— The 3 best events of the year —
The original UTV Takeover event took place three years ago as an alternative to DuneFest and SandFest, which were taking place in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation area. Those events are good, but UTV Takeover creators Jim McIntire and Steve McCarthy knew they could do better. Capitalizing on the growing UTV movement, they took what people loved about the two premier dune events and launched the UTV Takeover. ATV and dirt bikes are, of course, still welcome to attend, and they do have specific competitions, classes and prizes for the handlebar crowd as well.
One event that really caught our attention last year was the scavenger hunt. The event encouraged participants to explore every corner of the campground, event area and sand dunes to find a variety of items. The 2018 hunt is expected to be bigger and better. At each venue, signature UTV Takeover events will include HuckFest (Not Idaho), UTV wheelie contest called Rock & Roll Bingo, Lampoon Dune Vacation and much more.
UTV Takeover is literally taking over the country. In 2018 there will be three events in three different locations. The original Takeover will kick off the summer season at Box Car Hill Campground in Coos Bay, Oregon, June 27th–July 1st. This event doesn’t sell out, and participation is free, although camp spots do fill up fast. You can purchase VIP packages to enhance the experience. The towns of Coos Bay, Florence and Reedsport do have hotel rooms if you need to stay off-site.
Next, the Takeover tour will head northeast to the beautiful town of McCall, Idaho, August 8–12th. This event will focus on mountain trail rides and exploring the Payette Lakes. This event conclueds with a huge UTV gathering in the town of MacCall, where UTVs will take over.
2018’s UTV Takeover will finish off with a trip to the Little Sahara Sand Dunes in Waynoka, Oklahoma, northwest of Oklahoma City on October 3rd–7th. The Midwest dune riders are used to great events like SandFest or Rattlesnake Round-Up, but the UTV Takeover will bring new sponsors, vendors and riding activities.
For complete details on each venue, visit www.utvtakeover.com.