BONNERS FERRY — The cool, crisp air, accompanied with the changing of the leaves, marks the transition of the seasons from summer to fall. With the rainfall bringing mud, the mud, in turn, brought the Fall Moyie Mud Bogs to life Oct. 5-8. With raging motors and big tires, people both local and visitors from many other places came to participate in the event.
Mud flew in the pit and dust flew up on the dry hill course behind it as the crowd lining the fences cheered the drivers on. On the far side of the property, the rock climbing crowd lined the back hill as the climbers maneuvered the course. Muddy vehicles, road vehicles, campers, tents and people packed into the campground, where one could hear the din of conversation and laughter marking the boisterous attitudes of the attendants.
The smell of food wafted among the crowd from the attending vendors. Simple Simon’s Pizza, Eldon’s Italian Sausage, Scott’s Kettle Corn and More, The Twisted Kilt Black Iron Grill, the Curley and Dirty fries vendor, and other vendors selling their wares, tempted the bog-goers.
The Bonners Ferry branch of Simple Simon’s Pizza partnered with the Libby, Mont., branch and together they brought a booth to the Moyie Mud Bog weekend for the first time. Pete and Red Lafond, owners of the Libby store, received the invite to attend the Mud Bogs, and the Bonners Ferry partnership brought the two franchises together to meet the common goal.
“We are thankful for the invite and opportunity to be a part of the event and we look forward to participating again in the Spring,” said Joe Culp, the Franchise Development and Support Team Leader for the Bonners Ferry store. “The gluten free cornbread waffles and Guinness beer soup isn’t something you see everyday. I have never been to a Mud Bog before, and watching the trucks go through the pit was the best part.”
He was speaking of a very unique food vendor that attended the event from Sandpoint, Idaho, The Twisted Kilt Black Iron and Grill. Owner and Chef, Aaron Seitz, brought his signature cornbread waffles and chilies.
“Our one-of-a-kind, gluten-free, signature cornbread waffles are made on over 100 year old cast iron waffle makers. I’m Sandpoint’s original cooking Kiltman and there is nobody in the nation who does what I do. It’s definitely a one of a kind experience,” said Seitz. “I always like serving a lot of different individuals that come from different states and backgrounds in life. The mud bog events are something I had never gone to before the Father’s day event and have enjoyed them immensely.”
The unfortunate event of a transformer blowing dampened the mood for a short time Friday afternoon, but it was repaired quickly, and the festivities commenced.
With big mud tires, good music, company, and food, the Moyie Mud Bogs brought another fun filled weekend to Boundary County.