Andrews Mud Bogs seeks trucks for competition

A contestant in a past year’s Andrews Mud Bogs tries to power through the mire. The event, sponsored by the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24. TAB file photo.

Trucks of all shapes and sizes will show off their muscle on Saturday, Aug. 24, during the Andrews Mud Bogs.

The competition, sponsored by the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department, pits machine against mud as drivers steer their trucks into a goop-filled pit until the tires stop spinning.

The pit is located in a vacant lot at the end of Terrell Street, off Main Street. The water is supplied by the fire department.

"We put water in it, stir it up and make a big, muddy mess," says Junior Jones, one of the volunteers working on the event. "They try to get through the pit from one end to the other."

Any four-wheel-drive truck can enter the event, Jones says. No cut tires are allowed; all tires must be DOT-approved. Trucks will compete in several classes, including a stock class, a class for six-cylinder trucks and classes divided by tire size.

There's even a class for pint-sized drivers, Jones says.

A Power Wheels competition will be held about midway through the main contest, giving the older drivers a chance to take a break and grab some lunch.

The younger contestants must bring their own battery operated Power Wheel. While there's no age limit, Jones notes that competitors must be able to fit inside the Power Wheel.

Last year, he says, that contest drew about 17 Power Wheel competitors. The regular mud bogs draw between 25 and 40 trucks from across the area, Jones says.

Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and entry fees will be collected at that time. Competition will start about 11:30 a.m. and continue until 5 or 6 p.m., Jones says.

Spectators can also buy tickets at the gate. Lunch and other concession items will be available.

For information, call Jones at 519-1935.