Located just west of St. Luis and outside of the small town of Robertsville sits the Buchanan family farm. Twice a year the tight-knit family transforms 100 acres of their farm into one of the most popular mud events in Missouri. The last event we attended at the Buchanan farm we couldn't believe our eyes when literally thousands of mud-happy Missourians showed up at the gate.
The Buchanan's Mudfest has been a hit ever since the first event back in 2002, and it continues to grow in popularity. The event is extremely popular because the Buchanans offer different types of terrain to entertain every type of driver and vehicle. The 100 acres of farmland are filled with dozens of mud pits, wood trails, a rock garden, a car crush, and hill climbs. There's also a $1,000 purse waiting for the first driver to make it through the bounty hole. That prize is a great incentive for some good action. They host a spring event in May and a fall event in October.
Each Mudfest has either a Hill N Hole competition or a burnout contest. The winner receives $200 in prize money. The cool factor here at Mudfest is the "run what ya brung grassroots free-for-all." Well, we saw a few kids putting the old farm truck though its final paces. We're also wondering what happened to the driver who jumped what looked to be his mom's car on the obstacle course. Each event pulls in about 4,000-5,000 participants. Unfortunately, so many people showed up at the Spring Mudfest that they had to close the gate early to avoid overcrowding. Talk about a mud party!
There are tasty food concessions and T-shirts for sale at each event. So come hungry and drive away with an original Buchanan Mudfest shirt. The next event will be held October 5, 2013. It's always free to get in for our military friends. .