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Wednesday, 03 July 2013 09:42

Getting down and dirty with Hilda Mud Bog

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Rosemary had one over the Canada Day weekend and in a few weeks, it's Hilda's turn.

The 3rd Annual Hilda and Community Association Mud Bog goes July 20 at the Hilda Sports Grounds starting around noon.
If you've never heard of mud bogging, the premise is simple, vehicles of all shapes and sizes get around a dirt course which travels over hills and flat lands and is basically so saturated with water creating a sloppy muddy and yes, fantastically fun mess.
The trucks and jeeps which get around the course the fastest are the winners.
Jamie Ehret, one of the eight organizers of the Hilda mud-fest, is expecting 30-40 trucks to be entered in the event.
"Everyone is in charge of themselves," said Ehret. "It's more of a hobby league and not professional."
There's a cash pot to be won and there's also a foot race from one end of the pit to the other for both men and women which should provide for some interesting visuals.
Drivers from not only the Hilda area, but Taber, Pollockville, southeast Alberta, southwest Sask. and even Montana will come up for the event.
Ehret said it's the biggest event in Hilda that started after someone had gone to a similar event.
"We had got into there in Seven Persons," explained Ehret. "We hadn't run a sports for a while so we tried to do do something to get people involved. Last year, we got 300 spectators out. I didn't expect it. It's the only big thing that happens in Hilda during the year."
The race is part of the Chinook Mud Racing league. According to the CMR Facebook page, it's a place for "Mudder's of Southern Alberta, Northern Montana and Southeast B.C to communicate and share about Mud Boggs."
For Hilda, (population: 37 according to 2011 Census), there's a lot of work to put this event on.  "It does take a lot of work," explained Ehret. "When the day comes, we've got to get everyone rolling. Volunteers running the gate, officials, concession. It's busy but the spectators love it. I remember my grandpa came from Medicine Hat to see it and loved it. It was kind of surprising."
Ehret said there will be concession and a beer gardens with the racing itself winding up at around 6:30 p.m.
Future mud bogs on the Chinook Mud Racing circuit will go July 27 in Raymond, Aug. 10 in Cardston and Aug. 17 in Medicine Hat at the drag strip as well as the Taber Mud Bog Aug. 24.
Questions on Hilda's event, call Ehret at 403-504-6265. Those out-of town wanting to go to the Hilda event, should watch for signs once the reach the Hilda turn-off on Highway 41,

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