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The Kansas All-Terrain Vehicle Association (KATVA) presents amateur flat track racing at the Johnson County Fair this year with 2- and 4-wheel competitions.
ATVs and motorcycles dominate the event with classes offered for pretty much everyone from ages 6 and up, including powder puffs for women and a 4-wheel drive utility class.
The ATV part of the event offers a pro class.
Historically, the men’s class gets fairly competitive with plenty of spill-over and restarts to the race.
Only pro ATV winners receive monetary awards for first, second and third place.
The remaining class winners receive trophies.
Regardless of whether they place, all kids that race walk away with a trophy.
Those who place receive larger trophies.
“We are a family-oriented organization,” said KATVA board member Terri Schmidt, “and safety is the number one priority here at the KATVA.
“We require all participants to follow specific rules and guidelines, because safety, safety, safety is our primary concern.”
This year’s competition promises to provide some major entertainment.
On the dirt oval track, audiences will see lots of dust, dirt and excitement.
The event occurs in the Johnson County Fairgrounds arena on Thursday, Aug. 11.
Hot laps start at 6 p.m.
The race begins at 7 p.m. and lasts until 10 to 10:30 p.m., with a short intermission.
Cost for admission is free for ages 5 and younger, $6 for ages 6-12, and $12 for ages 13 and older.
For more information, contact Jennifer Elliott at (913) 238-9708.