2017-08-10 / Front Page

ORV Jam kicks off with ‘show and shine’

This summer’s St. Helen Sum­mer ORV Jam will include fan fa­vorites and a few new events. This weekend’s events will include sand drags and a mud bog, but also new attractions including an ORV Show & Shine and an appearance by Chris Willhite and his “mega truck.”

The annual event will take place Friday through Sunday at Richfield Township Park.

St. Helen Summer ORV Jam volunteer Melissa Sullivan said the weekend will kick off with the first “Show & Shine” to be held at the event. The “Show & Shine” will be held Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. The event is free to enter and trophies for side-by-sides and ATVs will be awarded in each of the following categories; meanest machine, wild­est modifications and most unique.

Also new to the Summer ORV Jam will be an appearance by St. Helen’s Chris Willhite and his “mega truck” called “Standin’ Tall.” The truck, built by Willhite is a huge 1948 Ford F7. The truck is powered by a big block Ford and boasts 23.1x26 R2 tractor tires.

“It’s a pretty cool truck,” Sullivan said. She added the truck will be on display for children to check out and for photos.

In addition to the new events, Sulli­van said there have been changes made to the sand drags and mud bogs. This year, riders will take two passes in both the sand drag and mud bog events. The scoring for the sand drags will be the best time of the two passes and the score of the mud bog will be the aver­age distance of both passes. She added those who participate in the mud bog will take a pass in each of the two pits.

Pre-registration for the mud bog and sand drags will be held Friday, Aug. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. and registration will also take place Saturday, Aug. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. The sand drags, which will encompass 10 classes including two children’s classes, will begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m. The mud bog, which en­compasses eight classes, including two children’s classes, will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Sullivan said children must be rid­ing a 200cc or under ATV and they do not need a Department of Natural Re­sources certificate to participate. She stressed that children must be familiar with the machine they will be riding and must wear a helmet. She added children are also encouraged to prac­tice riding their machines before they enter an event.

Registration is $10 per event plus a donation to the We Care Shop’s We Feed Food Pantry. Sullivan added that there isn’t a spectator’s fee, however, she does encourage spectators to do­nate to the food pantry.

Sullivan said the St. Helen Summer ORV Jam is not only about having fun on ATVs, but it’s also about creating a family-friendly event that supports the community. She noted that a donation will be made to the St. Helen We Care Shop on behalf of the St. Helen ORV Jam.

The event awards ceremony will take place Saturday after the comple­tion of the mud bog and the We Care Shop ATV raffle drawing will be held Saturday at 4 p.m.

Sullivan said 11 vendors will be on site with a variety of products geared toward ORV enthusiasts and even those who are not. Some of the vendors that will be on site include Hackers Ya­maha and Honda, Outlaw Graphics, Pur Trails, Anna Kay’s Jewlery, Kim Neider-LuLa Roe and craft vendors. In addition to the vendors, Rogue Chef BBQ will return for the second year cooking beef and pork street tacos.

What Sullivan said she is most ex­cited about is bringing together a large group of people who all enjoy the same thing for a fun, family event. She said that she is looking forward to seeing ATV enthusiasts having “a lot of fun” in good weather.

For information, call (989) 915- 2682, email sthelenorvjam@gmail.com or search St. Helen ORV Jam on Facebook.

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