The 17th annual Pumpkin Run ATV/UTV Rally kicks off Columbus Day weekend in Mercer. The event, held Thursday, Oct. 10 through Saturday, Oct. 12, promotes riding in Iron County. A three-day poker run, ATV, UTV and lawn tractor pulls, the Great Pumpkin Parade through downtown Mercer, and a wrap-up party on Saturday night are some of the Rally highlights.
The fun starts at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10,with registration and packet pick-up at both the Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce and the Hurley Chamber until 4 p.m. The poker run, with stops at businesses throughout Iron County, begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday and runs through Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. The cost to participate in the poker run is $20 for one sheet, $30 for two sheets.
On Friday, Oct. 11, head to Liberty Way Tap House at 2 p.m. for the pull, where riders may test their skills against the Z Force ATV Sled. ATVs, UTVs, and lawn tractors will compete in different classes for prizes. The cost is $10 for the first pull and $5 for a second try. Liberty Way Tap House is in Mercer on the corner of Saarnio Road and Highway 51, of trail 17. Riders may sign up online at MercerPumpkinRunRally.com or in-person the day of the pull.
An old-time favorite, The Great Pumpkin Parade, will be at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 through downtown Mercer. ATVs and UTVs may begin to lineup at the Mercer DNR Ranger Station at 4 p.m. Riders are encouraged to decorate their vehicles and wear costumes in keeping with a Halloween theme. Prizes will be awarded. The Rally concludes with a party at Gateway Lodge & Resort, 4695 N Popko Circle West off of County Road FF, Mercer, right after the parade. The wrap-up party features raffles, food, drink, a bonfire, and live music. Poker Run participants may draw their final hands for a chance to win cash prizes.
Mercer is the place to spend the Columbus Day weekend, with over 200 miles of ATV/UTV trails, special Pumpkin Rally offers at area businesses, activities with fellow riders, and loads of opportunities to win prizes.
The Mercer Pumpkin Run ATV/UTV Rally is organized by the Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce with the help of The Mercer Dusty Loons ATV Club, as well as the Hurley Chamber of Commerce, Iron County businesses and volunteers. For information on registration, cost, activities, and times, visit MercerPumpkinRunRally. com, call the Mercer Area Chamber of Commerce office at 715-476-2389, or email [email protected]