Mud Drags draw big crowd to Bandana
by Kelly Paul
Bandana - A great amount of entrepreneurial spirit was experienced this past Saturday as spectators (men, women, and children) made their way out to Bandana to sit on the edge of a corn field to have a great time watching ATV racing in the dirt and mud.
The Independence Races and Mud Bogs held at the Bandana Mud Park drew in a crowd of approximately 400 people eager to extend their 4th of July celebration, and what better way to do that then to come together and play in the dirt?
With live music courtesy of the Clint Fisher Band out of Benton, the sidelines were full as participants raced their way down the dirt track in anticipation of a good-sized cash payout and a trophy. And if clouds of dirt swirling in the wake of the ATV speedsters weren’t enough, the mud runs and mud bog pit attempts were sure to have the crowd on its feet.
Event coordinator Crystal Poloski was excited about hosting the event on her family’s property. The piece of land, which until this past March really served no purpose, is now drawing people from across the state as well as Missouri and Illinois, according to Poloski.
The Mud Park, located at the end of Allen Street in Bandana, offers Dirt Drags, Mud Runs and Mud Bogs every other Saturday. Crystal and her husband Kenneth had started the mud races three years ago, but some medical issues caused them to put their plans on hold. Now, the Mud Park is drawing in more people than ever as the Poloski’s idea is bringing new life into Bandana.
The Independence Races and Mud Bogs was just one of many events to come. Kenneth says they will keep having the bi-weekly events up until it is too cold and icy to continue. After that, the Mud Park will start up again when the weather allows.
This past Saturday’s event was special in that it was dedicated to Michael Paul Davis, who died while riding an ATV on Friday. Davis had been really involved with the Mud Park. Crystal said she had considered canceling the event, but friends told her that Davis would have wanted it to go on as planned.
Several area businesses sponsored the event with donations for door prizes. A cedar swing donated by Cedar Chips in Barlow, which was meant to be given as a door prize, ended up being raffled off to raise money for Davis’ family.
To finish off a fun day at the Mud Park, spectators were treated to a fireworks display.
Entry into the Mud Park is a low $5 with a $20 fee to participate. Gates open at 2 p.m. with events starting at 4:00.