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Favorable weather helps ATV rally numbers


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Brian Nerby, of Racine, Wis., drives his machine through the mud at the 2013 Hurley Fire Department Mud Pit races on Sunday afternoon. Large crowds lined the trails as riders splashed into the pits. The mud races were among several events held during the 28th annual Memorial Day Weekend All-Terrain Vehicle Rally.

HURLEY — The 28th annual Memorial Day Weekend All-Terrain Vehicle Rally was a “ball,” according to Hurley Area Chamber of Commerce director Dorren O’Donnell.

Both O’Donnell and Mercer Chamber director Tina Brunell said the event was a success, with the weather favorable.

“I think it went really good,” Brunell said. “The weather was fantastic, and it was a very busy weekend for Mercer and Iron County, as a whole.”

For O’Donnell, after a late spring with no trail riding, the good weekend weather helped registration numbers.

“With the trails just opening on Monday, and then getting started that following weekend, people were holding their breath to see if this was going to happen,” O’Donnell said. “Everything worked out great, with terrific weather and the same amount of Poker Run registrations as last year.”

The volunteers also made the event “a lot of fun,” according to O’Donnell.

“Thank goodness to all of the wonderful people that stepped up to the plate and made this event a success,” O’Donnell said. “The community is so supportive of this event and they should be really proud. The mud pit on Sunday was phenomenal, because they have a well-oiled machine over there, and everyone came to have fun and they did.”

For more information on next year’s event, or other events in Iron County, call the Mercer Chamber at 715-476-2389 and the Hurley Chamber at 715-561-4334.

— Cortney Ofstad


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