One of the biggest ATV/UTV derbies in Canada was held on Saturday in St. Jean.
Despite the muddy conditions, the 19th annual event attracted 740 machines and 365 riders. The mud bog racing on Friday attracted over 60 entries including a kids division.
Organizer Sandra Fillion says they're still tallying up the totals, but on a good year the event can raise $50,000 for the community.
"It's great because being a small community, a lot of the organizations, they're small so there's not a lot of funding. The profits from the derby helps them out. Everything from daycare equipment to park equipment to arena renovations, fire department profits. There's so many that every little bit helps. What's nice is that there's so many people from out of our community that come to support us and it's out of town money that's supporting our causes."
The St. Jean ATV/UTV Derby features 26 kilometres of trails along the Red River and attracts riders from across the province.
Fillion said it takes a real community effort to put on the event.
"It takes a lot of volunteers from the kids from school, from the parents, from the grandparents who have to watch the kids so that they can come and help us out. At least 200 volunteers for the day and for the week...It takes a crew. We're fortunate our community is small but we've got great community support."