Mud bog a monster success

By Jeffrey Kanode for RealWV,


Alderson’s 62nd annual Fourth of July celebration included its first mud bog.

To understand the characteristics of a mud bog, think NASCAR or drag racing–except big trucks not cars–and imagine mud, not asphalt or dirt as the racing surface.

Event organizer and mud bog driver Mitchell Thompson estimates that around 1,000 people came out to watch the event that featured two main events—the speed pit, or drag race, and the mud race, a stock-car style oval race.

Brent Baldwin (blue and gold truck) from Renick, WV, races Justin and Hunter Tanner (American flag truck) of Chloe, WV. Photo by Mitchell Thompson.

Around 50 drivers entered their trucks, including such notables as Glen Ours in his rail buggy, and the Tanner Racing Crew from Chloe, West Virginia. “They are a family of racers,” Thompson explained, “a father, son, and grandson team.”

On the left, the light jade truck trailing a dovetail of mud is R.J. Hefner from Renick, WV, and on the right, Glen Ours from Petersburg, WV in his rail buggy. Photo by Mitchell Thompson.

According to Thompson, the mud bog attracted other drivers from points as distant as New Castle, Virginia, and Petersburg, West Virginia. “They probably drove, four, four and a half hours to get here—Petersburg is close to the Ohio border,” he said. Drivers also came from Weston and Charleston, along with local entrants representing Renick and Alderson. “Everyone who came was fast. Everyone put on a show. Everyone had a blast,” Thompson noted.

This first Alderson Fourth of July Celebration Mug Bog (technically held in Glen Ray) experienced a few challenges here and there, Thompson conceded. “We had a few glitches we need to fix for next year, but overall the event went off extremely well,” he said.

Thompson indicated that a couple of members of the Alderson Fourth of July Celebration committee have already given him the proverbial “green flag” to begin planning next year’s event, with the understanding that issues and details for 2024 will be worked out in future meetings, beginning later this summer. “People are very excited for next year. We are definitely going to do it again. We’ll talk with the committee to discuss what we can do better, what we can add for next year,” he said.


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