Are you tough enough to wear pink? If you are then you are daring enough to join the fight against breast cancer at the 3rd Annual Surplus City Fall Mud & Crawl on September 6 and 7.

Are you tough enough to wear pink? If you are then you are daring enough to join the fight against breast cancer at the 3rd Annual Surplus City Fall Mud & Crawl on September 6 and 7.

This fall's Mud & Crawl sponsors - Surplus City, C-J Jeep.com, Feather River Rock Crawlers and Hobbie Toyota - have pledged to donate $1 from the general admission fee of each fan who is tough enough to wear a pink shirt to the competition to the Think Pink Team of Butte County, a non-profit, community-based organization that provides information and resources to educate the public about breast cancer and the need for early detection.

"I am thrilled that the Surplus City Mud & Crawl event sponsors not only see the value of what we do, but also take the responsibility to do something to be a part of change," said Wendy Azevedo, coordinator for the Think Pink Team. "To promote breast cancer awareness at an event of this capacity has a huge impact on the general public. All proceeds donated to the Think Pink Team from the 3rd Annual Surplus City Fall Mud & Crawl will go right back into the community."

But the Think Pink Team will not be the only beneficiary of the 3rd Annual Surplus City Fall Mud & Crawl. Since 2006, the even has also hosted a raffle to benefit Butte County Search and Rescue, each time raising more than $1,500 for the all-volunteer search and rescue organization. And that tradition will be upheld with another raffle at this year's competition.

"Sure we're a business, but we're also a member of the Butte community," said event director Bob Frank. "It's the community that helps make this event a success, and donating back to the community through Think Pink and Search and Rescue is our way of sharing that success. Our goal is to see a sea of pink when we look out at the fans, and that each of those fans is holding a fistful of raffle tickets."

Well, fans are going to need to hang on to something as this year's competition promises to be bigger, better, tougher and more exciting than ever.

Nearly 100 drivers from California, Nevada and Oregon are expected to thrill and delight more than 1,500 fans as they compete in their modified and super-modified, custom 4WD vehicles against the clock, against themselves, and against some of the roughest, toughest 4WD courses on the planet.

Fans will hold their collective breath as drivers maneuver over three treacherous rock courses, including two completely new ones that are sure to have even the most experienced drivers "white knuckling" their steering wheels.

Fans will stand back ... waaaaay back ... and watch the mud fly as drivers competing in four classes - 4 cylinder, 6 cylinder, 8 cylinder and unlimited - slog their way through the newly expanded 160-foot long, 4-foot deep thick, gooey mud bog. How many drivers will make it and how many will get bogged down and have to be towed out?

Fans will watch in awe as drivers demonstrate their finesse by balancing their 4WDs on the infamous, only one of its kind Gravity Zone Teeter-Totter, specially designed and fabricated by Surplus City from a 30-foot bridge span.

There will be no shortage of hair-raising entertainment at the 2008 Surplus City Fall Mud & Crawl. The event begins at 9 a.m. on both days, and features the driving competitions as well as 4x4 vendor booths, vehicle displays, food, drinks and a Kids Mud Race through the mud bog.
The Think Pink Team and Butte County Search and Rescue will also have booths. No ice chests, alcohol or pets are allowed. The event will be held at Riffles RV Park, located at 4515 Pacific Heights Rd. in Oroville.

For more general information about the event, how to enter the competition or to make campground reservations at Riffles for the weekend, call 533-2500 or visit www.cj-jeep.com.