Story last updated at 7/1/2009 - 11:55 am
NAUKATI BAY- Naukati Bay, a small community of 150 on the northwest end of Prince of Wales Island, has become the home of the largest off-roading events in Southeast Alaska.
The Naukati Bay Mud Bogg Races began as a part of the town's Fourth of July Skunk Cabbage Festival. Now, races are held from spring through the fall. There are different types of races for all classes of vehicles with safety concerns held in utmost importance. Some of this season's events include Back-Up Bogger and Paint Ball Drive By.
This season has attracted some national attention. On June 13, the Speed Channel was present and filmed a segment for an upcoming episode of "Lucas Oil On the Edge." On July 26 the races will be invaded by Country Music Television, who will film during the 50-lap "Alaska Daytona" race.
Event organizers said the races usually draw crowds between 300-400 people. They speculate that up to 500 people will be in attendance at the "Alaska Daytona."
This Sunday, drivers will compete in an Independence Day Race with gates opening at 11 p.m.
Learn more at www.naukatimudbogg.com.