your item(s) and give credit to the donating parties. If yourself or your club is bringing items for raffle prizes on the day of the event, they can be given to the individuals volunteering at registration.


Adult tickets will increase to $50.00 at 12:00 AM on April 1. Child tickets will increase to $20.00 at 12:00 AM on April 1st.



ORDER T-SHIRTS HERE: https://www.mn4wda.org/product/2020-convention-t-shirt/

ORDER SWEATSHIRTS HERE: https://www.mn4wda.org/product/2020-convention-sweatshirt/

VOLUNTEER HERE: https://www.mn4wda.org/2020-spring-convention-volunteer-opportunities/




Last but not least, this year we’d like to do some fundraising for the Sherwood Forest campground. For years, they have graciously hosted us and welcomed our sport. For many events throughout the year, they let us use their pavilion as a meeting place, to host registration, and to gather for potluck dinners. If you’ve visited the pavilion recently, you know that it has seen better days. As a thank you to the campground and the city of Gilbert, we’d like to help build a new, bigger, and better pavilion. If you would like to assist in this goal, you may click the “Add Donation for Sherwood Forest Pavillion” button at checkout.