Just a few miles outside of the little town of St. Jo, Texas, sits the amazing off-road park of Rednecks With Paychecks. St. Jo is on U.S. Highway 82 East, about 24 1/2 miles west of Gainesville. It’s a small, quaint town that a 100 or so country songs will tell you “is just a stop sign on a map dot.” We love that, and we’re always amazed that small towns like St. Jo can pack their mud events with thousands of trucks and folks ready to party.
Rednecks With Paychecks (RWP) is in the middle of farm country. The rolling hills, canyons, and flatlands are not only great for raising livestock and crops, but some of the territory is a perfect off-roaders’ paradise too. As simplistic as it may sound, there also seems to be plenty of water here, which means mud for mudders! This park has lots of both. RWP is owned by Derrick Morse, and most of the property has been in his family since the 1930s. However, about 120 acres of the property was sold by Granddaddy and the decision is , something he really regretted. A few years later Derek jumped on the opportunity to buy the property back. That was a tough decision since nobody wants to give up their family land, and it’s no secret that finances are a little tough for everyone these days. In order to bring the land back into the family, Derek had the ingenious idea of holding mud events to pay for the property, and the rest, as they say, is history.
We have attended enough mud events in Texas to know a good event when we find one. We’re here to tell you that RWP is the best one we’ve hit so far, a massive Halloween event where literally thousands of reveling mud folks and their trucks, buggies, ATVs, and side-by-sides (and whatever else they could drive) push, pull, and plow through the mud. The event is not held just on the 123 acres but the entire 1000-plus acre property, and it’s packed with all kinds of everything. Guys are literally welding shit together we never thought would make anything, throwing a motor and some mud tires on it, and then running them through the mud. There were times at the event when we would just sit alongside the roads and watch the masses drive by while throwing out Mud Life stickers and snapping photos. It was amazing, and catching the action at the parks five mud pits was just as entertaining and thrilling as heck.
RWP’s mud pits are spread across the park—driving to and from the pits was a blast as people lined the roads in front of their campsites just checking out rigs, throwin’ beads to willing recipients, and partying down. The entire property was like a maze of fun! Entertaining every night on the massive center stage were JB & The Moonshine Band, Mike Ryan, Wade Bowen, and Reckless Kelly. On the field in front of the stage were thousands of guys kicking it and girls wriggling around dancing and showin’ their stuff. It was a pretty cool sight.
Outside of the free-for-all mud pits, racing was the big draw Saturday afternoon. RWP has a nicely designed 1,000-foot-long, side-by-side mud drag track for competitors. We say “nicely designed” because it’s not only great for the racers but safe for the spectators too. The track features concrete barriers along with two additional rows of cable fencing, which will keep any truck from going sideways into the crowd. We give the guys at RWP a thumbs-up for the safety features. Our own Ricky B drove overnight from North Carolina to cover the racing. Make sure you check out the additional RWP race coverage from Ricky and his crew.
Since we know that most folks aren’t just into mudding in giant mud pits, there is something for everyone at RWP. There are a number of off-road trails, creek bottoms, a side-by-side mud drag track for mega trucks and whatever else would like to blast down it, and plenty of camping spots. For those who like to enjoy great food, a vendor’s row serves up great food and supports a number of local charities. Check out RWP’s website for the next event. The place is one mud park we highly recommend.
Rednecks With Paychecks kicked it up a notch Saturday afternoon (December 7) by hosting the series finale race to the rapidly growing Arklatex Pro Mud Racing Series. The Arklatex Series is taking the big-name venues in the area by storm and putting on killer shows everywhere. The trucks that run in this series are quite literally the fastest trucks we see race over flat mud pits all year. They have a wide variety of classes to suit all trucks, including the addition of a healthy and quickly growing Mega Truck class. But when the baddest of the bad Outlaw class runs, everyone’s heads turn. When they ran Saturday afternoon it seemed like the entire crowd at Rednecks With Paychecks crammed themselves around the race track to watch the action! There wasn’t a break in the crowd along the 600-foot-long track area. Those dudes were running in the 3-second to high 2-second track times. Keep an eye on anything associated with Arklatex because it’s taking the mud racing scene by storm.
-Ricky B Wilson