An event that’s growing like crazy!By the staff of Dirt Wheels
UTV Takeover came to life six years ago when Steve McCarthy and Jim McIntire saw a need for family-friendly events catered to the quickly growing UTV market. This action-packed event tour has become highly anticipated year after year by UTV enthusiasts across the states. Sponsors, vendors and off-road superstars bring together thousands of people for days of fun activities and epic riding. 2020 was the first time for the UTV Takeover at Sand Hollow. This year’s turnout at the gorgeous Utah state park was up by 60 percent from last year.
Crowds came out in droves for the variety of events. Mornings began with a choice of guided group rides. Those guided rides let riders experience the variety of epic trails that span Sand Hollow. You have expert navigators who keep you safe and help improve your trail skills. Seeing others clear a climb or drop, then have your wheel placement guided, helps you learn at an amazing rate. It can truly elevate your skills.
The acclaimed SlikRok crew led multiple rides, Redneck Hubert of Nitro Circus came to hang and ride with fans, and celebrity Jeremy McGrath and Maxxis’ Mike Farmer led two lucky limited ride groups. Rowdy competitions took place every afternoon, with fun games like blind bandit, race the clock, tire toss, barrel racing and more. More high-stakes recreation included short course, sand drags, Rallyfest, Wheeliefest and the record-breaking Huckfest jump contest. Big-name Takeover athletes Al McBeth, Brandon Radach, Wyatt Hastings, Blake Wilkey and boy wonder Ruslan Yankilevich drew mobs to watch Huckfest. Other off-road idols couldn’t miss out on the action, bringing participation from Darren Parsons, Robby Gordon and Packard Performance.
Every night opened with a meet-and-greet happy hour, benefit raffles to give back to the off-road community, night rides, grudge-match drags, and rock-and-roll bingo all in a family-friendly environment.
Hundreds of volunteers have helped the various UTV Takeover events run smoothly and grow exponentially since the modest start in 2015 around a campfire. At every Takeover event, benefit raffle tickets are sold to raise money for local charities and riding area preservation groups. Sand Hollow’s event raffle produced $9000 for charities.
Compared to 2020, the 2021 vendor area was more than double the size. Yamaha was on hand with demo rides for its latest machines. There were two show & shine contests—one for the cleanest cars in the daytime and another at night for cars showing off their style and lights.