By Tony Wittkowski | Reporter | MLive – Muskegon Chronicle
MUSKEGON, MI — Muskegon Community College is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Snurfer’s invention with an exhibit in the Hendrik Meijer Library on campus, 221 S. Quarterline Road, from Dec. 1-March 31.
The library exhibit will feature photographs of the World Championship Snurfing competition hosted by MCC, an array of vintage Snurfer boards, clothing and more for four months.
“MCC was an integral part of what became the Snurfer exhibitions in 1968,” said Ron Pesch, a local historian and organizer of the exhibit. “Back in the day, it was a big deal. Its real impact was on the kids who were fans of that sport that went on to modify it and create snowboarding. So, it had an impact on a national scale.”
The library hours are 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. on Mondays-Thursdays, 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Fridays and 1-6 p.m. on Sundays. The library will be closed for the holidays Dec. 24-Jan. 5.
A special reception will be held 3-5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, when the library will honor the invention of the iconic winter sport in Muskegon, as well as MCC’s special place in its early growth. The event is free and open to the public.
The MCC exhibit is part of a yearlong celebration of the Snurfer’s invention by Muskegon’s Sherman Poppen.
The Snurfer was featured this fall in a Travel Channel segment called “Granddaddy of Snowboarding,” as well as in the November edition of Michigan History Magazine.
(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Dec. 2, 2014)