During the summer I love to drive around on my quad and explore the sites. I usually only get out three of four times during the year, but it is worthwhile!
I was just looking at my calendar and realized that this coming weekend, May 27 & 28, is a big deal for people who are in to riding Motorcycles and Four-wheelers. I was really involved in the Forbidden Ride in 2009 & 2010, but am just singing at the BBQ afterwards this year. Make sure to sign up for the events if you are in to either of these two sports! The South Huron Mud Boggn event is the first annual and I have heard that many people have signed up to make their way through the mud.
On May 27 and 28, 2011, the streets of Perth Huron will be filled with the sound of roaring motorcycles cruising their way from Shakespeare to Goderich as they take a Forbidden Ride.
Perth and Huron Counties have once again partnered together to support the Perth Big Brothers and Big Sisters organizations while offering all motorcycle enthusiasts a fun weekend adventure they’ll never forget. The Forbidden Ride weekend will kick off with a police escorted ride through downtown Stratford to the Stratford Avon Theater for ‘Biker’s Night’. See the rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar on May 27 and save 25%! To save, call the Stratford Shakespeare Festival box office at 1-800-567-1600 or go online at www.stratfordshakespearefestival.com with promotion code 36815 to get your tickets!
On Saturday morning, participants are encouraged to visit one of our many fantastic restaurants for a delicious breakfast. Then be sure to browse through some of the unique shops before heading to the Perth County Welcome Centre and Artisan Market in Shakespeare to begin the Forbidden Ride. The cost to participate in the ride is $30.00 for the first rider and $15.00 for a passenger, with all of the proceeds being donated to the Perth Big Brothers and Big Sisters organizations.
The Forbidden Ride will take you from countryside to coastline, with bikers stopping in at least 5 different towns to collect stamps on the “roads less travelled”. You will stop at various attractions throughout the two counties to explore the exciting landscapes and forbidden finds we have to offer! It will end with a savoury BBQ featuring local foods, live music and great prizes will await you.
Dubbed “South Huron Mud Bogg’n 2011,” the event will allow ATV and utility vehicle owners to race through mud pits at Country Corners Rent-All and neighbouring property, at the south end of Exeter.
Participants will be divided into 10 different classes, with winners decided either by the distance travelled through a pit, or the time they take to make it through.
A partnership of Country Corners Rent-All and the Municipality of South Huron, the event will also serve as this year’s major fundraiser for the MainStreets Exeter downtown revitalization project.
Country Corners hosted a similar event in 2009 – a cancer fundraiser in memory of Mike Lightfoot that was well-attended.
South Huron Mud Bogg’n 2011 will run all day, with vendors opening at around 8 a.m. according to Peter Armstrong, chairperson of the MainStreets Exeter promotion committee.
ATV dealers and food vendors are expected to be on hand, and races are slated to run from about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There are plans to have a shuttle bus running hourly from Mud Bogg’n to downtown Exeter, where spectators can shop or dine.
Organizers hope to park the shuttle at the Exeter Parkette, where it’s expected Big Brothers Big Sisters South Huron will hold a fundraising barbecue.
Registrants for Mudd Bogg’n 2011 include those from as far away as Hamilton and Dunnville, according to Armstrong.
“People are coming a distance just to have the opportunity to play in the mud for a day,” he said.
Those participating must provide their own ATV or utility vehicle, and the hope is Mudd Bogg’n will become an annual event.
“We expect this to snowball into quite a large event year after year,” Armstrong said.
Organizers are looking for volunteers to help out, offering free admission and a free T-shirt as compensation.
Those interested can contact Mark Cassidy at MainStreets Exeter. Vendor space is still available, and registration for mud bogging itself was still open at press time.
For more information, visit http://www.mudboggn.com