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Dirt Don’t Hurt

By Staff | Aug 10, 2016

Photo by Miles Layton Tyler County Fair Queen Seminole Weekley (center) watched the races with (left) Bella Garuccio — Jr. Miss Tyler County Fair — and (right) Lidia Midcap Tyler County Fair Pre-teen — all of whom wore their crowns and sashes.

MIDDLEBOURNE – Dessie Weekley and her daughter, Seminole, had front row seats at Saturday’s Mud Bog competition at the Tyler County Fairgrounds.

“This is something we do as a family,” Dessie Weekley said.

Tyler County Fair Queen, Seminole Weekley, added, “Watching the Mud Bog is a lot of fun.”

Videos can be viewed at the Tyler Star News Facebook site.

The vehicles, of many make and model that have a lot of horsepower, have to travel through a mud pit about 100 yards long, more or less.

Photo by Miles Layton The Tyler County Fair featured hours worth of mud bog racing on Saturday.

The pit is not some mud puddle filled with a couple inches of water after a shower, but a bog that is a few feet deep.

By its very nature, mud is sticky. That said, earlier riders have the challenge of surging through mud that has not been mixed and churned by riders after several runs as later drivers do.

That means, drivers get at least another run through the bog to make things fair.

And these vehicles are not ordinary contraptions.

They engines rumbled like thunder. Many of them are mounted on gigantic well-grooved tires that should make quick work of the bog. A trip across the bog might take 4 seconds. One vehicle got stuck for what seemed like an eternity but was really about two seconds. Another coasted through the mucky mess as if it were warm butter. No matter what, tires spun of streams of mud like an out of control blender mixing chocolate cake batter.

Dessie Weekley, who is very knowledgeable a explained how the race through mud bog works to the initiated.

“You get hooked,” she said. “When they get stuck in the mud, the drivers get mad when have to be pulled out. The goal is to make it all the way through.”

A yellow and green beast of a machine came rolling up to the start line.

“They’ll have a good run with that one,” she said.

People on the front row of the bleachers may have been able to feel their rib cages rattle and/or had to cover their ears as the driver stomped the throttle as he sped toward the pit. The mud slowed the mean machine, but not really. Dessie Weekley said the area is known for good mud bog racing. She remembered one particular bog run between a husband and wife.

“The husband went first, then the wife. They drove the exact same vehicle. She beat him. He was mad,” Weekley said with a smile.

To those readers who may hail from big cities, make a trip to Tyler or Wetzel counties for a little mud bog action. You won’t regret it.