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Sun River hosts Mud Bog Race

Sun River hosts Mud Bog Race
Sun River hosts Mud Bog Race
Sun River hosts Mud Bog Race
Posted at 10:51 AM, Jul 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-12 13:21:57-04

SUN RIVER — The Sun River Mud Bog returned this weekend for fundraising efforts to help the Sun River Valley robotics team.

“Today is very fun and we hope to put on a good show for the audience and raise a little bit of money for the local robotics team,” said Chuck Merja, lead instructor for the robotics team.

The sport consists of souped-up vehicles such as trucks, ATVs, and tractors propelling themselves through sand and wet mud, making for quite a spectacle.

“It's an exciting thing to see the dirty and mud flying as high as the trees when you're looking from on top of the bench here,” said Elliot Merja, the lead organizer for the event.

The brothers started this event almost 12 years ago to raise money for the volunteer fire department. Now their efforts have focused more on the robotics club, which has won an impressive three of the last seven world championships in the FIRST Robotics Competition.

The Mud Bog continues Sunday in Sun River at the Merja family farm with the final two events starting 12 p.m.