Muddy but mobile

Last week’s constant rain made for deep, slick mud at the 2011 Mud Fest Saturday near Holley.

“The weather was good,” said Don Frick, a volunteer and member of the South Santiam Four-Wheelers Assocation. It was raining in the early morning, but it backed off as drivers started plowing through the mud.

The Mud Fest was held on private property a little west of Holley, off Highway 228.

The mud was especially good this year, he said. “I think it was because of the weather. People had a lot of fun with it.”

The association had everyone in by 9 a.m., Frick said. “For being as muddy as it was, we actually had them all out by dark.”

“I’ve got to give the crowd credit,” he said. “They never showed up at 4 in the morning. They came when they were supposed to.”

At 5 a.m., the site had three vehicles lined up, he said. The association started letting participants in at 6 a.m.

The roads looked fine, and so far, the association hadn’t heard any complaints, Frick said. “It was a pretty successful year, I thought.”

By Monday, the association still had a little bit of cleaning up to do, and they were planning to meet and figure out ways to make next year even better, Frick said. That’s something the club’s members always try to do.

~Photo by Sean C. Morgan