William Wright, top, takes his Chevy truck through the slop as the first contestant in the 2014 Jefferson County 4-H Fair Mud Run grandstand event on Saturday.

The common saying that gets passed around each year is that, "It wouldn't be the fair without rain and mud."

While there was a touch of rain early in the week, this proved to be the driest year that most fairgoers could remember.

The Mud Run organizers were not put out, though. They simply started soaking the dirt about seven hours before the event to get the track nice and juicy for the drivers.

The grandstands were filled and several fans lined up along the edge of the track. One youngster, Keegan Beavers, 4, bottom, had to tip-toe to get his eyes over the concrete barrier to watch the action. Keegan was at the race with his siblings Cassie and Brogan Beavers and his cousins Hailey, Taylor and Colin Gohl, of Midland, Mich. At the end of the event, the bustling fairgrounds went quiet and dark, marking the end of another successful fair season in Jefferson County. See a video with sights and sounds from the Mud Run at www.madisoncourier.com or at the Madison Courier YouTube channel at http://tinyurl.com/MadisonCourierVideo. (Staff photos by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)