Dispute Over Pavo Mud Bogging Event Draws A Crowd

By: La'Tasha Givens Email
By: La'Tasha Givens Email

Racing in the mud in large trucks, also known as "bogging", may be considered a non-traditional extreme sport, but for many Pavo residents, it's a pastime that may have to come to an end. But not before they put up a fight.

At last night's commission meeting, residents pleaded with commissioners to change the ordinance that prevents them from mud bogging legally.

A large race event is planned for next month but because of the ordinance the event has to be canceled.

Some elderly residents said the noise is too loud during bogs and they also complained about the trash it leaves behind. Commissioners say their biggest concern is the mud racing destroying agricultural land.

John Reichart Director of Planning and Zoning for Thomas County says, "Mud bogging is allowed in the agricultural areas and there are no provisions in the ordinance that would allow for that type of commercial use".

Mud racer Al Weeks says, "It gives kids somewhere to play and there's nothing for the country kids to do around here, and we enjoy ridding. We enjoy playing in the mud and we should be able to do that".

By the end of the meeting, commissioners held to their decision to not allow the event to take place.

Several families say they were disappointed with the commissioner's decision but say they are not giving up yet.

Organizers say the mud bogging event would bring thousands of visitors to Pavo and would help stimulate the local economy.

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  • by Angel Location: Clio Mi on Apr 12, 2011 at 12:08 PM
    we have the same issue here in Michigan but the way around it is to do it on private property and call it a private party with invites. There's old men up here pitching a noise fit if you ask me they are more disturbing noise than the trucks. Doing research and trying to find a way to correct this government bias error.
  • by Shut the h*ll up Location: Pavo on May 13, 2010 at 01:31 PM
    All ya'll that want to put Pavo down can go to h*ll. it is a nice town. i hate that they shut down the bog. its a fun event. those of you who thing boggin is for redneck you would be wrong there are lost of blacks at these events. so since i cant go boggin at he pavo bog i thing i will just play in the streets of pavo.
  • by cherry on Apr 1, 2010 at 09:26 AM
    funny how you idiots say mud bogging is for "whiteys". This tells me that you have never even been to a mud bog because I can tell you there are plenty of black people out there yeehawing it up and having a rootin tootin good ol' time!
  • by someone Location: GA BABY on Apr 1, 2010 at 05:44 AM
    and thats STOP not sop, just so I wont hear any s*#t abut it!
  • by someone Location: GA BABY on Apr 1, 2010 at 05:41 AM
    Shaunwhatever, we know your not the "name" you represent so sop trying to fool us. I knew from every other comment you posted. Funny! And I saw you at the bog too, drinkin your Natural Ice and smokin 305's
  • by Use Your Brain on Mar 29, 2010 at 04:56 AM
    Will some of you lose the redneck mentality for a minute and try to use the brain God gave you? Zoning and land use laws serve a good purpose such as keeping someone from building chicken houses right next to your home,keeping noise to minimum,etc. . If he had applied for a multi-use permit and a business license then the outcome would have probably been much different. Thinking that laws dont apply to you usually puts you in situations like this. Try buiding a house without getting the proper permits and see how fast they shut down construction,that is what happened here.
  • by Griff Location: Tally on Mar 28, 2010 at 02:19 PM
    Shaunequa what does this have to do with race??? You just show that you are ignorant with those kind of remarks. Sad just sad.
  • by tim Location: fla on Mar 28, 2010 at 01:39 PM
    they have mud boggins between platka and daytona on us 100 the cops go to this. why such sour people in pavo? why why why why why??????????????????????
  • by Shaunequa Location: Quincy on Mar 27, 2010 at 06:16 PM
    I guess all those inbred whiteys in Pavo think the south will rise again
  • by TERRY P. Location: PAVO on Mar 27, 2010 at 06:15 PM
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