SAINT GEORGE, UT - ECT Offroad Southwest Crawlfest presented by Poison Spyder had nearly 300 vehicles on the Sand Hollow OHV Recreation Trails participating in a clean-up and raffle for Land-Use. “We had another great turn out this year,” explained Steve Crabtree, Event Chairman. “It was a perfect weekend for wheeling and it was fun to have everyone here enjoying the trails and helping support keeping the land open so we can continue to have events like these.”
The event that took place January 14-16 featured a raffle with over $45,000 worth of sponsor donated products. Proceeds from the event have gone directly into supporting land use organizations including Blue Ribbon Coalition, United Four Wheel Drive Association, Utah 4 Wheel Drive Association, and Utah Shared Access Alliance who all had representatives on site to educate. Companies like ECT Offroad, Nitro Gear and Auburn Gear donated a front and rear axle set valued over $6,500. “I couldn’t believe it! I was so excited, I couldn’t even say anything!” exclaimed grand prize winner Steve from Arizona. Jason Minnoch from ECT Offroad added, “I am stoked that someone that wanted and can use the axles won, it makes the whole weekend even better!” Other large prizes included a YJ Armor package valued over $2000 compliments of Poison Spyder, a complete suspension kit from Tough Country, multiple bolt on accessories from PipeMaster Tools, Olympic4x4, iDeal Offroad, Rad Motorsports and thousands of dollars in Gift Certificates from others.
“I have never wheeled here before and it was a lot like Moab, but a lot different at the same time, some very challenging obstacles,” commented Larry McRae from Poison Spyder. There were thirteen fully supported and trail-led outings from graded sight seeing trails, to the most extreme Utah Red Rock trails for drivers to choose any ability and difficulty ratings. “I thought one of the best features was there was a bypass for almost every obstacle allowing anyone to join,” said Mary Levenhagen from T&T Customs. Sand Hollow is named after their amazing red sand. “Last year was my first time in the sand, and this year I was really excited to come back and play some more,” said Rob Graft from Nemesis Industries.
The event included BBQ lunches by TexaSmoke Barbeque, a Spaghetti Dinner Sponsored by TNT Customs, and an amazing dinner on Saturday night followed by Charlene Bower interviewing sponsors and Del Albright from the Blue Ribbon Coalition sharing some words of wisdom for life and conservation of trails.
The big announcement on Saturday night was the addition of two Crawlfest’s this year: BFE Crawlfest in Moab, Utah in June, and a third Crawlfest in Farmington, NM. Dates will be announced soon, please contact Steve Crabtree if you are interested in participating.