A less mud­died may­hem for Gan­der Quad-A-Palooza

About 300 take part in an­nual ATV event

The Beacon (Gander) - - Editorial - SPE­CIAL TO THE GAN­DER BEA­CON

There was no­tice­ably less mud on the ma­chines and rid­ers in the fifth an­nual Quad-APalooza event on the week­end of Sept. 8-10.

Ap­prox­i­mately 300 par­tic­i­pants reg­is­tered, ac­cord­ing to event or­ga­nizer Cory Ab­bott.

The high­light of past years’ events, “Mud­din’ May­hem,” – a muddy ob­sta­cle course where ma­chines were put through the gru­el­ing test of mud-filled pits – was vis­i­bly miss­ing this year.

Many par­tic­i­pants were dis­ap­pointed this pro­gram was can­celled.

Alex and An­nie Dawe from Clarke’s Beach were look­ing for­ward to watch­ing the event.

“The mud pit was good to watch, and it tows in more peo­ple,” said Alex, who did not par­tic­i­pate in last year’s event as “it is hard on the ma­chine.”

Ab­bott said the pro­gram change re­sulted from a sur­vey for a change, as well as lo­gis­tics and plan­ning chal­lenges.

Par­tic­i­pants also no­ticed the lack of spon­sors at this year’s event. Many were dis­ap­pointed they did not re­ceive spon­sor mer­chan­dise, and also missed op­por­tu­ni­ties to check out out­door ma­chine-re­lated gear and ap­parel.

A few par­tic­i­pants men­tioned the dash for cash, mus­sel boil up and guided tours were also miss­ing.

Tammy Cain from St. John’s was dis­ap­pointed at the can­cel­la­tion of the guided tour, as she was look­ing for­ward to ex­plor­ing some of the lo­cal trails.

De­spite the changes, par­tic­i­pants say they will be back next year for an op­por­tu­nity to catch up with friends, old and new, and an ex­cuse to take out their ma­chines for a run and be out­doors.

Ma­chines gather at a poker run stop, fol­lowed by a jam­boree at the la­goon in Glen­wood. Mu­sic, en­ter­tain­ment, and food were pro­vided.

A par­tic­i­pant was on a lucky streak, pulling two queens at the poker run. His luck ran out on the third card.

Par­tic­i­pants re­turn­ing from the jam­boree at Glen­wood head­ing to­wards Gan­der.

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