As the soggy remnants of Alberto moved toward the nation’s interior Tuesday, leaving scattered flooding and downed trees in the wake of the year’s first named tropical storm, the impact had already made its way into Franklin County with the June Bog Jam being postponed.
The annual mud bog event was scheduled to be held Saturday.
However, James Cantrell, the event’s coordinator, said conditions were already too wet Tuesday with no sign that the grounds would be drying up before Saturday.
“We hope to reschedule in the next two to four weeks,” he said. “The weather this week didn’t allow us to prepare the property.”
Cantrell explained that mud bog facilities were full of water that would have to be drained. He added that personnel couldn’t get it done because of the expected onslaught of rainwater.
He said mud bogging is more about mud than water, and, although water is necessary to create mud, too much of it doesn’t do the sport any good.”
“It’s just too messy to try to do anything,” Cantrell said.
He said that, in addition to the bog areas, the wet grounds would also be damaged with the traffic on it, so it was just best to delay the event until the area dries up.
The make-up date will be posted in the Herald Chronicle and on its website at heraldchronicle.com and the newspaper’s Facebook page.
Information about the event will also be listed on the County Fair Board’s website at www.franklincountyfairtn.com and on the organization’s Facebook page — Franklin County Fair TN.