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Concerns over mud bogging in Sweden

Posted at: 03/27/2013 5:22 PM
Updated at: 03/27/2013 6:01 PM
By: Christine VanTimmeren

Do you know what mud bogging is? It's a sport that's goal is to drive through the mud without getting stuck. In Sweden, one man has held mud bogging events before and he wants to make sure he can continue to do it legally.

There will be a battle brewing inside Sweden Town Court Wednesday night. It involves a homeowner's plan to re-zone an area that is currently zoned residential to recreational/commercial.
     
Homeowner Mike Waeghe wants to rezone his land so he can continue to hold mud bogging events where hundreds of people come to the large mud pit on his property to run through it with their trucks.

But neighbors say they're bothered by the noise of the big trucks and they're worried about all the traffic and potential for rowdy crowds.

But Mike says, he's got all his ducks in a row. He says the DEC told him there's no environmental impact, the county told him they're on board and the town says all he needs to do is get the land rezoned. He says the mud bogging events he holds four times a year are a big draw and bring in thousands of dollars to the local economy.

The town board will hear from both Mike and his neighbors. There's a chance the board could vote on the rezoning at their next meeting in April.  Mike says he hopes it's approved because his first mud bogging event is scheduled for May 11.