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Rock crawling championship returns to Farmington

Competition will be held in Brown Springs area of Glade Run National Recreation Area

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
Visitors to downtown Farmington take in rows of rock crawlers during last year's Fall Crawl on Main Street. The car show precedes the World Extreme Rock Grand National Championship, which takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Glad Run National Recreation Area.
  • Drivers will navigate eight challenging courses over the competition's two days.
  • Between 40 and 50 drivers are expected to compete this year.
  • The Fall Crawl Friday takes place on the streets of downtown the night before the competition begins.

FARMINGTON — The World Extreme Rock Grand National Championship is returning to the city next weekend.

The rock crawling championship will challenge drivers to navigate steep slopes and tall rocks in the Brown Springs area of the Glade Run National Recreation Area. The event starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and will continue through the next afternoon.

On Sunday, Sept. 10, a more challenging course will be set up for the leaders of the competition.

Rich Klein, the president of W.E. Rock events, said the majestic scenery makes it a good venue for both drivers and spectators. There are eight courses laid out that the drivers will have to navigate.

Klein said most of the competitions leading up to the championship have happened in locations east or west of here in one of the two national regions. The more central location here makes it so no one will have the "home-court advantage," he said.

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"It's an area that isn't used for competitions typically for either region," he said.

Klein anticipates 40 to 50 drivers will compete in this year's event. While there will be food vendors and portable restrooms at the site, Klein recommended spectators bring chairs and shade awnings.

Jacob Bean and his daughter, Aliyah Bean, 2, take in last year's Fall Crawl on Main Street in downtown Farmington.

This is the second consecutive year the event has taken place here. Tonya Stinson, executive director of Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau, said her organization was excited to learn the event would return this year.

"This is just a great opportunity for us to show off our community," she said.

Tickets are $15 for adults for one day or $25 for both days. Children ages 8 to 15 can get tickets for $5, and younger children will be admitted for free. A military discount of $5 is available with identification. People purchasing tickets online at werocklive.com can use the promo code WEROCK17 for a discounted price.

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The Fall Crawl Friday taking place the day before the competition on the streets of downtown will offer more attractions for four-wheel-drive enthusiasts, including the opportunity to test the suspension on their vehicle.

The Fall Crawl is put on by local four-wheel-drive clubs. During the event, people will have the opportunity to see the vehicles that will be used in the championship. The event goes from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. People who own four-wheel-drive vehicles can show them off during that time.

Gene Starks, of Durango, Colo., looks over a rock crawler during a recent Fall Crawl on Main Street in downtown Farmington.

"It's just a party to welcome the W.E. Rock Grand Nationals," said Rick Jenkins, president of Cliffhangers Four Wheel Drive Club.

He said the flex ramp his club brings to the event is a popular feature.

"Last year, we had one (vehicle) stand up on two tires," he said.

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.