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Rock -n-Roll ATV Rally rides into Hanging Rock

HANGING ROCK – What do you get when you mix more than 50 ATV riders, miles of trail in the Wayne National Forest, good food and corn hole?

You get one of the fastest growing ATV events in the region. You also get a good time with perfect riding weather.

Again this year, dozens of ATV enthusiasts from around the area converged in western Lawrence County for the third annual Hanging Rock ATV Club’s “Rock-n-Roll Rally.”

Held just off of U.S. 52 and State Route 650, the rally unofficially kicks off the upcoming summer ATV season with riders excited to get back on the trails and into the mud holes.

Club president Jerry Gammon said the three-day event that concludes Sunday keeps growing every year.

Gammon said a hoot owl ride that took off on Friday night was so fun that the event went 90 minutes past its three-hour scheduled time limit.

“We had a blast and had a great time in the legal mud holes out there. We didn’t get back until 12:30 a.m.,” Gammon said.

Saturday morning offered another opportunity for riders as many of them awoke to the smells of hot dogs, hamburgers and Polish sausage after spending the night in tents and pop-up trailers.

At 11 a.m., riders sped off on a poker run though Upper Township, into the city of Ironton and back to the Wayne National Forest.

The central location was a popular one for Chris Doolin for Fannin Power Sports in Ashland, Ky. With nearly a dozen vehicles on display, Doolin was available for questions about the latest and most up-to-date ATV’s.

The most popular?

“No doubt the hottest seller right now is the Ranger RZR,” Doolin said. Since coming onto the market in the 2008, the twin-seater has taken the ATV by storm. The price of the one Doolin had on display? $13,990.

A second hoot owl ride kicked off Saturday night along with a weekend-long GPS scavenger hunt. Sunday’s main event was a corn hole tournament for riders and non-riders.

Information about the Hanging Rock ATV club can be found at hratvclub.com.