(Posted July 13, 2022)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
The motocross race at the fair will once again honor the memory of Mason Cordell.
Mason, the son of Matt and Amanda Cordell, was a Madison-Plains High School student who loved motocross, football, hunting, snowmobiling, 4-H, FFA and more. He passed away in 2019 as the result of a fall from his motocross bike.
In 2021, Amy Nichols, a Madison County Senior Fair Board member, organized a tribute to Mason that took place before the start of the fair’s motocross race. She is doing the same again this year and invites the public to join in honoring the young man’s life.
The Mason Cordell Memorial Motocross Race is set for July 14 at 7 p.m. Prior to the race, London resident Ruth Peart will sing the National Anthem. Mason’s father, Matt, will lead a prayer after which FastTraxx, the outfit putting on the motocross event, will play a recording made by a supercross announcer in Mason’s honor.
Matt will ride a solo lap around the track on Mason’s bike while one of Mason’s favorite songs plays. Following that first lap, all of the motocross entrants will take a memorial lap.
Just like last year, FastTraxx has designed the race awards to include an image of Mason. Further tributes will come in the form of loved ones and supporters wearing t-shirts emblazoned with 337, Mason’s motocross number.
Proceeds from the t-shirt sales go to the Mason Cordell Scholarship Fund. Mason’s family awards scholarships to graduating seniors from around Madison County. Anyone who would like to support the fund can do so by making a donation at Merchants National Bank, 279 Lafayette St., London OH 43140.