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Mud and motorized vehicles came together in one filthy and fun union Friday at the Hardin County Community Fair and Horse Show.
The Mud Sling helped to conclude this year’s fair in as messy a way as possible.
Contestants in trucks, Jeeps and ATVs raced through a watered-down dirt track as fast as they could, slipping and sliding through the muck along the way.
Archie Coffman has presented Mud Slings at fairs for 20 or more years, he said. It operates by the rule of “the family that plays together, stays together” and gives men, women and children a chance to participate.
“It’s more of a family sport,” Coffman said.
The event drew a good crowd and Coffman said the Mud Sling unites participants over their shared love of getting dirty.
“Everybody loves to play in the mud,” he said.
The “damage” can range from a few specks on the driver’s shirts and pants to a more thorough coating from the Dash for Cash competition in which women run through the muddy track.
But women did more than just run through the mud. Leeann Carothers of Hodgenville placed third in her category after entering the competition for the first time.
“I enjoy going mudding with friends and stuff,” Carothers said. When a friend wanted to enter both his truck and Jeep into the contest and needed a driver for the Jeep, she was happy to take a chance.
“I was nervous,” she said. “I was up against all these grown men. I did not know what to think.”
But she’s ready to come back next year.
“It was fun. I definitely want to do it again,” she said.
John Marshall of Hodgenville has competed for the past couple years, he said. He initially was interested because he likes driving around at home. But he decided to compete “to prove a point,” he said.
The reason that he keeps coming back is simple: “I ain’t never won, that’s why,” Marshall said.
For Coffman, the events serve as his “golf game,” his hobby that he loves.
“It’s not really a moneymaking thing, it’s more of a friend thing,” he said.
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or email@example.com.