Lots to do during annual IMOA show in Sheboygan

The deadline for registering for the 2017 annual International Mercury Owners’ Association show is coming up fast.

The show will be held Sept. 7-9 in Sheboygan, Wis., with the host hotel being the Blue Harbor Resort and Convention Center, located on the shore of Lake Michigan.

A visit to the famous Road America facility in Elkhart Lake is a highlight of this year’s show, including members being able to drive their cars on the 4-mile, 14-turn racetrack.

The Road America visit will be held on Thursday, Sept. 7, while the judged car show and awards presentation are on Saturday, Sept. 9, at the resort. The registration deadline is Aug. 7.

The Road America visit includes a shuttle tour of the interior of its Motorplex and the grounds surrounding the facility. It will end with members being able to take paced laps on its 4-mile, 14-turn racetrack.

Registration forms start on Page 45 and are also available as downloadable PDFs from the IMOA Web site (www.mercuryclub.com).

Friday offers a visit to the Kohler Factory and Design Center in the morning. Members are on their own for the afternoon and evening.

Suggestions for Friday afternoon and evening include golfing at either the Whistling Straits or Blackwolf Run golf courses, a visit to the Blind Horse Winery or just cruising through the scenic nearby Kettle Moraine State Forest area, only about 15 minutes from Sheboygan.

Whistling Straits is one of the great U.S. championship courses, having hosted the 2004, 2010 and 2015 PGA Championships and the 2007 U.S. Senior Open, and it is the future site of the 2020 Ryder Cup.

Whistling Straits offers two courses of dynamic contrast and world-class prestige. Open, rugged and windswept terrain defines the Straits, sculpted along two miles of Lake Michigan shoreline. Borrowing influences from Irish links courses, the Straits has fescue fairways and massive sand dune bunkers.

Just inland, interspersed by four meandering streams, the grassland and dunes aspect of the Irish is a deceiving tranquil landscape.

The course was crafted by hall-of-fame designer Pete Dye and is ranked among the best in the United States.

Blackwolf Run, also designed by Dye, has hosted a number of professional champion-ships, including the Andersen Consulting World Golf Champion-ships in 1995, 1996 and 1997, as well as the U.S. Women’s Open in 1998 and 2012.

Details on both courses can be found at www. americanclubresort .com/golf.

Another suggestion for Friday afternoon is a visit to the Blind Horse Winery (www.theblindhorse .com). The establishment combines a Napa Valley style restaurant with a world class winery. It is nestled on seven beautifully landscaped acres near the village of Kohler.

For those who are interested in cruising, the Kettle Moraine State Forest (http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks /name/kmn/) is only about 15 minutes away.

The area was formed by glaciers and is distinguished by very hilly terrain and glacial landforms, such as kettles, kames and eskers.