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Mud & More in the Heartland

Posted in Events on September 1, 1998
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Photographers: Rick Péwé

Minnesota is best known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but if you look a little harder, you can find at least that many mud holes. As popular as mud whumpin' is in this area, it only makes sense to make an event out of it, which is exactly what Bob Schmidt did. Bob sets up two days of play each month of the summer 60 miles northwest of Minneapolis on his father's farm, which is complete with a big mud pit, an obstacle course, and more. And he calls all the fun Mud & More.

Bob started out using the land near the shores of Lake Pelican as his own playground and testing ground. Eventually he brought some friends over for the dirty fun, then two years ago he started it as a regular event, right down to the concession stands and tow tractors used to unstick the unfortunate. This year's first weekend drew almost 2,000 people, with the spectators sitting on a hill overlooking the action below. With a happening of this size descending on his farm, Bob enlisted the aid of the Minnesota Swamp Bucks 4x4 Club to handle all of the security and organization, and the Minnesota 4-Wheel Drive Association brought out a ramp for the articulating few.

When the big boys started to play, they didn't even bother putting it in four-wheel drive. This allowed all kinds of slip-sliding to happen, and if the going got too deep or sloppy, a quick flip of the lever launched the rig to safety.

This year's four summer weekends of fun will be over by the time you read this, but Bob already has plans for next year's galas. For more information, call him at 612/263-6099. If you're into mud, this is the place to be.

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