Despite heavy rains before the start of the event and continuing through a portion of the event, the Tollesboro Lions Club Fair was determined to end on a high note, promising not to cancel the Mud Sling due to rain.
Drivers promised to conduct the event as long as lightning did not pose danger to participants and crowds. The bleachers ended up being fairly full, although not overly crowded either, as people showed up to brave the weather conditions to witness the Mud Sling Event July 21, the last evening of the 61st Annual Tollesboro Lions Club Fair.
The Mud Sling is the one event that rain by itself (lacking lighting and high winds) couldn’t end. A number of drivers contacted the Club to insure that —- no matter how much rain fell (barring lightning) —- that the Mud Sling event would prevail and committed to bringing their trucks to play in the mud. And what mud it was. Deep, wet, sticky, messy: MUDDY. A mud-sling lover’s dream, resulting in over 700 people paying the cost of admission to watch the event, walking through the sloppy wet grounds, sitting in the rain and drizzle on the bleachers, waiting for the event to begin, some with and some lacking umbrellas.
Luckily, the rain while cooling, did not make for a cold evening, due to the high humidity from the heat of the sun earlier in the day. The event started fairly early, albeit delayed, with the Kid’s Power Wheels event beginning about 7 p.m. However before the first class could begin, another heavy rain came in, pelting the grounds with water, probably at least an inch, maybe more, making the track finally a good muddy consistency. In the end, the crowd enjoyed a good show as the drivers put the pedal to the floor and sent mud flying, slinging it all over. Classes, number of entries, and event winners follow:
CLASS A – KIDS POWER WHEELS, 3 entries. Each child received a trophy and $5 for participating. Participants included: Liam Insko; Trenton Massey; Eli Conrad.
CLASS 1 – 4 & 6 CYLINDER ENGINES, 7 entries. Winner Zach Truesdell; Second Randy Moran; Third Harvey Miller.
CLASS 2 – PRO-STREET, 3 entries. Winner Chris Highfield; Second Shawn Palmer; Third Stanley Mineer.
CLASS 3 – FARM STOCK.6 entries. Winner Stanley Mineer; Second Travis Vise; Third Zach Bloomfield.
CLASS 4 – SUPER STOCK 3 entries. Winner Stanley Mineer; Second David Turner (who traveled from North Middletown to participate), Third Lakin Highfield.
CLASS 5 – PURE STOCK 4 entries. Winner Timmy Roberts; Second Marvin Tully (Ford Truck); Third Marvin Tully (Chevy truck).
CLASS 6 – STREET STOCK 6 entries. Winner Stanley Mineer; Second David Senters; Third Justin Howe.
CLASS 7: MUD BOG 38” Tires or Larger, 1 entry. Winner: Mike Jolly.
CLASS 8: MUD BOG 36” or Smaller Tire Size, 4 entries. First: Harvey Miller; Second Lakin Highfield.
CLASS 9; 1000 CC ATV/Side By Side, 2 entries. Winner Billy Lightner; Second Dylan Gilbert.