If you visit Thrill Hill Mudd Boggin’ in Thomaston every third Saturday of the month from March through November, you’ll find big boys and girls running their big toys through the mud, trying not only to win the monthly event, but also to compete for the season title. But Tammy, Bruce and Ben Dean, the owners of Thrill Hill, are adding a Halloween race this month on October 31, with a special event featuring much younger racers.
Thrill Hill has added a Kids Power Wheel Mudd Race to the day, for children ages 1 through 10. Youngsters can bring their power wheels (battery powered only) to the track to see who can make it through a smaller version of the mud track. Helmets are required to race. The kids will race in three age categories: 1-3, 4-7, and 8-10. There will be a $10 entry fee and there will be cash prizes for the winners and runners-up. All Power Wheel participants will also receive a free T-shirt.
This is the second Power Wheels race this season. Thrill Hill held the first race in September, with Cassie Garner winning the 1-3 category, Ryan Valentine coming out on top in the 4-7 age group, and R.J. Vickery running away with the 8-10 age group. Seven kids participated overall, and Thrill Hill is hoping to have many more coming out for the Oct. 31 race.
In addition to the Power Wheels race, there will be a special Truck-a-Treat for all children, with plenty of candy to go around. Halloween costumes for kids and adults are welcome, but no scary costumes.
For the adults, the Oct. 31 race will be the last points race of the season. Heading into the Oct. 17, race, Tommy Matthews in Smooth Willie had taken over the series lead from Garrett Nordon in Bullseye. Ashley Williiams in Lil Man is also making a run toward the front, and was one just point behind Nordon going into last weekend’s race. Gale Eilliott in Sum Beach and Raymond Nordon in Slow Poke were hanging on to the fourth and fifth spots. The results from the Oct. 17 race have not been released yet.
Thrill Hill Mudd Boggin’ is located off of Mauldin Road in Thomaston. The Deans have worked hard to make it a family friendly place and encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the day with them.
“When people call, we tell them we want it where children are safe and won’t hear a lot of cussing,” Tammy Dean said. “People bring their kids and grandkids. We’ve had birthday parties and wedding showers here. The Gilmore Center used to bring their folks down here. That’s the way we want it, a family atmosphere.”
Bruce Dean compares Thrill Hill to motor vehicle events at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, and believes visitors come out a lot better at Thrill Hill.
“People like going to the big monster truck pulls at the Georgia Dome or wherever they do it, and they take their kids up there,” he said. “There is alcohol everywhere up there. If you see alcohol down here, it is in a koozie or it isn’t out, and there is none sold here. The kids would see the same thing here they would see at the dome, but they can stay right here in Upson County and they can come once a month and see it, instead of going to Atlanta and spending $30-$40 a ticket, plus gas and time to get there and back. They just don’t realize what is here.”
Gates will open on Oct. 31 at 10 a.m. All Power Wheel entries must be signed up by 11 a.m., and the Power Wheel races start at noon. The big boys and girls will start their mudd boggin’ immediately following the power wheel races.
Admission to Thrill Hill is $10 per person (including race drivers), and children 10 and under are free (unless they are participating in the Power Wheel race). Thrill Hill is a place where family fun is still legal.
For more information and directions, visit on the web at www.thrillhillmuddboggin.com, on Facebook at Thrillhill Muddboggin Thomaston, or call Bruce Dean at 706-601-1647 or Ben Dean at 706-741-0328.
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.