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Annual TrailFest kicks off in Gilbert

Chad AbshireHeartland News Service

October 2, 2012

GILBERT — It’s time to get muddy again - TrailFest is coming back to Gilbert.


From Oct. 4 until Oct. 8, the 12th iteration of one of Gilbert’s biggest events looks to be one of the best yet, with ATVs, live music, a parade and more activities than ever before.


Gilbert Mayor Vivian Livingood spoke regarding the event.


“The Larry Joe Harless Community Center will be providing music on Friday night, and the Town of Gilbert will provide it Saturday night,” Livingood said.


The band chosen by the town will be Bulletproof, a rock band from Pineville which performed last year.


She also encouraged everyone to come out at 11 p.m. Saturday night for “the $5,000 fireworks show,” conducted by Steven Casey, set off at the bridge to the community center.


“It’s going to be huge,” Livingood said. “I’m excited for it.”


She also discussed a returning event and a brand new one for TrailFest: the mud run and Dirt Trax TV.


The mud run, according to Livingood, is where a tennis ball is thrown into the mud pit with people jumping in and scrambling to locate it for prizes. Unsurprisingly, Livingood said that people get absolutely covered in mud.


Dirt Trax TV will be present in Gilbert for TrailFest, holding a “Mod Your Quad,” contest. Livingood said that the contest would appear on one of their future television shows.


The ATV parade begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening, and Livingood encouraged everyone who wanted to get in or out of Gilbert to do so before 6:20 p.m., as that is when traffic would be shut down. The town council, at its most recent meeting, voted to enforce helmet laws this year.


“Everyone who is operating an ATV will be required to wear a helmet,” Livingood said. “But a helmet is not required for anyone being pulled along on a float.”


She anticipates the parade to be very long, saying that once the first vehicle crosses the ending point at the community center’s bridge, some vehicles won’t have even started.


The mayor also said that roughly 2,500 people are expected to be in town for the four days of ATV madness, with some coming from as far as Wyoming and Canada. She said that her lodge, Livingood Lodging, has been booked for TrailFest a full year in advance, and has even had some people asking if they could book already for TrailFest 2013. She said that other lodges in town had experienced the same.


As far as security goes, Livingood said that the Gilbert Police Department would be on overtime for the event’s duration, and that the West Virginia State Police and Mingo County Sheriff’s Department would also be present.


When all is said, Livingood has a bright outlook on this year’s TrailFest.


“I have high hopes,” Livingood said. “Every year, we fine tune the details, it gets easier and easier.


“We’re really excited to open our town up.”


The following is the full schedule of events:


Thursday, Oct. 4


8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Registration and Merchandise Sales at Community Center


9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Open Trail Ride On All Trails


9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Gilbert Community Wide Scavenger Hunt


3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Ryan Young Trials Stunt Show at Fishers ATV World Zone


5 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Ryan Young Trials Stunt Show at Fishers ATV World Zone


7 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Ryan Young Trials Stunt Show at Fishers ATV World Zone


7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Mud Pit and Drag Racing


8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Wheelie Contest at Drag Strip


8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Hatfield-McCoy Vegas Night in Dining Area


9 p.m. - 10 p.m. Hatfield-McCoy Vegas Night Auction for Prizes


Hours Vary Manufacturer Demo Rides


Hours Vary Vendor and Manufacturer Expo


Friday, Oct. 5


7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Country Style Breakfast at Community Center


7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Registration and Merchandise Sales at Community Center


8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Open Trail Rides On All Trails


9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Dice Run- Best Roll $100/Worst Roll $100 Cash Prize


9 a.m. - 9 p.m. 9th Annual Fall Festival


3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Ryan Young Trials Stunt Show at Fishers ATV World Zone


4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Dinner at Community Center


5 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Ryan Young Trials Stunt Show at Fishers ATV World Zone


5:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Prize Announcements and Raffle Drawing


7 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Ryan Young Trials Stunt Show at Fishers ATV World Zone


7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Mud Pit and Drag Racing


8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Dirt Trax TV’s Mod Your Quad Contest


Hours Vary Manufacturer Demo Rides


Hours Vary Vendor and Manufacturer Expo


Saturday, Oct. 6


7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Country Style Breakfast at Community Center


7:30 a.m. - Noon Late Registration at Community Center


7:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Merchandise Sales at Community Center


8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Open Trail Rides on All Trails


9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Poker Run- Best Hand $100/ Worst Hand $100 Cash Prize


9 a.m. - 9 p.m. 9th Annual Fall Festival


4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Dinner at Community Center


5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Line Up for OHV Parade Outside Registration Area


5:45 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Prize Announcements and Raffle Drawing


6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. ATV/UTV & Dirtbike Costume Parade


8 p.m. - 9 p.m. Brian Fisher’s Mud Run For Cash and Prizes


7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Mud Pit & Drag Racing


11 p.m. - 11:20 p.m. Town of Gilbert Fireworks Show


Hours Vary Manufacturer Demo Rides


Hours Vary Vendor and Manufacturer Expo


Sunday, Oct. 7


7:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Country Style Breakfast at Community Center


8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Open Trail Rides On All Trails


7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Free Local Night- Mud Pit & Drag Racing


Monday, October 8th All campsites must be cleared and cleaned by Noon


8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Open Trail Rides On All Trails