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Lake McConaughy will host two ATV riding events in 2014, one at the beginning and one at the end of the summer recreation season.The ATV Jamborees will be held April 4-6, and October 3-5.
“We had a fun weekend with our ATV riders (in the intial jamboree last summer) and we learned a lot about how to grow this event into a really high-profile regional event for Lake McConaughy.” said Travis Haggard, the Executive Director of Keith County Area Development.
This year, the riding area will be expanded from headquarters at Little Thunder Campground west to Sandy Beach at Lake McConaughy. The weekend will include open riding, a Poker Run, dealer displays, food vendors, a beer garden and live entertainment. Event organizers are working with volunteers from the Nebraska Off-Highway Vehicle Association to add sand drag races and kids barrel races to the weekend’s lineup.
“This is a terrific opportunity to invite a new group of people to experience Lake McConaughy in a whole new way,” said Chamber President Brenda Ketcham. “Our white sandy beaches are not just for the summer anymore!”
The spring jamboree begins at noon Friday, April 4; concluding at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 6. The event is open to all ATV/UTV riders 18 years and older - riders under 18 are permitted when accompanied by a parent or guardian or with a signed/notarized release. Helmets are required for all riders and passengers 14 and under. Eye protection is required for all riders and passengers.
Registration is $50 per vehicle for the weekend and is limited to the first 500 vehicles registered. Online registration is available at www.explorekeithcounty.com. Or call 800-658-4390 to register or for more information.
Park entry permits are required and camping will be available at all modern campgrounds – however, there will be limited water availability due to the time of year for the spring event.
ATVs will not be allowed at any other time at Lake McConaughy. Only registered ATVs are allowed and are considered a part of the event.
Law enforcement will cite those riding if they are not registered for the event.
The 2014 ATV Jamborees at Lake McConaughyarepresented by Keith County Area Development and the Ogallala/Keith County Chamber of Commerce. Eichner’s Sales & Service of Ogallala is the event sponsor.