As published on Petoskey News-Review – November 18, 2022
Volunteers and Mudbrothers make Challenge Mountain event a success
WALLOON LAKE — According to organizers, the Challenge Mountain Halloween Spooktacular event was a smashing success thanks to dedicated volunteers.
“We had overwhelming response,” said program director Linda Armstrong. “Everyone had a great time, and we were able to accommodate over 70 participants and 40 caregivers thanks to our amazing volunteers.”
Challenge Mountain is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enrich lives and empower individuals living with disabilities through year-round adaptive recreation.
During the event on Oct. 29, participants enjoyed four-wheeler rides, thanks to Mudbrothers, to the top of Challenge Mountain ski hill in Walloon Lake. Upon arrival at the top, everyone found a campfire for making s’mores. Participants enjoyed pumpkin games at the outdoor pavilion. And, inside the lodge, participants created seasonal crafts and refreshments.
Mudbrothers is a social group of people from all over the region who enjoy side-by-side trail riding. The group often ends a ride at the top of Challenge Mountain for a group photo.
“One day a few years ago, they contacted me wanting to give back to the community with rides to students living with disabilities,” said Armstong. “They came out one fall day and gave rides around the entire property. It was a big success!”
When asked to come back for the Halloween Spooktacular, the Mudbrothers participated again, “many with great decorations,” Armstrong added.
The event had record numbers of volunteers and participants, including:
- 20 Challenge Mountain volunteers
- 20 Mudbrothers volunteers
- 70 participants
- 40 caregivers