Racing fans watch motocross racing during the Kicker Arenacross and Freestyle Motocross Show on Saturday at McGee Park Coliseum in Farmington.
Racing fans watch motocross racing during the Kicker Arenacross and Freestyle Motocross Show on Saturday at McGee Park Coliseum in Farmington. (Jon Austria — The Daily Times)

FARMINGTON — The sounds of roaring engines echoed through McGee Park Coliseum on Saturday as motocross contestants circled around the arena, leaping through the air and kicking up dirt behind them.

After a long day of racing, finalists from earlier in the day competed in the evening's Kicker Arenacross and Freestyle Motocross Show.

The Kicker Arenacross and Freestyle Motocross Show travels around the country for competitions. In addition to dirt bikes, the show includes a category for quad bikes and has different age divisions.

Some of the people who competed Saturday travel regularly with the show.

Pat Surprise of Greeley, Colo., is one of those people. On Saturday, he took home two first-place plaques.

Surprise has participated in motocross since 1979. Before that, he watched the races on TV.

"As a little kid, you kind of want to do that stuff," he said.

While he mainly competes around Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado, he has also competed in Texas and New Mexico.

"We make a little family trip out of it," he said.

The family sees local attractions whenever they visit a new place. In Farmington, they stopped by the Farmington Museum. Surprise, who works in the oil fields in Greeley, noticed a display outside the museum of old, antique oil equipment. He said this made him want to check out the museum.

Chase Mueller also traveled to participate in the show. Mueller, who has been riding for 20 years, drove down from Fort Collins, Colo., which, for him, is a short trip. Mueller said he participates in jet ski competitions and travels from coast to coast for those.

Mueller said the track at McGee Park was different than what he is used to and he had to adjust accordingly.

"This is a small, short technical track," he said.

To adjust his bike for the race, he softened the suspension to handle the shorter jumps.

CJ Chaparro from El Paso, Texas, finishes his race during the Kicker Arenacross and Freestyle Motocross Show on Saturday at McGee Park Coliseum in
CJ Chaparro from El Paso, Texas, finishes his race during the Kicker Arenacross and Freestyle Motocross Show on Saturday at McGee Park Coliseum in Farmington. (Jon Austria — The Daily Times)

While many contestants traveled from out of town, locals also entered the competition.

Terrence Phillips, 11, of Bloomfield competed in the show for the seventh year in a row. Like Surprise and his family, Phillips' family made the event a family affair.

Terrence Phillips and his brother, Sean, and cousin, Jeren Alsup, practice together on a course that stretches over the family's seven acres.

Terrence Phillips said he enjoys hanging out with his family at motocross events.

"Everybody cares about racing in our family," he said.

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