Are you readddyy? This weekend there are several events happening on the shore that encourages viewers and participants to get down and dirty. The Civic Center has been transformed into a mountainous dirt ring designed for jumping cars, running over things, and destroying trucks. Locals who love mountain biking can enjoy getting muddy after Friday’s rain storm. They’re in for muddy biking trails. Another option? Art. A few art galleries will open their doors and welcome guests to view new artwork. Socially speaking, have fun on the shore and enjoy your weekend…

The Monster Truck Winter Nationals will take place at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center (500 Glen Avenue) in Salisbury this weekend. On Friday and Saturday nights, adults and children can see the nation’s top monster trucks will drive into the Civic Center. The main attraction is the humungous off-road truck with towering tires known as Bigfoot. There are three performances: Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 2 pm, and another at 7:30 pm. The event is hosted by Checkered Flag Productions.  Tickets, which range in price from $10-20, can be purchased by calling 410-548-4911.

The International Mountain Bicycling Association – Eastern Shore chapter will be hosting a Mountain Bike Fun Race at the Pocomoke YMCA (1900 Worcester Highway) on Sunday, January 29th. There are biking trails cut through the woods on the YMCA property. Starting at noon and continuing until 4 pm, races will be determined by age groups. Adults who enter the contest by be ready to race by 12:30 pm. Kids races will start once the adults have finished. Entry fees are just $5 per bike and are considered a donation to the YMCA. The event is sponsored by local businesses like Fenwick Island Bicycle Shop, Bethany Bike Shop, Continental Cycles, Pedal Works Cyclery, Salisbury Cycle, and Loaded Gun Customs. Participants are encouraged to bring their bathing suits, too.

The Dorchester Center for the Arts in Cambridge, MD will be open to the public and showcasing artwork from Eastern Shore locals. Paintings by Faith Lord will be displayed along with work from Walt Schumacker, Rina Thaler and Edward Eckert. All artists are from the coast: Ocean City and Rehoboth Beach areas. The Center for the Arts (321 High Street) is dedicated to increasing access to the arts for all members of the community by supporting extensive outreach and educational opportunities. Support local artists and art history by visiting the Center for the Arts to see this new exhibit. The exhibit will be on display until January 29th.

The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art (909 S. Schumaker Drive) in Salisbury, MD will be showcasing Swanfall this weekend.  Swanfall is an exhibit featuring carvings, painting, and artifacts that explore the natural and cultural history of the swan. These beautiful and graceful white feathered creatures have unique mating, migrating, and evolution patterns. The exhibit is located in the Welcome Gallery at the museum. Photography from Swanfall: Journey of the Tundra Swans, written by Salisbury University professor, Tom Horton, and photographed by David Harp, will be visible. The exhibit will be displayed through February 5th. The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art is open Monday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday from 12 -5 pm.