REGION – Members of the ORV community have organized a new event in St. Helen Aug. 12-14: The First Annual Summer ORV Jam.
St. Helen is well known for its trail systems and being welcoming to ATV/ORV riders and draws a tremendous amount of tourism from motor sports enthusiasts. Dennis Potts and Bob Metcalf, members of the Exit 222 ORV Riders Facebook Community, as well as Ride Michigan are spearheading the event., which will take the place of the former ORV Jamboree.
‘We knew this event was important to the area’s economy as well as the participants who were disappointed to hear that the Jamboree was canceled. So we decided to make it happen. The date and location are the same and the main events will still be the mud and sand runs.’ Potts said.
The event will also be hosting a non-perishable food drive for St Helen We Care’ We Feed food pantry. All Proceeds from the event are being donated to the St. Helen We Care Shop.
‘Many (people) have stepped up to make this event a success from sponsors to volunteers. Many of the volunteers are actually people who have been coming to St. Helen to ride for years. They are happy to be able to give back to the community that they consider a second home,’ said Volunteer Coordinator Melissa Sullivan.
The event will be held at the Richfield Township Campground in St. Helen starting Aug. 12. Pre-registration is at campsite #68 from 6-9 p.m.
Following pre-registration there will be a bonfire and DJ. Admission for the bonfire and DJ is donation only.
Main events will be held on Saturday Aug. 13. The sand runs will start at 10 a.m. With the Mud Runs at 2 p.m. Following the main events there will be kid’ games, a hotdog roast, awards ceremony and bonfire in the evening. There will also be food vendors, power sports vendors, and ORV/ATV demo rides. On Sunday, Aug. 14 there will be a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. There is a fee
Spectators can attend the event for free. There is a fee to enter any competitions. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Melissa Sullivan at Sullivan.email@example.com .
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