— East Texas’ Mud Creek Off-Road Park is the place to be the last week of March when High Lifter Products promotes the biggest mud extravaganza of the year. Mud enthusiasts dream up and build ever-wilder, bigger and badder mud machines, and buff them out to centerfold quality for the premier event. Like NASCAR’S Daytona Speed Week, the High Lifter Mud Nationals kicks off with the biggest and baddest event first—the Bad 2 Da Bone Show & Shine sponsored by JPS Equipment. Wildly lifted UTVs and ATVs dazzle thousands and vie for judges’ votes on the Wednesday afternoon before the real gettin’ down and muddy events start.
New this year, Wheel Pros sponsored daily Battle at the Bounty Hole, a run-what-ya-brung mud-bog challenge, and attendees got to compete for daily Plinko prizes from nine and noon. The Plinko pegboard gave each player a chance at vendor and sponsor swag, shirts, food, wheels and even powdercoating. At event sign-up, mudders got a program bag with coupons and discounts for product and services.
GATORS AND WADERS
Most of Thursday was devoted to checking out the vendor area, playing Plinko and battling at the Bounty Hole until it was time for the MB Quart Poker Run, a night ride around the 4100-acre Mud Creek Off-Road Park with five checkpoints. High and Low hands win after everyone gathers five cards. Friday afternoon is all about the Polaris Mudda-Cross, where combatants negotiate a short course submerged in mud on ATVs and UTVs. High Lifter provided purse money of $1000 to win the UTV and Super Modified classes, $800 to win the Pro A and Pro B ATV classes, $650 for the Bogger-class win and $500 for winning the Lites ATV class. Second and third in each class also got paid $200 to $750. Friday and Saturday nights Polaris hosted the Polaris Extreme concert featuring Tim Montana and the Shrednecks, Cody Cooke and the Outlaws, Canaan Smith, and the Cody Wayne Band.
Saturday, the Audio Formz Mud Jam pitted contestants’ sound systems against the decibel meter to see who could rock the loudest, and maybe vibrate all that caked mud off of the machines. The Polaris UTV Short-Track MX returned and dominated Saturday afternoon with practice, heat races and finals of 800cc, 900cc, 1000cc amateur and 1000cc pro UTV classes. Big air, bigger roost and tire-rubbing highlighted each final as racers fought it out for $750 to $1000 first-place purses.
WINNING A HIGH LIFTER XP1K LE!
During the Saturday-night Extreme Outlaw concert, those that registered at the Polaris booth got a chance at winning a 2017 Polaris High Lifter Edition RZR XP 1000 EPS. Steven Ensey was the lucky winner for 2017, but who will it be in 2018?
Be sure to mark your calendars for March 28–April 1, 2018, for the next High Lifter Mud Nationals. The 2017 event was sponsored by Polaris, High Lifter, Warn Industries, Audio Formz, JPS Equipment, MB Quart and Wheel Pros. Vendors included the above, plus Yamaha, Can-Am, Textron Off-Road/Arctic Cat, Hisun, Twisted V Motorsports, several mud apparel companies, and Cajun and Texas BBQ eateries. Campers should register early for the 80 RV slots with water and electricity and another 35 slots with water, electricity and septic, or dry camp in the many fields. There are also cabins on-site. Entry for the week is $75, and dry camping in 600 acres of fields is $30 per RV.
Mud Creek Off-Road Park
3971 County Road 4209 (physical)
2217 Robbins (mailing)
Jacksonville, TX 75766
High Lifter Products
780 Professional Dr. North
Shreveport, LA 71105
(800) 699-0947, (318) 524-2270