October 21, 2014

Big Bend Family Campground to hold mud bog Sept. 14

9/4/13

ARENAC TWP. — The Big Bend Family Campground is planning on holding its semi-annual mud bog Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. until around 7 p.m.

According to Richelle Vaughan, co-owner of the campground, the program will open with the competition run at 11:30 a.m., during which trucks in five different classes — based on modifications and tire size — each take two runs through the mud pit. They are judged on time to reach the finish line, or barring that, the length driven, and the top three finishers in each class will receive trophies, Vaughan said.

“They hold it wide open and go until they get stuck,” Vaughan said. “Then we have a recovery system to get them out.”

Once the competitive runs are finished, she said the field will be opened to anyone who has signed up to run through the mud.

“Some of them get stuck, and like to spin their tires and fling mud up at the audience,” Vaughan said. “They put on a bit of a show.”

She said the campground has had people bring trucks, jeeps, and homemade rigs built from a mix of junkyard parts to run in the mud in past events. Registering a vehicle for the “free play” period costs $20, or for $25 a vehicle can be entered in both the competition and the free play mud bogs, Vaughan said.

She added there is a strict “no alcohol” rule in the mud pit, and inebriated drivers will not be allowed to run the course for safety reasons.

Admission fees for spectators are $5 for adults and children older than 8, and free for children younger than 8. Vaughan said there will be a food wagon on-site selling concessions, and a DJ to do the announcing and to play music.

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