HALE – Back for its seventh annual run is the Michigan Mud Jam, also known as the Largest Bog in the North.
Huge trucks and acres of mud will again be the focal point of the event, which will be held at the Iosco County Fairgrounds on M-65 in downtown Hale.
Mud Jam will begin Tuesday, Aug. 13, and run through Saturday, Aug. 17.
All events will take place at the fairgrounds, except for the Tuesday night Tug of War on day one of Mud Jam. This will be held at The Hard Hat Bar & Grill in Hale, located at 1942 M-65, beginning at 7 p.m.
Those who arrive early, starting at 4 p.m., will be able to take part in a meet-and-greet with Dennis Anderson and Weston Anderson, who will be on site for autographs and photos with their mud trucks – King Sling and Bog Hog.
For the events at the fairgrounds, camping is included with tickets and the prices listed below for general admission are per person, with all ages being the same cost:
Wednesday through Sunday, Aug. 14-18, $70; Thursday through Sunday, $60; Friday through Sunday, $50; Saturday and Sunday, $40.
Dogs will be allowed on the site, at a cost of $50 each, and they must be leashed at all times.
Camping is on a first-come, first-served basis, and saving spots is not allowed. Visitors are also asked to carpool when possible, due to limited space.
Those who obtained early entry tickets will be able to settle in at the fairgrounds beginning at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 13. General admission tickets will be sold at the gate only, starting on Aug. 14.
It is noted that attendees will be entering at their own risk, and parental discretion is advised for the event.
Mud Jam goers will also be required to sign a waiver upon entry, and provide valid ID while doing so. No minors will be allowed on the grounds without an adult.
Activities on Wednesday will include mega truck sled pulls at 7 p.m. in the grandstands.
Thursday’s events will consist of open pit times beginning at 9 a.m., as well as a Heads Up race at 6 p.m., featuring Northern Mud Outlaws Series.
For Friday, open pits will be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a mega truck freestyle at 6 p.m. Capping off the evening will be a tug of war at dusk in the grandstands.
On the final day of Mud Jam, Saturday, open pit times will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
A bounty hole event has been slated for 1 p.m., with another tug of war set to take place at dusk.
Organizers note that all activities are subject to time change or cancellation.
Food, ice and firewood will be among the items available for purchase while at the event site.
A complete list of rules for both participants and spectators is available on the Michigan Mud Jam website, but some of the main items to take note of are listed as follows:
• All mud trucks must be brought in by trailer.
• All vehicles entering the fairgrounds are subject to a search, including but not limited to, coolers, campers, trunks and so on.
• Glass is prohibited at the site, and will be confiscated.
• No sport quads, firearms, fireworks, drinking and driving or underage drinking will be allowed.
• All motorized vehicles are to be shut down by dark, no exceptions.
• There is to be no trespassing on neighboring property, and legal action will be taken against violators.
• Event goers are to pick up any messes they make.
• All state and federal laws will apply at the grounds.
• No two- or three-wheelers are allowed, including bicycles.
• All-terrain and utility vehicles must have a flag which reaches 10 feet from the ground.
• Careless driving in the camping/parking areas will not be permitted, and a speed limit of five miles per hour will be enforced.
• A roll cage is recommended for trucks entering the play area, but is mandatory for any of the freestyle events, during which helmets are also required.
• All vehicles must have a solid pull point on the front and rear of the machine.
• Campers, who are allowed to utilize generators, must use a ring if having a bonfire.
• Spectators must be conscious of their surroundings and give the trucks some room, while drivers must be aware of pedestrians, keep their windshields as clean as possible and obey the five miles-per-hour rule when not in the mud pit.
For more information, e-mails may be sent to Melissa Streeter at Melissa@michiganmudjam.com.