By David Walter
Chamber Park was the site of a fundraising event for the Doe Mountain Recreation Authority (DMRA) last Saturday. The park is located roughly three miles outside of Mountain City on Highway 67. The event was hosted by multiple entities, including the Johnson County Chamber of Commerce and their director Karla Prudhomme and Frank Arnold, Roger Espinoza of the Modern Woodmen of America, and the local chapter of the Mountain Trail Riders. Proceeds from the event went to the DMRA to support the new Doe Mountain project. Along with the contestants, several hundred people were in attendance.
Activities at the fundraiser began at 4 p.m. and featured an ATV rodeo and benefit dinner. The ATV rodeo included the Mountain Trail Riders and consisted of nearly 50 contestants. Advocating for ATV recreation, the promotion and preservation of trails, public education of ATV usage, and the formation of relationships with land owners and other recreation organizations such mountain bikers and those who use equestrian trails are the main goals of the organization. Mike Farmer of the Mountain Trail Riders expressed that the group is trying to work closely with the DMRA for accommodating the interests of their organization and other regional ATV enthusiasts.
The ATV rodeo featured an intensively intricate obstacle course and a mud bog. While several contestants became stuck alongside the banks of a creek and suffered minor vehicle flooding, they completed the course with precision and dangerously accurate skill.
One of the youngest attendees of the day was three-year-old Karson. Accompanied by his grandfather Ronny, Karson spent the afternoon playing in the mud and sitting on a small ATV in full riding gear. An older yet nonetheless enthusiastic contestant, Blaine Doss, talked about his experience on the course. I have been riding almost my whole life. This is my first event, but I really do more riding along country courses and trails, said Doss. His lack of experience in formal races did not show, however, as he easily flew through a creek on the racetrack with the talent of any professional rider.
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By David Walter