Ouray County: Getting down and muddy
Written by Administrator
Monday, 13 May 2013 04:45
By Sheridan Block
It was clear skies with the occasional mud shower at this year’s Ouray County Mud Fest.
Organized by the Ouray Chamber Resort Association and the Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce, the second annual event brought in about 2,500 visitors from all over the Western Slope, a good leap from the 1,400 that attended last year.
What started as a one-day “shoulder event” to draw in guests during the county’s usually slow season expanded into an entire weekend in an effort to have guests stay longer. According to OCRA president and Mud Fest committee chair Tamara Gulde, the event was such a success because attendees did just that.
“Sponsors were happy because there was lots of credit given to them at Mud Fest and business surged over the weekend, not normal for this time of the year,” she said.
Along with the popular 4x4 mud runs and races, new and exciting competitions and showcases kept the crowd coming back for more throughout the weekend. Warrior Promotions drew quite a crowd on Saturday with its dirt bike exhibition. High-flying flips and tricks wowed the audience and received such a positive response that the group will return again next year.
Ouray’s race series kicked off during the weekend with over 60 participants competing for a muddy award during the Mud Fest 5K. The highly anticipated truck-pull sponsored by Alpine Off-road was a huge success as well and will be a sanctioned event next year.
Not only were 4x4 enthusiasts impressed by the weekend, professional and club organizations were well pleased with the courses created by a team led by Brandy and Bob Ross and Chris Miller. The Mud Fest committee is still receiving comments and suggestions from professional organizers and is taking notes for the next celebration.
Overall, Mud Fest 2013 was a success. The two chambers were able to come together again and host a fun and exciting event for people of all ages, uniting not only the Ouray and Ridgway communities, but also friends all over the Western Slope and Colorado.
“It is the Mud Fest committee’s intention that Ouray and Ridgway work together to make Ouray County the place to be in Colorado. We’ve made great strides in the last couple of years,” said Gulde. “Imagine what can happen as we continue to work and grow our communities together.”
Save the date for next year’s fun in the mud. The third annual affair will again take place during the last weekend in April.