The Ford Soccer Skills Challenge came to the National Sports Center in Blaine, and North Country Ford Lincoln provided the vehicles and support for the huge October event, which gathered 3,000 to 4,000 people for soccer.
North Country’s participation was in conjunction with Ford-issued checks to the Dakota REV Soccer Club and the National Sports Center Foundation. The “Ford Drive 4 UR Community” program promotes exercise and competitive fun for children ages 8 to 13.
North Country staffers answered questions about Ford products, registered attendees for contests and games and made every model available to test drive, said North Country new car biller Amy Truchinski.
The number one test car was the Ford C-MAX Energi, said Sales Manager Brad Eyler, which is similar to the Ford Focus, but electric.
“Everybody who drove the cars liked the fact the cars were out there, but to drive them hassle free, no strings attached,” said Eyler. “From that standpoint people enjoyed it.”
A total of nine vehicles were available all day for teams and spectators from all over the Midwest. North Country had nine staff members on hand to help out, including three from the office, the service manager, and people from other departments.