A less-muddied mayhem for Gander's Quad-A-Palooza

About 300 take part in annual ATV event    

Published on September 12, 2017

Participants returning from the jamboree at Glenwood heading towards Gander.

©Clarence Ngoh/Special to The Gander Beacon

GANDER, NL — There was noticeably less mud on the machines and riders in the fifth annual Quad-A-Palooza event on the weekend of Sept. 8-10.

Approximately 300 participants registered, according to event organizer Cory Abbott.

The highlight of past years’ events, “Muddin’ Mayhem,” – a muddy obstacle course where machines were put through the grueling test of mud-filled pits – was visibly missing this year. 

Alex and Annie Dawe from Clarke’s Beach were looking forward to watching the event.

“The mud pit was good to watch, and it tows in more people,” said Alex, who did not participate in last year’s event as “it is hard on the machine.”

Participants also noticed the lack of sponsors at this year’s event. Many were disappointed they did not receive sponsor merchandise, and also missed opportunities to check out outdoor machine-related gear and apparel.

Tammy Cain from St. John’s was disappointed at the cancellation of the guided tour, as she was looking forward to exploring some of the local trails.

Despite the changes, participants say they will be back next year for an opportunity to catch up with friends, old and new, and an excuse to take out their machines for a run and be outdoors.

Participants enjoyed the musical entertainment provided by West of Town at the jamboree at the lagoon in Glenwood.

©Clarence Ngoh/Special to The Gander Beacon