Thursday, 13 July 2017 07:00

Pincher Creek is ready to roll in the mud July 15

Written by  Demi Knight
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Vehicles will be hitting the mud once again in Pincher Creek as the community hosts Chinook Mud Races July 15. Vehicles will be hitting the mud once again in Pincher Creek as the community hosts Chinook Mud Races July 15. Photo contributed

Pincher Creek is hosting its annual Pincher Mud Bog July 15. The annual dirty truck, mud-slinging fun event returns once again this year for the members of the community to enjoy.

The event, which is part of the Chinook Mud Races, brings together enthusiasts of the mud-racing sport across southern Alberta to share their love of one of the biggest motor sports across northern America.
Greg Chartier, president and race participant, says the events are a lot of fun to not only participate in, but also to watch from the sidelines and enjoy the other activities that the day has to offer.
“It’s fun to watch trucks with lots of horsepower work to get through the pits,” he says. “There’s also activities for kids and people who don’t like getting a little muddy. It’s a fun afternoon outing that is a little different that lots of other sports.”
The Pincher Mud bog is open for all the public to attend, whether that means entering the races or just enjoying a day of fun in the sun.
With children’s activities, beer gardens, food trucks and of course the main event of racing, the event has everything necessary for people to spend the day outdoors with family and friends.
The mud pit which stretches 200 feet and is more than 18 inches deep sees trucks of all kinds racing for the finish line and splashing mounds of mud on their way.
With a large audience in attendance, Chartier says the Pincher Creek event has the public coming out in full force to participate. 
“Last year, we had around 800 to 1,000 people in attendance with 79 truck entries and we’re hoping for the same or more again this year.”
However, it’s not all just fun and games. The event also helps the community raise money for a good cause. Proceeds made from the day will go towards Pincher Creek Football Club and Pincher Creek Elks to help in worthy causes these organizations support. 
“I’m happy to say we raised $5,500 for the Pincher Creek Elks which used the money to help build a wheelchair-accessible van for a local family, and we also raised $5,000 for the Mustangs High School Football team in one day,” says Chartier of the donations the event pulls in to better the community.
This year’s event will be held on the south end of Range Road 290 in Pincher Creek and a free shuttle will be offered into the main town of Pincher Creek, should participants have a little too much fun in the beer gardens during the day’s events.
The mud races are set to begin this year at 11 a.m. and entry to the event is $50 and free for children younger than 12.
This mud race is just one of a string of races happening throughout southern Alberta this summer as part of the Chinook Mud racing events, with Coaldale and Brooks events already having taken place in early June. Raymond, Taber, Cardston and Medicine Hat are gearing up for their events later in July and August.

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