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Mud racers to perform Sunday as part of Memorial Weekend in Mitchell event

Part of the Memorial Day weeknd in Mitchell is going to be a little muddy -- and that's got some racing fans pumped up. South Dakota Mud Racing Inc. (SDMRI) will hold a mud racing event at 1 p.m. Sunday featuring side-by-side drag races. Proceeds...

Part of the Memorial Day weeknd in Mitchell is going to be a little muddy -- and that's got some racing fans pumped up.

South Dakota Mud Racing Inc. (SDMRI) will hold a mud racing event at 1 p.m. Sunday featuring side-by-side drag races. Proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Around 50 trucks will partake in the event, and there will be five different classes of trucks ranging from street vehicles to ones that have been professionally modified. They will all be driven by members of SDMRI from the surrounding area.

The event will be held at Jerry Buchholz's farm, 5.5 miles west of the Ramada on Old Highway 16. There will be concessions and drinks sold by area vendors and the event will last around four hours.

Bleachers will be provided but people are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs.

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There will also be a free event on Saturday in which the trucks will be displayed on Main Street with other classic cars and motorcycles. The show-and-shine is part of the Memorial Weekend in Mitchell celebration in downtown Mitchell on Saturday.

SDMRI Vice President Dan Wulf said the group is expecting a good turnout at the mud race.

"We had over 1,000 people last year, so we've got more space this year," Wulf said.

Entry fee is $8 at the gate. Children 10 and younger get in free.

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