When it comes to fundraising, the Snow Shoe Fire Company plays dirty.
To help purchase equipment, the company is holding its third mud race of the year Sunday at its dirt track in Snow Shoe Township. Starting at 12:30 p.m., modified vehicles in five classes will skid, swerve and spray around the winding track, two per race.
“It’s going to be side-by-side mud racing,” company Chief R.J. Casher said.
Racers will compete for first and second place cash prizes in the modified, pro street, pro stock, good ole boys and outlaw classes. Casher said he expects about 25 to 30 drivers, some of them in “just slightly modified, street-legal vehicles, mostly pickups and Jeep Cherokees.”
But there’s nothing staid about the “outlaw” entries.
“The outlaw class is pretty extreme, some really fast pickups and what used to be Subaru cars,” Casher said.
On the other end of the spectrum, the “good ole boys” vehicles, all 2-wheel drive, literally offer bare-bones entertainment.
Casher said many racers gut their vehicles’ interiors, removing everything but the driver’s seat and taking out all the glass except the windshield. Even the taillights and headlights go.
“That’s kind of fun,” Casher said. “A lot of people like to watch those.”
Registration will take place from when the gates open at 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Each class costs $25 to enter, the money going toward prizes.
Spectator admission will be $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger. Food and beverages will be available.
The first two Mud Races drew about 400 people between them, generating $10,000 for new gear, Casher said. But the company has a bigger goal for its benefit events.
“If it keeps going well, hopefully within the next couple of years, we’ll build a new building,” he said. “It’s going to help us make our building payments.”
The track, on property the company has owned for at least 25 years, is located at 256 Rusnak Hill Road — way out in the country. Take the Snow Shoe exit off Interstate 80 to start, then turn right on state Route 144 and proceed for about two miles.
Following posted signs for the event, turn left on Fountain Road, right on Walnut Road, right on Pancake Road and then right on Rusnak Hill Road.
For more information, visit www.facebook.com/SnowShoeMudRace.