2nd Annual Arkansas Trail Blazers Rally at the Gap

| October 21, 2009 | 3 Comments

By Ed Fulton, Arkansas Trail Blazers

Polaris RZR S at the 2009 Rally at the Gap

Polaris RZR S at the 2009 Rally at the Gap

The 2009 2nd Annual Rally At The Gap was held this year October 2nd – 4th. With nearly two hundred in attendance from seven states including Nevada, the rally was four times bigger then the 1st Rally we held in 2008.

This year, new and upgraded events were added as Camp Wolfcreek Springs added a side by side mud drag pit and a clay based sled pull track. A new area was set up for the main drag races and we added a blind folded obstacle course along with the barrel races. Each event started with just one category and at the request of the participants we changed to three categories for each event. Although prize awards had to be changed when we made this change, everyone seemed to understand and a good time was had by all.

Dual Mud Pits were a big hit

Dual Mud Pits were a big hit

The Mud drags, main drags, and sled pull seemed to be the big draw events and are sure to be a hit again next year. Of course we will be prepared for all the added categories for each event and bigger and better prizes will be awarded. I am sorry to say that the list of names of event winners was destroyed by rain so I can not report on that.
Of special interest this year was the addition of several side by sides at the rally. Several members of the PRC Polaris Ranger Club were present and I can tell you they are a great bunch of people. We hope they continue coming to the rally every year.
An added feature this year was the presence of the CMA (Christian Motorcycle Association) with several volunteers. They helped with the registration table, food lines and held a Sunday morning spiritual service given by Denver Dennis which was enjoyed by several rally goers. Jerrod McPhearson played guitar and sang several songs that were enjoyed by all. Many thanks to the CMA for all their help.
As always both guided and unguided trail rides both inside Wolf Pen Gap and trails in the Ouachita National Forest were part of the festivities. One night ride ended up with the riders spending several hours in a cold rain and gave them plenty of war stories to tell.

2009 Rally at the Gap

2009 Rally at the Gap

Always a big hit at the Rally is the food. Both Friday (burgers and hot dogs with all the fixings) and Saturday (smoked brisket and all the fixings) night meals are free with a request for trail donations. Saturday donations were donated to the fight to cure Breast Cancer. Saturday lunch was burgers and hot dogs with all the fixings for $8.00 with all funds going back towards trail upkeep, improvement and preservation. Saturday night after dinner event prizes were awarded and an auction of sponsor donated items was held. Again all funds raised go back to the trails in one form or another.
Sunday morning the rally ended with the Sled Pull run offs which was quite a challenge as the track was soaked from the rains Saturday night.
A big thank you to Camp Wolfcreek Springs, all the rally workers and especially the participants for making this year’s rally a big success. Next year’s rally is already in the planning stage and promises to be even bigger and better.

Wolfcreek Springs

Wolfcreek Springs

About Camp Wolfcreek Springs:

Camp Wolfcreek Springs is a peaceful family campground located in the Nunley community appx. 5 miles east of Mena on Arkansas Highway 8 East. The east entrance is only 1/4 mile off the Wolfpen Gap ATV Trail and the Ouachita National Forest providing easy access with no need to trailer from the Cabins to the trail. Miles and miles of scenic mountain beauty await you.

GPS Coordinates at West Entrance to Camp Wolfcreek Springs: 34°31’18.39″N, 94° 9’55.73″W (Google Maps)

Camp Wolfcreek Springs
752 Polk 57
Mena, AR 71953
Phone: (479) 394-6722
Website: www.campwolfcreeksprings.com

All photos used with permission.

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  1. H-D ranger says:

    We had a great time with the Arkansas Trail Blazers at there rally and will be back to ride The Wolf Pen Gap again also thanks to Camp Wolfcreek Springs for all their kindness in putting up with all of us.PRC had a good showing at the rally with just under 20 at my last count not bad at all-Thanks again Greg

  2. Crowdog says:

    Greg, Thanks for sharing some of your pictures with us!

  3. Arkyrider says:

    Jon, a great big thank you for this article. Greg it was fantastic having so many of the PRC bunch there. They are a great bunch of people.
    Hope to see you all at next years Rally.

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