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2007 High Lifter
ATV Mud Nationals
Mud Creek Off-Road Park
March 28 - April 1, 2007

The 2007 High Lifter ATV Mud Nationals was once again held at Mud Creek Off-Road Park in Jacksonville, Texas, and the 5th Annual event attracted a record crowd of over 13,000 people, which was up from 9,000 in 2006 as the event continues to gain in popularity.

The gates opened on Wednesday and there was a steady stream of trucks and trailers loaded with ATVs flowing into the 3,500 acre facility as the hillsides became speckled with camp sites and thousands of ATVs roaring in all directions.

It was distinctively obvious that this was a mud event as almost every ATV was a utility with monster tires, lift kits, snorkels, and exhaust systems, but there were still a handful of sport ATVs blitzing around the fields as well, and it quickly became obvious that this was not just a single event, but a lifestyle for many of these ATV riders as it appeared more like a family reunion with all the intermingling among the riders.

With such a huge crowd of ATV enthusiast, it was no surprise to the see the ATV manufacturers embracing the event with Arctic Cat, Can-Am, Kawasaki, Polaris, and Yamaha semi-rigs setup at the event along with numerous aftermarket retailers including Gorilla Axles on vendors row.

Not only does the event offer thousands of acres to free ride with trails and mud holes that bringing a whole new meaning to “getting dirty”, there are also numerous competitions through out the four day event with thousands of dollars in prize money up for grabs. These include; Dynojet Bad 2 Da’Bone, Poker Run, Team Gorilla Run, Maxxis Mud-a-Cross, Moose Mud Chic Shootout, Youth Mud Bog, SuperTrapp Mud Bog as well as including a freestyle show performed by Akraix.

The enormousness of the event can’t be realized without seeing it first hand, and arriving without some form off-road transportation is unthinkable with event spread over thousands of acres. Fortunately, Arctic Cat generously lent us a Prowler UTV and Diesel TRV 700 ATV, which allowed us to hit the trails and find out really what the Mud Nationals is all about.

After an open day of riding on Wednesday, the festivities and events kicked off Thursday with the Dynojet Bad 2 Da’Bone Show-N-Shine Competition held along vendors’ row. The Bad 2 Da’ Bone competition featured some of the most extremely modified ATVs with some appearing to be strictly for show with airbrushed paint jobs and chrome while others were ready for the deepest mud pits, and few looked like they just left the mud pit. These ATVs and UTVs were lifted and pimped out with some of the finest bolt on parts along with many custom fabricated parts as well.

Immediately following the Bad 2 Da’Bone Competition, hundreds of people poured in with their ATVs for the start of the Thursday evening’s Poker Run with 2 of the 30 keys up for grabs and the possibility of winning a brand new Can-Am Outlander ATV. The 30 Keys for the Outlander were awarded through out the weekend, but only one key would start the Outlander at the end of the weekend. The Poker Run participants had just five hours to complete the course as they collected cards at five different stations and the participants with the high hand and low hand were awarded one of the 30 keys.

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