EAGLE RIVER - The AMSOIL Eagle River Derbytrack's first-ever ATV & UTV World Championship Derby is in full gear.
Racers say they are impressed with the first-ever event.
"There's been really no ATV races in Wisconsin and for them to have us here and do this event, it's going to be pretty cool," said professional ATV driver Cody Janssen. "I'm pretty excited to be a part of it."
The warm weather is a welcome change to racers like Jay Mittelstaedt, who are used to racing at the annual snowmobile derby in the winter.
"It's really weird because if you've been coming here for however long and it's snow and ice and cold...now the grass is green and there's piles of dirt," Mittelstaedt said. "It's a little different but it's pretty cool."
Racers of all ages and skill dashed around the track.
For many racers and fans, the derby is a family affair.
"My husband took it up when he was a kid, he's been racing for almost 20 years, and we just finally got into it these last few years and thought it would be something for the kids to get into," said parent and racer
Michele Grant. "And I started three years ago and it's a lot of fun."
Racers want spectators to see a good show.
"That's why I hope that hill is full today and I hope people come out and appreciate how cool this is," Janssen said.
The event continues until the championships on Sunday afternoon.