POSTED: Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 7:40pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 9:52am
JACKSONVILLE, TEXAS (KETK) — It's one of the biggest ATV events in the world and it's right in our back yard.
The 12th annual 'High Lifter ATV Mud Nationals kicked off on Wednesday and lasts until Sunday. This event keeps growing every year.
There's nothing like the Mud Nationals just take a look at this place Mud Creek Off road park is filled with campers, ATV's and four-wheelers.
It's getting muddy in Jacksonville, thousands of people from all over the world are here for racing, riding and good time."
We're told 25,000 people are expected again this year. Riders say, being here for this event is worth the long drive.
"We like bring a little Southern Louisiana hospitality to Texas, you just all our friends from around the world that we met here in East Texas and just have a good time with them," said James Evans of Louisiana, Southern Mud Riders.
"You know it's great trails a lot of room to ride, just a whole week of riding and having fun," said Nick Slaughter of Florida.
In the next few days, there will be races, vendor displays, cookouts and concerts.
"The party pits is what a lot of people like to do and it's fun to watch everybody go out and get stuck. We really like to hit the trails. because there's not a whole lot to do back home that we can ride," said Michael Pankey of Arkansas.
The Mud Nationals brings in big business for Cherokee County and many visitors we spoke to say they make East Texas their yearly vacation spot for all the Mud Nationals events.
"A lot people just don't understand until they get out here and do it," said Evans.
Organizer Scott Smith of High Lifter Products says, Cherokee County has made everyone feel at home and looks forward to more Mud Nationals in years to come.
Mud Nationals 2014 Event Schedule: