FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL EVENT-RELATED QUESTIONS

Q: How much is admission?

A:  Online price is $30* for a weekend pass, $25* for Saturday only, and $15* for Sunday only (*excludes tax + fees).  Gate prices including tax and fees are $35 for a weekend pass, $30 for Saturday only, and $20 for Sunday only.    Kids 12 and under free.  Active military with ID are free on Sunday.

Q: What is there to do at Hay Days?

A: More than you can possibly imagine! For a complete overview, check out our Event Summary page.

Q: Where do I park?

A: Parking is available on several nearby lots that are owned and operated by our neighbors. Please see the Parking page for locations, pricing and updates.

Q: Is lodging available?

A: Many hotels and motels are located nearby, and several campsites are within walking distance of the event. You’ll find all the details on our Lodging page.

Q: Where do the proceeds from the event go?

A: After we pay the bills (and there are plenty of them!), any profits go back into improving the land, donated to snowmobile clubs and used to support many local charities.

Q: What happens if it rains?

A: We aren’t going to let a little rain stop the show. All Hay Days events, including racing, are held rain or shine.

Q: Can I bring my own food and drink as a spectator?

A: No. But you will find dozens of vendors with an incredible array of food and drink options onsite.

Q: Are pets allowed?

A: Sorry. Pets are prohibited except in the case of service animals.

Q: Can I ride a bike around the grounds?

A: No. In the interest of safety, bikes are prohibited.

Q: Can I leave the grounds and return later?

A: Yes. Just make sure you keep your wristband on. Torn, cut and removed wristbands will not be allowed for re-entry.

Q: Are guns allowed?

A: Sorry. Guns are prohibited.

Q: What is the history behind Hay Days?

A: It’s pretty fascinating! Check out our history, including some cool historical photos.

Q: Are there accommodations for handicapped people?

A: Yes. Please see the handicap information page.

Q: When are future Hay Days?

A: Hay Days is always held the first weekend after Labor Day.

Q: What is the official address of the event?

A: 38740 Oriole Ave., North Branch, MN 55056

SWAP – RELATED QUESTIONS FOR SPECTATORS AND BUYERS

Q: When do the gates open for Swap spectators?

A: The gates open the same time as the rest of Hay Days, 7 a.m.

Q: What’s the best way to haul around my Swap purchases?

A: Backpacks come in handy for toting smaller purchases, while many buyers use a wagon to haul their larger purchases.

Q: I bought something big; how do I get it to my vehicle?

A: Easy! Check in with the Wild River Snowmobile Club, located near the Tin Roof Saloon.  They will haul your item to one of the three designated drop-off spots free of charge.

Q: I just purchased a new snowmobile or ATV. Can I drive it on the grounds?

A: Unfortunately, no. You’ll need to wait until you get home to drive your new toy.

SWAP – RELATED QUESTIONS FOR SELLERS

Q: I purchased my Swap sites, RV Permit, and wristbands online. When will I receive my tickets?

A: If you selected the “print-at-home” option, you will receive an email with instructions for printing your tickets in mid-August, about three weeks before Hay Days.  If you chose to have hard tickets sent to you, they will arrive in late August.

Q: When do the gates open and close for Swap sellers to check in?

A: Gates open Friday morning at 8 a.m. or earlier. Gates close at 11 p.m.

Q: Can I wait on the grounds for the gate to open?

A: No. Unfortunately, we no longer have a waiting area. Also, avoid the temptation to arrive on Thursday, because the police will likely turn you away.

Q: If I have an RV or a trailer that opens on the right side, am I guaranteed a space in the right side of a row?

A: No. Rows are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and right sides always fill up first.

Q: Can I drive a vehicle onto the grounds to drop off some extra items, and then park it outside of the grounds

A: No, this is not allowed.

Q: I am arriving later than my Swap group. Can I still get in?

A: Yes, as long as a member of your group meets you at the Swap Gate entrance to vouch for you.

Q: Can I leave a vehicle outside the grounds?

A: Yes. Parking is available in the Chicken Coop and Racer’s Edge lots.

Q: Are showers available on site?

A: Yes. Anytime Showers has a shower trailer available to everyone. The cost is $8 per shower, towel included.

Q: Are there any RV hookups or pump-out services on site?

A: No.

SWAP TIPS FOR SPECTATORS

Here are some tips to help make your Swap visit a secure and pleasant buying experience.
  • Spectator gates open each morning at 7 a.m., and the Swap ends at 5 p.m.
  • This Swap is massive, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes!
  • Looking to buy? Bring a backpack to tote smaller purchases and a wagon to haul larger ones.
  • Bought something big and need help transporting it? Members of the Wild River Snowmobile Club can help haul your newly purchased goodies to one of our designated drop off spots (one each in the west, south, and north parking lots).  Drive-up loading ramps are also available at drop-off spots to ease loading items into back of pickup trucks.
  • Cash is king when negotiating deals.
  • Be cautious that the item you are purchasing is not stolen or of questionable origin. In some cases, you maybe able to ask the Chisago County Sheriffs, who are located around the grounds, to verify that a serial number does not belong to a stolen vehicle. The Chisago County Sheriff’s department will be spot-checking sleds leaving the grounds.
  • Avoid giving sellers the full amount for a purchase or making a large cash deposit and then returning later to pick up your item. Ask sellers for their ID if you plan to make a partial payment and return later to retrieve your purchase.
  • GPS coordinates of the Swap rows are available for download.
  • Wait until you get home (as difficult as it may be!) to drive that newly purchased snowmobile, ATV or other vehicle. Driving it on the grounds is not permitted.
  • No pets, with the exception of service animals, are allowed.
  • In the interest of safety, bicycles are not allowed anywhere on the event grounds.
  • Guns are not allowed on the event grounds.

HANDICAPPED INFORMATION

Disabled persons may use Handicapped Scooters & Motorized Wheelchairs. Other forms of transportation such as golf carts, ATV, UTV, etc may be used and must have a special placard displayed on their transportation at all times while on the grounds. This placard is available from the Sno-Barons. There is no parking onsite for handicap however the local neighbor lots do provide parking and are adjacent to the Hay Days grounds. Please check the map for exact locations of pay parking lots.

Required Documentation

1. You must present proof of your disability in the form of a doctor’s statement or letter of acceptance for a state handicapped plate/mirror hang card stating the name of the person wishing to bring the vehicle in to Haydays.

2. You must present proof of liability insurance for the vehicle you are bringing in one of the following forms:

a. A copy of the insurance policy naming the vehicle you are planning to use at HayDays

b. If the vehicle is not directly named on the policy, a copy of the  policy the vehicle is covered by and a letter from your insurance company showing the policy number that covers the vehicle that you are bringing.

3. Documentation must be presented at the Spectator Gates. Failure to bring required documentation named above will result in denial of entry for the vehicle. If entering on Friday as a swap seller, the documentation must be presented at the Swap Gate entrance.

Rules and Regulations

1. Golf carts are preferred to four wheelers. 1000cc RZR’s and Wildcats are not allowed.

2. Only one additional person is allowed to ride on the vehicle as long as that can be accomplished in a safe manner.

3. Speed must be kept to a minimum when moving about the grounds.

4. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited for the driver of the vehicle.

5. Keep a copy of your paperwork with you while you are at Haydays.

6. Pedestrians have the right of way.

Questions regarding these policies can be emailed to hcaccess@snobarons.com

Failure to comply and follow these requirements and rules will result in the vehicle not being allowed into or being removed from the Haydays event.

NOTE: If you are entering Friday as a swapper, you will need to present your paperwork at the Swap Gate during check in.