If you’ve never been to an off-road event, your first muddin’ adventure can be a culture shock. People of all ages attend these events, both men and women, and most of them mean business. For many, off-roading isn’t just a pastime, it’s a way of life, and people will drive in from down the road, or the next state over just to take part and watch others take a trail by storm.
So, what should you expect during your first off-roading even? Well, it will depend on the size, location, and your participation level, but here are a few of the things you can expect to experience.
Adventure and Family Fun
One of the best things about major off-road events is that they are designed for the American family. Playgrounds, camp grounds, and bounce houses are often in play to entertain children while the adults operate heavy machinery. There’s always plenty to do and see, with remote control car racing for youngsters, swimming holes to cool off in, and vendor stalls to get grub and merchandise.
Activities include tug of war, racing, obstacle courses, and more. There are often evens for adults, and junior drivers, although some only cater to the over 18 group. Guided trail rides, plenty of mud, and all the off-roading you can take in a weekend await you at many of the 2017 events.
Before you register, visit the official website of the event you are considering, or contact the organizer for details. Ask about pets, kids, and costs, as well as food and accommodations.
If there’s one thing that off-roaders know how to do, it’s eat, which is why there are always so many great food options at events. From vendor stalls loaded with nachos, burgers, dogs, and chips, to full-on barbeques and end of weekend buffets, you’re sure to find something for everyone.
Some events offer café and saloon style fare, with ala carte options and a drink menu, while others are strictly food truck stalls. Do some research beforehand to determine whether you should pack your own food from home as well. Many weekend long excursions include a camp site where fires are permitted for cooking.
If you’re buying a ticket to a barbeque or breakfast buffet, inquire about allergies beforehand.
The off-roading community is just that, a network of likeminded individuals out for fun and adventure. You can meet people who share you interest, and bond over the latest GMC pickup or cast your doubts on whether the Flames will make the playoffs. Many attendees travel in from out of town or out of state to attend, and do so a few times a year. This is a great opportunity to meet new people, and make friends for the next event.
Plenty of Extras
Amidst all the muddy off-roading excitement there are plenty of extras to enjoy. While trail blazing and muddy tug-of-war pose as main attractions, many families come to enjoy the fireworks and bonfires that take place at major events. Raffles and other contests are also common, with some attendees walking away with merchandise, money, or a brand-new vehicle for participating.
If you’re interested in attending an off-road event, take a look at Jeep Jamboree, Trucks Gone Wild, or Rocky Mountain Meltdown events coming up this year. If you’re willing to travel state to state your options open up, but you might be surprised to learn of some local events in your state if you’re willing to look.
Taking part in off road events is fun for both participants and spectators, but be sure to check out the rules and regulations before registering for an event. Remember to pack plenty of essentials, including a first aid kit for you and your ride.
For more information on the latest upcoming off-road events for 2017 and 2018, continue to check back with us at Mudville USA. We’re always updating our blog to include interesting information on muddin’, and the latest news in the off-roading world. Read back through some of our latest posts to see events taking place over the next few months, and this summer.