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March 12, 2011

Mud Nationals coming to Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE — The High Lifter ATV Mud Nationals 2011 will make a splash in the red mud of East Texas March 23-27.

With more than 15,000 people expected to be in attendance and $26,700 in cash prizes to give away, this year’s event should be a blast, said Tracie Engie, High Lifter Mud Nationals event coordinator.  

“The town of Jacksonville has been very good to us, as far as bringing in that many people,” Engie said. “It’s a help to the economy but it can also be trying on some of the residents’ patience, I’m sure, but they’ve always been very, very good to us.”

New to the Mud Nationals this year is the Mud Jam Stereo Competition, a duel of decibels in which the ATV owner with the loudest stereo wins $350 and the competitor with the most outrageous looking stereo wins a prize package.

The package includes $350 and a two-night concert series, featuring national recording artist Brantley Gilbert, red dirt country singer Brandon Rhyder, Backseat Molly, Rosehill, the Scooter Brown Band, The Cody Riley Band, and The Kyle Bennett Band.

Cash isn’t the only prize. Attendees also have the chance to win a Limited Edition 2011 Ranger RZR XP. Throughout the five-day event, attendees will get the chance to win one of 30 golden tickets. After the last race of the Polaris Mudda-Cross, Polaris keys will be given in exchange for golden tickets. The key that starts the engine of the Limited Edition 2011 Ranger RZR XP is the winner.

Mudding isn’t just for adults. There are numerous events for kids, including the Kiddie Mud Bog.

The classic events — Polaris Mudda-Cross, Can-Am/BRP Mud Bog, EPI Endurance Challenge,  Bad 2 ‘da Bone Competition, and S3 Powersports Poker Run — will be back for another spin in the mud. There are three classes in the Can-Am/BRP Mud Bog, and seven classes in the Polaris Mudda-Cross.

Vendors and sponsors of  High Lifter ATV Mud Nationals 2011 will bring trailers of ATVs to the event. A few of the companies that will be displaying their latest models are Artic Cat, Polaris, Yamaha, and Can-Am/BRP.

“We have vendors from all over the United States,” Engie said. “The manufacturers bring displays of bikes, they’re current lineup of bikes, the 2011 models. Warn Industries repairs wenches for people that already have them. We have service vendors that repair bikes that break down.”

Every year, the Mud Nationals bring in more than $1 million to Jacksonville businesses, said Peggy Renfro, president of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.

“(High Lifter ATV Mud Nationals) brings in a lot of different people, and a lot of them will stay in four or five days,” Renfro said. “Hotel, room and board, fuel, food, grocery stores, Wal-Mart, the convenience stores — they are all impacted by (Mud Nationals) coming into town.”

Robert Sadler, owner of Sadler’s Marine and Sporting Goods, said his sales increase by 40 percent when Mud Nationals comes to town.

“From the first of March until after Mud Nationals, people are getting hyped up and getting ready, getting things ready and buying stuff, so it’s a big time for us,” Sadler said. “It’s great for our business.”

The High Lifter ATV Mud Nationals 2011 will be at Mud Creek Off-Road Park, 3971 County Road 4209, in Jacksonville.

Admission is $50 and children under 6 years old are admitted for free with the purchase of an adult admission ticket. Camping for RVs is $30.  

There are alcohol and strobe light restrictions for Mud Nationals attendees. To learn more, visit www.atvmudnationals.com.

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