Mud Lovers Gather in Ridgway for Annual Festival
KREX News Room
RIDGWAY, Colo.- Mud covered trucks and thousands of folks spent this past weekend in Ridgway for the second annual Ouray County Mud Fest.
“It’s a time to go out and play,” said Tamara Gulde, the chair of Mud Fest. “So we are creating something so they could do just that.”
Gulde is hoping this festival brings the City of Ouray and Town of Ridgway closer as a community.
“We have people from all over the region coming together, and I like to see things happen,” said Gulde. “I like to make things happen.”
For those looking to stay clean and clear of the 4x4 mud obstacle course, this year's festival offered a sled pull for the very first time.
“Not everyone wants to pull their trucks in the mud or drive them across the rocks,” said Terry Hawkins, sled pull coordinator. “But you have a lot of guys interested in diesel performance and they got some nice trucks and they want to be able to show off their equipment too.”
But one thing is for sure, it's not about how much dirt you have under your fingernails but rather the time you spend with family and friends.
“Everyone out here is great,” said John Konakis, participant. “Everybody works with each other. If your truck breaks down, every other driver helps to find parts and helps you put it back together. It’s a great deal for the family and just a lot of fun.”
Officials say any profits made at the mud fest will go towards next year's event, so they can make this festival that much better.