Drawing a crowd of folks to a 200 plus acre farm four years ago probably seemed far fetched. Now, less than 1,000 people for a four day event will likely be a disappointment.
Organizers of the 3rd Annual Rally in the Valley to be held starting Wednesday, April 30 at Rock Creek Racing and Recreation Off Road Park, located at 3228 Ferguson Valley Road, are expecting over 1,000 people to pass through the gates during the weekend at one of the seven events hosted at the park every year.
The registration count two weeks ago had topped 850 for the event, by last week it was over 950 and it registrations will also be taken throughout the event. Included in the head count are vendors, sponsors, spectators and competitors.
The first three days of the event are, generally, for camping and so-called open wheeling — participants are encouraged to call ahead. Friday’s highlights include live entertainment and a drawing for a 27-foot above ground pool — chances are $10 apiece and presence is required to win.
Saturday is the competition day. Starting at 9:30 a.m., there will be three main race courses with timed off-road race featuring rocks, woods, hills, and wide open racing. There are three tire classes paying out 100 percent, plus $500 per class added to the winner.
Classes are based on tire size and are under 37 inches, 37-40 inches and over 40. Required equipment to compete is a helmet, fire extinguisher, full race harness, and roll cage.
The Bounty Hill — a fastest to the top race in which the winner takes a guaranteed minimum of $3,000 home. Required equipment includes a helmet, fire extinguisher, full race harness, and roll cage.
Also included is Barbie Jeep racing and offroad lawn mower racing.
Following an awards presentation that will recognize winners of the various competitions, Southeast Sons will perform on Saturday night.
When the competition ends overnight camping and enjoyment of the park on Sunday is permitted, and welcome.
Gate passes are $25 for anyone 13 and up. Under 13 are admitted without charge.
Prestige Promotions is organizing the event.