Craig Stoltenberg lined up to race at the Grassy Plains Mudbugs on the south side of Francois Lake in 2010. The Nadina Offroad Society is organizing the first ever Houston mud drags on September 21.

Houston mud drags September 21

The first ever Houston Mud Drags are running at the Houston airport on September 21, and will be a great family friendly event.

The first ever Houston Mud Drags are running at the Houston airport on September 21.

Corrina Bodnar, Event Coordinator with the Nadina Offroad Society (NOS), says it will be a great family-friendly event, with food vendors and t-shirts for sale.

“We will have security on site and we are going to make sure that the Houston Mud Drags are a family-friendly event,” she said.

Bodnar says the annual event, organized by NOS, will run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, with an after party in Houston.

An individual pass is $10, children under 12 are free, and a family pass is $25.

Competitions will include both truck and ATV classes.

“We hope and except that there will be at least 40 trucks or more, but this is our first year, so we don’t really know how many racers there will be,” Bodnar said.

She says mud bogs and mud drags are becoming pretty big in the surrounding area, with big events in Endako, Terrace and Moricetown.

She adds that 15 years ago, Houston mud bogs at Four Seasons Park was a huge event, bringing in lots of people from outlying communities.

Now, they want to bring some of that back.

“Hopefully it will get bigger and better every year, maybe even more than one race a year,” Bodnar said.

The first year involves a lot of work and big costs, and they are eager for more sponsors and volunteers, Bodnar said, adding that fund raisers and work bees are being planned.

One Houston Mud Drags fund raiser is a Hawaiian-themed dance at 8 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Houston Legion, with tickets available at Vybz, Mr. Sub, and Aurora Truck.

There is a silent auction, with lots of items including Hawkair-donated flights from Smithers to Vancouver, Bodnar said.

For more information on the Houston Mud Drags, or to give information related to sponsorship or advertising, email houstonmud2013@gmail.com, or visit the Facebook page titled “Nadina Offroad Society – Houston Mud Drags.”

Anyone interested in volunteering for the event or helping out with work bees can contact Joanne Bassani at jobass13@hotmail.com.