Get ready for a monster of a good time next weekend as Iron Mountain Resort prepares to host the Southern Bounty Mud Race and Concert.
According to Iron Mountain Resort Spokeswoman Kalie Smith, the festivities will kick off on Friday, May 21, with off-road scavenger hunt challenges and a bonfire. Campsites will be available for rent, while trails at the resort will be open for those with jeeps, four-wheelers or dirt bikes.
But the main attraction will be on Saturday, May 22, when professional drivers from all over the Southeast will take part in a mud bog truck race.
“We’ve partnered with a group called the Southern Bounty Series and they’re putting together a six-race mud bog championship all over the Southeast,” Smith said. “These are like monster trucks built for mud; they’re 40-inch tires, like up to your shoulder and they go through these kinds of drag strips with mud in it.”
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The races will be timed, and the drivers will race for a $9,500 cash bounty. According to Smith, this month’s race will be one of two races in the competition that will take place at Iron Mountain, with the possibility of a third race in the future.
“They’re coming to our park twice, this month and then again in October,” Smith said. “At the end of the six races they do a poll to the racers and the audience to see who their favorite park was and whoever they vote gets the third race for the championship.”
Between races, Smith said there will be an intermission with a rubber ducky float race, food trucks and lots of opportunities for family fun.
“They have an intermission to work on their machine or something, so we’re gonna have a rubber ducky float race where people are paddling on massive duck floats,” Smith said. “And then we’ll have family activities in the afternoon, so bouncy houses, tons of vendors and shopping and cool stuff, and you can also ride our trails on your jeep, four-wheeler or dirt bike.”
On Saturday evening, the day’s festivities will conclude with a concert by country artist Craig Campbell. Smith said that camping will be available all weekend, and that vendors and more off-road scavenger hunts will continue on Sunday, May 23.
Weekend passes for the event include entry for the whole weekend, one machine park pass, one ticket to the race and one ticket to the concert. The weekend passes are $75 per adult and $25 for children ages eight through 15.
For more information on Iron Mountain’s upcoming race weekend events, go to http://bit.ly/ironmountainmay22.