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By: Robert Janis

High Mountain ATV Association, INC

High Mountain ATV Association Sets Its 17th Annual Jamboree in Wallace, Idaho

High Mountain ATV Association 2009 Annual Jamboree
High Mountain ATV Association 2009 Annual Jamboree

Wallace, Idaho will be the center of ATV activity from Monday, July 18 through Saturday, July 23, 2011 as the High Mountain ATV Association hosts its 17th Annual Jamboree. There will be plenty of ATV-related events as well as lots to eat during the six day festival, explained B. J. Case, secretary of the association.

The Jamboree opens with hosted rides running from Monday through Friday. An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner for $6 will be hosted by the Wallace Elks on Monday night. A pizza social and fun and games are scheduled for Wednesday, a barbecue potluck dinner on Friday, and the Jamboree ends with a steak dinner, trophy awards and raffles on Saturday. In addition, the town’s search and rescue squad will host two special breakfasts consisting of two pancakes, eggs, and sausages with juice or coffee on Friday and Saturday.

The weekdays will be full of a variety of ATV events. A number of hosted rides varying in skill level from easy to advanced are scheduled for every day of the week. Case said that there will be four or five different rides each day. Moreover, on Tuesday this year’s Jamboree will include an obstacle course for the first time. Wednesday there will be a parade through Wallace. This year’s theme will be Christmas in July. Thursday the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation will hold an ATV safety course and on Saturday there will be a rodeo that includes four different events--mud bogs, drag races, barrel races and a sled pull and the Lions’ Club will be selling burgers. A flat price of $100 for members of the High Mountain ATV Association and $125 for nonmembers will permit participation in everything including the meals. In addition, the fee includes one Jamboree shirt and one rodeo shirt.

According to Case, the money will be used to pay for the Jamboree and equipment to keep the trails in good shape.  Money will also be donated to charities. “This year we donated turkeys to the food bank, money to search and rescue and the Veterans Memorial Cemetery as well as to the Women’s Resource Center,” said Case.  “The local cub scouts will also be doing ATV washes, and we will be donating money to them.”

High Mountain ATV Association 2010 Annual Jamboree
High Mountain ATV Association 2010 Annual Jamboree

The town of Wallace gets involved as well. The local baseball team hosts a day camp for $10 a day. Businesses will donate prizes for the raffles, sponsors will donate money and prizes; students at the local high schools were involved in a T-shirt design contest, and the town and the U.S. Forest Service permit the use of public land including trails and old forest service roads for the various rides during the week. “You can ride for the whole summer and not see them all,” said Case.

Winners of events will be awarded trophies during the barbecue steak dinner on the last night of the Jamboree.

Case concluded that about 230 people participated in the Jamboree last year. The festival also attracts nonresidents from different states and Canada. “We have a few guys who come from Kentucky and Indiana every year,” said Case.

Every year the Jamboree is promoted in ATV magazines, and ATV Nation has had their national rides in Wallace. Moreover, organizers put up posters around town and neighboring towns and e-mails are sent to local clubs.

“The town of Wallace is very ATV friendly and people say that you feel like family here. We love our volunteers and the people who come to the Jamboree year after year. Some people who started coming to the Jamboree when they were kids are adults now; they still attend and they love it. They go out of their way to continue the tradition of the Jamboree with their own kids and families,” concluded Case.

More information on the Jamboree as well as the High Mountain ATV Association can be found at its website www.highmountainatv.org.


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