It is currently the weekend of April 24-26 and we have been planning this trip to Colfax, Louisiana, since the end of October. A lot of preparation is needed to travel over 12 hours just to play in some mud, but this is what we live for and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
This weekend in particular is called Louisiana MudFest, and it’s another great Trucks Gone Wild event. The entire team at TGW has been putting on extremely entertaining motorsports events since 2006, and they show no sign of slowing down. Nicknamed “the traveling circus,” this promotion has quickly become a can’t-miss attraction for anyone who enjoys being entertained by big trucks, high horsepower, and a family-fun atmosphere. MudFest is a major event that everyone in the Mud Life family continues to look forward to each year.
One of the primary reasons we decided to make this road trip was to meet up with a group of fellow four-wheelers called the Louisiana Mud Club. We originally met this crew at Iron Horse Mud Ranch in Perry, Florida, last October. After having such a great time with their mud club slingin’ mud all weekend, we figured that it’s only right to return the favor with a trip to their mud holes in Louisiana. Louisiana Mud Club is a huge group of girls and guys that come from all over Louisiana and Texas to play in the nastiest mud they can find. This enthusiastic club has grown into strong family just like us, so meeting them only embodied the feeling that goes along with this sport.
Our trip originally started on Tuesday, April 22, even though we were set to leave on the 23rd. As I always say, what’s the sense in sleeping when we can be driving to the mud hole? This actually turned out to be a good idea because the tow rig we intended to use developed power gain issues while we were picking up our last passenger about five hours into the trip. We knew we had to make a decision quickly. Should we just let a truck slow us down or find another tow rig? Any true hardcore bogger knows that there’s only one real answer. We push on!
Unfortunately that solution didn’t last too long. After another unexpected stop we decided to switch tow trucks and hit the running. Luckily we were able to finish the trip with no major problems other than a quick fix to a turbo hose that blew off. The drive we expected to take 12 hours was finally completed in 27, so it’s a good thing we left a day early. It was a long ride, but we made it on time as always. Once we arrived at the gate, some extremely beautiful Texas-born women greeted us and graciously took our money before letting us in.
Now that the hard part is over, it’s time to go find the Louisiana Mud Club’s camping area. As we drove through the park we noticed that the layout of this event is so simple but it works really well. The entire area is surrounded on three sides by the Red River of the South, which is the second-largest river basin in the southern Great Plains, flowing from Texas all the way to Louisiana. This particular Louisiana MudFest has anything you could possibly need for a successful weekend right on site, including plenty of food venders serving burgers, ribs, and even hot fresh crawfish. There are plenty of locations with free hot showers and bathrooms all around the park so you can bring the whole family. This event is unique thanks to the parts suppliers that are on site in case you break while bogging. The Louisiana MudFest event staff also brought in some mechanics willing to help if you need it. Ice-cold beer is flowing at the saloon, which is designed for all ages of visitors to enjoy.
The mud club was full of super-nice individuals who really went out of their way to take care of us, even donating a camper to stay in. Over the entire weekend they treated us like family, and we can’t thank them enough.
As our new friends led us to our spot for the weekend, we noticed that a ton of people were already at the park ready to go hard, and it was only Wednesday night! So far we had received a very warm welcome for being a group of Florida mudders that none of them knew till today. As we unloaded the truck and side-by-side off the trailer, tons of really nice people came by and spoke with us about anything and everything regarding the mud scene. Nothing is better than talking to our fans about our love for the sport, but we were so tired from the long haul and desperately needed some sleep.
After getting what was no doubt going to be our last good night of sleep for the weekend, we were awoken to the sound of full-throttle mega trucks going four wide down the road. Obviously this was going to be an event for the record books, so we jumped out of our beds and into our trucks. The steady flow of visitors coming through the gates was a clear sign that these people like to get started early.
By Thursday afternoon there were more spectators, mud trucks, side-by-sides, and even lawn mowers at the park than we usually see on a Saturday afternoon at most other mud holes. So after taking some time to meet and greet with a few different groups at the camping area, we decided to take a complete tour the park. Areas are set up for all kinds of fun, including some nasty mud holes for the big trucks, ATV and Jeep paths for trail rides, a clean swimming area for the kids to cool off in, and wash-downs for your rig. Louisiana MudFest generally has something for every type of off-roader to enjoy somewhere in the park. The consistency of the mud here in Louisiana is thick, like clay. There is not a lot of water mixed in the muck, just straight-up axle breaking, horsepower robbing, mega truck swallowing kind of stuff. The best way I can describe it is like modeling clay that doesn’t want to come off very easy.
After a great day of mud slingin’ we thought the fun was going to come to an end for the day, but then we noticed a steady stream of vehicles heading to the big mud hole in the back. Instead of taking the side-by-side to the party, our friends from Texas who drive the Ballin on a Budget truck stopped by and picked us up on their buggy to ride out. Once we arrived to the pit, we realized these people have even more fun at night than they do during the day. On a homemade stage a DJ was pumping out music. The fans grabbed onto just about anything they could stand on before the ground quickly turned into a giant, wide-open party in the mud that went all night long.
We think that this park’s simplicity is one of the secrets to its success. No special events like races or bounty holes go on here, just a good old-fashioned mud bog. I asked the promoters why there were no competitions and they simply said, “We’re just here to have a good time, and you will never get 20,000 people organized enough to make it happen.” That sounds reasonable to us. The mentality for this event is to run what you brung and break what you can. It’s the only way to get better.
To sum this trip up, we had a great time with many newfound friends, the kind of people who help each other out of any situation. This will be a trip we put on our schedule every year. Check out upcoming event and information on this killer event at louisaniamudfest.com. The next event that Hard Log Life will be covering is Slopoke Boggin mud park in Eastman, Georgia. Hope to see you there.