ATV Mud Nationals turns out successful

Monday, March 25, 2013 - 6:25pm

The ATV Mud Nationals turned out to be a success this weekend  for both the competitors and the city of Jacksonville.

The 2013 ATV Mud Nationals attracted thousands of people from all over the world.

During the five-day event, we're told almost every hotel in Jacksonville was sold out, the 600-acre Mud Creek area was filled with campers and the restaurants were packed all weekend.

Tracie Engi event coordinator for High Lifter Products says every year they try to make the event bigger and better, and this year they exceeded their expectations.

"I can tell you there were a lot of people. It's probably going to be a record year. If not close. It's definitely going to be a record year," said Engi.  

Not only did High Lifter Products bring a fun event to the city of Jacksonville, it also brought in a ton of money.

Workers at the Jalapeno Tree on hwy 79,  like Chelsea Meador, says this year was the busiest.

And she's worked here for 3 years.

"It has been the craziest year. We even had people parking over at Catfish King and walking over here. It was beyond fantastic," said Meador. 

Problems the Mud Nationals had in the past like traffic control also showed improvement.

Both the Department of Public Safety and New Summerfield Police say they were no complaints of traffic and they only issued one DWI the whole weekend.

"The traffic flow worked really well that was probably the best thing this year," said Engi.  

Both the city of Jacksonville and High Lifter Products agree this event is an economic boost for the city and a fun event to look forward to year after year.

"We're very happy here. It is a perfect venue for this type of event so we love it," said Engi.

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