The culmination of months of planning and hard work will culminate this weekend. For the 38th year, the annual Bark River Off-Road Races will take place at Bark River International Raceway. Racing begins tonight and continues Saturday and Sunday.
Anyone who has followed the event over time knows it has become bigger, better and more popular with each passing year. There are some changes this year - such as moving the race date from August to June - but all signs point to another successful year for the races and the group that makes the event happen year after year - the Bark River Lions Club.
The event is more than an opportunity for race fans to gather, though. The race has been and continues to provide far-reaching benefits for the local area.
Thousands of people gather for the off-road races year after year. Those race fans spend money here - money that circulates through the community. It provides an early summer economic boost to the area.
The races also bring name recognition to the area. Visitors who attend and enjoy the races are likely to come back. Chances are those trips may take them to the other attractions Delta County has to offer.
Perhaps the most important benefit the races have to offer come from the Bark River Lions Club itself. The annual race is one of the ways the club finances its charitable work and programs that give back to the community all year. Their contributions are too numerous to mention, but they all enrich the community and the people who call it home.
You can help the Bark River Lions Club and the work they do by supporting their efforts and attending the races this weekend. Racing begins today with Pro 2, Pro 4, and Pro Light scheduled at 7 p.m. On Saturday, opening ceremonies begin at 10:50 a.m., with races beginning right after and lasting through the final race of the day at 4:35 p.m. The closing ceremonies will take place Sunday at 10:50 a.m., with the final race of the day scheduled for 4:35 p.m.
The Bark River Lions Club puts in countless hours every year to make this event possible. Spend a few hours this weekend at the Bark River Off-Road races. You'll have fun and further the efforts of a community-minded club.