The 5th annual ‘The Haganator’ at Rose Hill will be held this Saturday and Sunday, October 8 & 9 in Red Boiling Springs at 2791 Oak Grove Road. The Haganator is an annual event in memory of Hagan Mathews Hix. Hagan was tragically killed on June 6, 2011 due to injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident when he failed to negotiate a curve on Heady Ridge Road, and hit a tree while driving his 2001 Honda Shadow. He was just two months shy of his 19th birthday at the time of the accident.
The Haganator originally started in 2010 and was named The Race at Rose Hill. Hagan was still alive and a part of that race. At the time of his death, his parents, Mark and Kim Hix wanted to find a way to continue to show the community Hagan’s love for racing and honor his memory. They continued to have the race but renamed it ‘The Haganator’ in 2011 to honor their late son. They decided to also honor their son by providing a scholarship in their son’s name. The Hagan M. Hix Scholarship fund was established in June, 2011 upon his death at the age of 18 (two months shy of his 19th birthday). The family developed the fund to honor his memory by giving a scholarship to a deserving student in order to continue Hagan’s strong desire to always help others. The scholarship is awarded to a deserving student at Macon County High School, Red Boiling Springs High School, or Clay County High School (or all three if enough funds are raised). She explained that the scholarship came about shortly after her son’s death. “People gave us money and we decided to invest it in a scholarship fund to help others who helped us during our tough time,” explained Kim. She said she hopes that this event continues to grow.
Hagan was a Freshman at the University of Tennessee at the time of his death and would have been a Sophomore in the Fall of 2011. His mother, Kim, described Hagan as a very loving young man who loved people and helping people. Hagan’s mother said that racing has always been in the family. She explained that basically almost all of Hagan’s family loved to race so what better way to continue to honor his memory than to continue doing what Hagan loved to do. Hagan was an avid rider of various vehicles including dirt bikes. Hagan enjoyed life and touched the lives of all who knew him with his infectious smile and genuine, caring nature. “He would have loved this and would have loved to have seen all these people here but would have also been embarrassed by it as well”, said Kim.
Saturday events: 8 a.m. Youth ATV, 9 a.m. Youth SXS, 10 a.m. Ladies SXS, 11 a.m. Amateur SXS, 1 p.m. Pro SXS, 3 p.m. Pit Bike Race, 5 p.m. HMH Scholarship dinner, and 7 p.m. RBS Fire Dept. Benefit SXS & ATV Mud Bog.
Sunday events: 7 a.m. worship service, 8:30 a.m. Youth MC, 10 a.m. Pee Wee MC, 11 a.m. Adult MC, and 2 p.m. Adult ATV.