Redbud celebrates 45 years of racing

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Every year, fans and riders alike circle their calendar for the 4th of July weekend, knowing that it's Redbud. It's one of the biggest races on the motocross circuit, and this year, they're celebrating their 45th anniversary.

Over the course of that nearly half-century of racing, Redbud has grown to an even that brings in over 25,000 people every year.

The fans love the atmosphere, and it's the people that come out year after year that keep this event what it is.

"I think we've been doing it so long the years kind of creep up on us," Redbud co-owner Amy Ritchie said. "I think it makes me feel old, more than anything, but it's very cool. There's just lots of history - generations of history - and to me, that's the coolest thing to see, the families that have been coming with maybe grandpa in the 70s and then dad started racing and now the kids are racing, and I think that's really cool."

"It means a lot, just to see how consistent they are in their work ethic," motocross racer and Westville native Travis Sewell said. "If you saw pictures of the facility 45 years ago to what it is now, how much it's evolved with the sport, it's really cool to see how much they've put back into it. My brother actually works here so I know how much work gets put back into it, and they all work really, really hard to make it look this nice, so I'm extremely appreciative."

Sewell has been coming to Redbud since he was a kid, and considers it his home track. In fact, his first ever race came at Redbud, and while it didn't go so well, it still is one of his favorite Redbud memories.

"Redbud has always been my home track," Sewell said. "My first-ever race was here, so it's pretty cool to be able to race professionally on a track that I once was scared to death of."

"It's really cool to bring back the memory of my first race and how terrible it went," he added. "But at the end of the day I was just asking my mom and dad when were we going to the next one? So that to me is the most memorable. It's a five-lap race usually on an amateur day and I maybe did one or two laps that day just because I was barely moving. To remember stuff like that is kind of cool, just to see where I've made it to and where I am today."