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May 2, 2014

ATVs to take over Appanoose County on Saturday and Sunday

Appanoose County will be hosting a large ATV event on Saturday and Sunday that is open to the public. The cost is $10 per person to receive a wristband good for entry both days.

The Hardwood Hustle ATV Race will be held on the farms of Greg Inman, Dan Sales, Larry Kirby and John Stajcar, located south of the Mount Ararat Church on Highway 2. The exact address is 27877 520th St. in rural Moulton according to IATVHSS.com, where a full list of events and a map can be found as well as more information about other upcoming events.

According to Sales, this is the second year a race event is being held in Appanoose County. He suggested bringing an event to Appanoose County because he has been involved in ATV racing for several years and his son is a three time champion.

“We’ve been on the circuit for five or six years,” said Sales. “They were looking for a location and we recommended coming down to Appanoose County.”

The race is expected to draw in 450-500 riders and more than 1,000 spectators from seven states to watch participants traverse the more than five mile long course. That is more racers then last year which had about 400 racers and 1,000 spectators.

“Appanoose last year had the biggest turn out of anyone they’ve had in 10 years,” said Sales. “Appanoose County really helped the sport so we like that.”

Spectators will be able to walk around the entire five mile track area and are not restricted to just the starting area.

“Just stay off the track,” said Sales.

Throughout the two day event there will be four separate races, beginning with a kid’s race. There will be a parade lap at 3 p.m. on Saturday to kick off the racing. The day will continue with UTVs or side by sides racing at 6 p.m. Following the Saturday evening races, there will be a DJ playing music on site.

Sunday will host two adult races. The first endurance race will begin at 9 a.m. followed by the second group at noon. There will also be a food vendor on site all weekend.

“It’s a great event,” said Sales.

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