Archive for Saturday, August 15, 2009

At the fair: Mud Run attracts big crowd

August 15, 2009

Milton and Jacob Rush were playing an informal game Friday at the Stompers 4x4 Mud Run during the Leavenworth County Fair.

The father and son from Leavenworth would place their “bets” before each truck or jeep approached the starting line of the mudway.

Both would try to guess before each run whether the participant would sink or swim.

“It’s fun to guess which ones are going to make it and which ones don’t,” Milton said.

Of course, ones they thought would make it to the end of the mud lane unscathed didn’t sometimes, and others the thought had no chance performed quite well.

Jacob, who is 12, said the guessing game between he and his father was “kind of even.”

Asked if they had a favorite vehicle, Milton said “we like ’em all, especially the Jeeps.”

He then mentioned that he has a Toyota Tundra, but he likely would pick another truck to compete with if entered in a mud run.

“I wouldn’t even think about entering a Toyota,” Milton said. “It’s not even near strong enough.”

JD Peel, 14, Tonganoxie, attended the first Mud Run at Leavenworth County Fair a year ago. He said this year’s instalmment was better, as there were “lots of different trucks” this year.

The Mud Run, as well as Saturday’s demolition derby, are JD’s favorite events at the fair.

The Mud Run attracted several drivers locally, some from Tonganoxie, Easton, Lansing, Linwood and Eudora. Drivers also traveled from farther away, as one was from Independence, Mo., and another from El Dorado.

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