Jericho ATV Festival is Just Days Away

July 18, 2013
Sarah Kinney
The Berlin Daily Sun

Berlin is ready to kick off the 4th annual Jericho ATV Festival weekend on July 26.  The day starts with a Poker Run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a 3,000 lb. winch for the winner. The Mud Pit Grunge Runs will be from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. An obstacle course will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with prizes. Demos, vendors, and music will be around all day.

After a day of riding, Downtown Berlin will be hosting its first "Mud, Music, and Main Street" block party from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Downtown streets will be closed to other vehicle traffic.

"The fun downtown begins when the action at Jericho Mountain State Park ends for the day. There will be live music courtesy of the band Straightaway, and visitors can enjoy great food, cold beverages at the beer tent, and special offers at the downtown shops and businesses, which are staying open throughout the event," says Sylvia Poulin, chair of the Berlin Main Street program, which is co-hosting the event, along with the Androscoggin Chamber of Commerce.

At 6 p.m., there will be the muddiest/hairiest back contest, at 6:30, a mud pie eating contest, at 7 p.m., a mud ball eating contest, and a pea shooting contest at 7:30 p.m. There will also be chair massages, rafting displays, face painting and fried Oreos and Twinkies at different Main Street businesses.  Other downtown businesses will be open for dinner, giveaways, and raffles. 

The dirty fun continues on Saturday where "It's All About the Mud" at the ATV Festival at Jericho Mountain State Park. Attendees can watch or participate in the Jericho Mud Pit Races, which features the 200 ft x 50 ft. mud pit providing four-wide racing for ATV's and UTV's alike, plus Mud Pit Foot Races and Obstacle Course.

"This is another incredibly fun North Country tradition who doesn't love messing around in the mud!" said Pam Sullivan, marketing coordinator for New Hampshire Grand. "ATV riders love northern New Hampshire, for the Festival and the scenic trails, and especially now that the Ride the Wilds Coos County interconnected trail system has opened, making traversing the remote areas of the Grand North even more enjoyable."
At 9 a.m. there will be the blessing of the ATVs. The obstacle course will be open again from 9 a.m. to 3p.m.

"By supporting this event, we aim to promote small businesses in downtown Berlin, generate retail traffic, and position Berlin as a destination location," said Kathleen Reardon, senior vice president and director of public affairs for Citizens Bank New Hampshire. "Mud, Music and Main Street is a great way to tap in to the visitors already coming to Berlin for the ATV Festival, and encourage them to come and support downtown businesses."

The City of Berlin has release a list of travel rules for ATVs and OHRVs for the Festival Weekend:
- Riders must have a driver's license to operate an ATV on public highways. Youth who are at least 12 years old and have successfully completed an approved OHRV training program can ride on public highways only if they are accompanied by a licensed adult at least 18 years old.
-Riders 18 and younger must wear helmets and eye protection.
-Riders must follow regular motor vehicle laws, including riding in established lanes and not on the side of the roadway.
-The Berlin Police Department will have a "zero-tolerance" approach to enforcing vehicle laws.
-Riders must not ride side by side, but in a single file.
-Riders will be allowed on city streets in the urban compact on July 26 and 27 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. See the map for details on what is considered the urban compact.
-Main Street will be open for ATV/OHRV parking for block party from 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. on July 26.

The urban complex is defined as ending at Rte. 110 at White Mountain Distributors, Rte. 16 between
Cates Hill Road  and Cascade Hill Road, and on East Milan Rd. by the south entrance of the
Berlin Industrial Park.   ATVs/OHRV are not allowed on city streets outside this area.



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