Growing up in my time we would celebrate the Fourth of July with baseball, hotdogs, and fireworks. Many years later that list of activities has remained the same, but now I can add mud bogs.
The July celebrations in Superior, Wyoming, started off with a trip down the main street of the town. The Sweetwater County sheriff led the parade (they cannot write you tickets if you are behind the Law), followed by Superior's fire department. Some of the townspeople, along with the mud bog competitors, trailed in the parade that led up to the mud pit. As the vehicles passed through town, candy was thrown to the kids standing along the route.
After everyone made it to the bog site there was a drivers meeting. Drivers were told that they would be making four runs—two each day over the two-day event—and their best score would be the final mark. Our national anthem was sung, and then the boggin' action started. First out was the Open class—someone has to mix the mud for the rest of the competitors! It was not till the second round when the mud really started flying—clear into the stands.
The competition second round usually starts off in reverse order, but some drivers had mechanical issues and were not able to make it into the round. Those who did make it gave it their all. Some of the competitors succumbed to the bog as it held them back and away from the finish.
The second day's action was just as great as the first day. The mud had thinned out some from a rainstorm that passed through town the prior evening. As the drivers blasted through the mud, the crowd got a good taste as the thinner mud was flung even farther. All the racers improved their time from the day prior.
After the races, a dash for cash through the mud was opened for the kids. Ten dollars to the top four and a bath for everyone else. Some prizes even went to the runners-up. It was a very cool event that these kids will never forget and great memories for all.
All the First Place winners received trophies made by Dominic Wolf. The trophies were built from recycled motor parts that had accumulated over the years.
It was another great year for the Superior Event Committee July mud bogs. If you ever find yourself in Wyoming with your tow rig and mudder in the first part of July, you need to come race.