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Mud-Bogging Not Welcome?
(From WWMT) - What started as a battle to draw more money to a small community is turning into a war over lifestyles.
The Founders Day Festival in Delton, Michigan is an annual event, but organizers say they struggle to draw crowds.
Now, there's a plan to turn Delton in to a mud-bogging mecca, and not just during Founders Fest.
Mud-bogging is similar to a monster truck rally, but with more mud. It's very loud and can draw massive crowds.
If you listen right now on the streets of Delton, you hear nothing. Some believe mud-bogging will change that and others say that's the problem.
It's a polarizing sport.
It's loud, but Dave Woods of Wild Times Fabrications, and would-be mud-bog organizer Barry Bower believe it could be just what Delton needs.
"Well, I've gone to it a couple times and there were a couple thousand people there," Bower said, when asked why mud-bogging.
But for an event like this you need a lot of land. Which is where former elk farmer, Ward Goff, comes in.
"There's a good chance we could get 6,7 maybe 8 thousand people here," Goff said of a particular parcel of land he owns, with over 200 acres.
But some property owners in the area aren't so welcoming.
"I don't want to see 7-thousand drunk people getting out on to our roads and in our community," said property owner Nancy Kroes.
"Tell me if you'd like to have that running out in your front yard," said Jerry Klinger.
Both Klinger and Kroes say their families have owned the surrounding land for more than a century.
"It's not going to do anything for the community, because these people bring their own food, they bring their own booze," Kroes said.
But Goff is giving Deltonians something else to think about.
"I have 11 grand kids that go to the Delton school system," he said. "The Delton school system could use a little financial boost."
Goff says that's right where his portion of the profits would go.
"Their portion could have easily been 50, 60 thousand dollars per event," he said.
Asked about Goff's claim, Kroes said, "I would have to see that to believe it."