The North West Mud Racing Association held races near the Valemount Rodeo Grounds over July 30 and 31. Valemount has hosted the Mud Bog event since 2011. Competitors travel around the province competing beginning in 100 Mile, then on to Chilliwack, Valemount, back to 100 Mile and then, usually Kamloops. This year, the Kamloops site is not available due to pipeline construction.
At the end of the second day of the Mud Bog event at the Canoe Mountain Rodeo Grounds in Valemount on July 30-31, 2022, Chase Ford bogged down only a few metres into the bog. As he climbed out the roof of the car, chants of “BELLY FLOP!” motivated a graceful side flip into the murky depths. /ANDREA ARNOLD
Arnold was the only local Mud Bog participant at the event. He raced his truck Green Machine without incident through the sticky track. /JESSICA ARNOLD
The youngest competitor, four-year-old Daxon, handles his car “Black Berrie” like a pro. /ANDREA ARNOLD
Racers Abi and Emily White (r-l) took the opportunity to doodle some sanctioned graffiti on Doug Jewell’s truck. /ANDREA ARNOLD
During the intermission at each event, Doug Jewell’s truck, Jewell Digger, gets a new image. They invite kids to decorate the matte paint with chalk and each participant is read off as the truck’s sponsor in the second half. /ANDREA ARNOLD
Club secretary Elenor Fawcett drives the oldest truck in the competition, Hairy Canary. Her father competed with the same vehicle, and her kids are anxiously awaiting the day when the keys pass on to the next generation. /ANDREA ARNOLD
North West Mud Racing Association club president Leanna Davis gives her shocks a test in a spectacular way. /JESSICA ARNOLD