The people showed up to the Dixie Run this year in droves. In fact, I was told it was the largest they have had since 2006. I believe it. The crowd gathered at the pavilion for the dinner and raffle was HUGE!
The Dixie Run was first held in Tellico, but has since been moved to a private park called Golden Mountain. This event has something for everyone and is very well organized. In addition to the very challenging trails offered at the park, there are kids games (including a large bouncing house castle), clubs of the SFWDA providing breakfast and lunches, catered dinner, a raffle second to none I've seen, and a generally festive atmosphere. Some described the event as the "Disneyland of Off-Roading." People had a great time.
While I was there, I had the opportunity to talk with a lot of enthusiasts about their concerns on issues and suggestions for BRC. The discussion was often centered on the obvious loss in Tellico, but they are equally concerned on many other issues. This event draws people from all around the US, although most are from the surrounding states which is the demographic of SFWDA.
The people of SFWDA are gracious to welcome you readily at their campfire and almost always offer you some food or refreshments. I was reminded again of how wrongly motorized recreationists are portrayed and vilified. I met and talked with businessmen, engineers, doctors, lawyers, educators, blue and white collar workers, mothers and fathers, teens and children, all who just want to enjoy their chosen form of recreation responsibly together. Every meal, including the catered dinner and raffle are started with a prayer.