It has been a few months since we have made it back to one of our favorite local mud events, the St. Lucie Mud Jam in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Two or three times a year this 500-acre, privately owned property is transformed into an insane off-road festival. With a full staff, a massive insurance policy, and a complete crew of local sheriffs on site for security, the three-day party in the woods manages to push all the limits of acceptable behavior (in our crowd) while staying safe for the fans. The St. Lucie Mud Jam is more than just an off-road enthusiasts playground; it is quickly becoming a paradise for anyone trying to get away and forget city life and enjoy the mud life.
Colleen and Larry Thomas own and run this event and also host the preparty at Cowboy’s Saloon. The soon-to-be world-famous Saturday night bonfire was also their idea, but it comes with an explicit parental advisory. Let’s just say the bonfire is incredible entertainment for the adults.
This event went through some changes and upgrades based on fan input because the Thomases are always looking to improve the experience. The recent addition of mega truck races has made for a fun Saturday afternoon break from the hardcore mudslinging. The buggies and trucks line up around the track about an hour before the first racer fires his motor for a good spot.
Day races are really exciting as long as you can keep yourself cool and out of the sun. Nothing beats a Saturday afternoon hanging out on a swamp buggy that’s cranking out good music, downing an ice-cold beer, and telling lies to your buddies. And while those cold beers are filling your gullet, Jimmy Faucett’s insane coal-rollin’ Duramax and insanely cool mega trucks are running laps on the track in front of you!
After the races, everyone usually heads back to camp to the vendor area for food and recharge—it will be a late night. As night falls the girls come out to party. Once the lights from the stage flicker on and the band starts to play, we all know the party is in full swing. You can count on about 90 percent of the 10,000 people in attendance to all be out cruising and having a good time.
During the concert, it’s tough to maneuver through the maze of buggies and mega trucks near the main road, but once the bonfire party lights up around the mud pits they clear out and head for the fire!
The pits are amazing, usually there is free beer, and there’s always an amazing show by some of the hottest southern girls around. The nighttime party definitely isn’t for minors, but the Mud Jam is family friendly, and there is always something for everyone else to do.
Whether you have a stock Ford Ranger or a 5-ton military rig, this park has a mud hole for you and all your buddies. Sunday is always known as the slow day, but it’s the perfect day for the hardcore guys who don’t want to quit. There are fewer ATVs in the pits, fewer stack trucks asking for help (not that that’s a bad thing), and there’s small crowd at the indoor showers and bathrooms.
We wouldn’t do the park justice without mentioning the freshly brewed sweet tea and the amazing BBQ and smoked food. It is hands-down always the best food around.