Getting down and dirty
Hermosa mud bog season a family-friendly good time
Published: Thursday, May 17th, 2012
Things are about to get dirty in Hermosa.
Starting May 19, the annual Hermosa Mud Bog will begin, with a summer of mud racing, prizes and family-friendly fun on tap.
Mud Bogging is a form of off-road motorsport, in which the goal is to drive a vehicle through a track of mud pits of a set length. Winners are determined by the distance traveled through the track. However, if several vehicles are able to travel the entire length, the fastest time taken to traverse the pits will determine the winner. Typically, vehicles competing in mud bogs are four-wheel drives.
Mike Barck of Rapid City has been competiting in the mud bogs for four years, after hearing about it and being taken to it by a coworker. After that, he was hooked.
“It’s a good time,”â��he said. “It’s really good for the guys who drive around and go tear up people’s land.”
Each race averages around 30 participants in four different categories—rancher, super stock, modified and powder puff. Each participant pays an entry fee, and those fees are used to do a 100 percent payout to winners. New for this year is a points system that will crown a points champion at the end of the year. Money raised from ticket sales are donated to area non-profits selected by the Hermosa Mud Bog Association.
Barck competes in both the super stock and modified categories, and said he has put a lot of work into his truck for competition. However, with all the different categories, one does not need to sink a great deal of money into their vehicle to compete.
Although participants must be at least 18, the event isn’t just for adults. There are 50/50 drawings and prize raffles for kids, and there are foot races through the mud for money, seperated into different age groups. The prizes are donated by Dan and Deb Holsworth of Hermosa. Lunch is available as well.
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