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HJ Norman, Valley City, recently opened a mud park southeast of town, and plans to host a bash this Labor Day weekend, complete with off-road mudding, live music and camping.
The event will be held at Winkler Offroad Park, owned by Bill Winkler and run by Triple Twisted Motorsports, of which Norman is president. The park, located two miles south and one mile east off Interstate 94 exit 298, has five sloughs available for off-road mudding with trucks and ATVs/UTVs.
A barn dance will be held every night, featuring a live disc jockey Friday, Aug. 30; two live rock bands, Three Card Molly and Really Big, Saturday, Aug. 31; and a DJ Sunday, Sept. 1.
"Friday night will probably be like a country (music) night," Norman said.
On Saturday, local radio station Big Dog Country will be on site during the afternoon, and in the evening, Three Card Molly will take the stage around 6:30, and Really Big will begin performing around 9:30.
Park hours are 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday-Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.
Cost for the event is $40 per person for a four-day pass; $15 per person for a day pass; or $5 per person for the barn dance only. Anyone 18-years-old and under must have a parent's signature to attend the bash. The form is available at tripletwistedmotorsports.com or on the group's Facebook site.
Norman said people can bring any type of vehicle, ATV or UTV, but no motorcycles or dirt bikes.
"We're going to have five sloughs available," Norman said. "Some vary for depth, and some are bigger. And then we'll have an ATV pit."
Camping is available, but people will have to supply their own electricity and water.
"Bring your coolers and your choice of beverage," he said, adding that they plan to have a food vendor on site.
Norman, the owner of two lifted pickup trucks that he rebuilt with the ability to drive through deep mud and sloughs, opened the off-road park and held a similar event a couple weekends ago.
He plans to open the park every weekend starting next summer and host big events on holiday weekends. During the winter months, the park will be open every other weekend.
Read this story in Wednesday's Times-Record.