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Annual ATV Fest rolls into town this weekend

The annual ATV Fest happens this weekend, where thousands of attendees gather at Jericho Mountain State Park at the start of a two-day event. Daytime activities at the park include the popular mudpit grudge runs pictured here. (File Photo — Jody Houle) (click for larger version)
August 01, 2018
BERLIN It's time to gear up again for the Ninth annual ATV Fest which happens this coming weekend. It is considered the largest ATV festival in the Northeast.

"I personally feel this year's event will be a record breaker," said the Executive Director of the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce, Paula Kinney. The chamber hosts the event every yer.

"After hosting Camp RZR for the past two years, we have had so much exposure in the OHRV world," she said. "Hotels, campgrounds, air b nib's, dry camping everything is booked solid for miles around Jericho. Our Google analytics and Facebook insights are off the charts. The Jericho festival is so important to our area. It's obvious that the direct effect is noticed with all our hospitality related businesses such as hotels, restaurants, gas stations and stores. But it also has a very important trickle effect that lasts locally as all these hospitality businesses are able to employ local people because they are so busy, these locals can then spend their money. The Jericho ATV Festival Committee and all our collaborating organizations are looking forward to a very successful Jericho ATV Festival weekend. Be aware of the rules & regulations and ride safe and be courteous out there."

The title sponsor of the event is Progressive Insurance. Other sponsors and participants of the Jericho ATV Fest Committee include the City of Berlin, the Androscoggin Valley ATV Club, the State of New Hampshire Parks and Recreation and the State of New Hampshire Bureau of Trails, as well as many other volunteers including the White Mountain Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club and the Silver Riders ATV Club. Mike Couch and Romik Developers make the mudpit with a "secret recipe" and Kenny Chaput and his crew run it during the grudge runs.

The fun begins on Friday at Jericho Mountain State Park. The gate open at 8 a.m. and there is a $10 fee for adults. Ages six and under can attend for free. All day, there will be food vendors and aftermarket vendors. From 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., ATV demo rides will be offered as well as helicopter rides. There will be a poker run to sign up for. Rider can experience an obstacle course and the popular mud pit grudge runs. For kids, there will be a kid-zone with Powerwheels and an ATV simulator. New this year is an "archer tag" sponsored by White Mountain Archery teams of five can compete.

Evening activities from 4 to 9 p.m. include a beer tent, live music by Shot of JD and an ATV torch-lit parade during the Downtown ATV Block Party on lower Main Street in Berlin.

The fun continues on Saturday and all of the above features and activities are repeated. Also, there will be a blessing of the ATV's at 8:30 a.m. From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. there will be an ATV freestyle stunt show hosted by Rave X a quad ATV will be added this year in addition to a dirt bike stunt show.

Free bus rides to the park will be provided all day.

From 4 until 9 p.m., a free concert will be held at the Service Credit Union Heritage Park in Berlin. There will be food vendors, a beer tent and entertainment will be provided by the popular Maine band Last Kid Picked.

Tiffany Eddy
Martin Lord Osman
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