Mud Mania event to be held Saturday in county

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 17, 2006

NATCHEZ &8212; Take two 200-foot long pits of 4-foot deep mud, add about 2,000 spectators and a few trucks and you&8217;ve got what Jeff Foxworthy would call fun.

But he&8217;s not the only one, local sponsors of the second annual Mud Mania are expecting several thousand to attend Saturday&8217;s event, which they&8217;ve self billed as &8220;the biggest redneck party on Earth.&8221;

&8220;People come from all over,&8221; coordinator Mark Porter said. &8220;Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, but there&8217;s a huge influx from around here.&8221;

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And the more adventurous can do more than watch &8212; they can ride.

&8220;It&8217;s not just professionals,&8221; Porter said. &8220;If you&8217;ve got a four-wheel drive truck that you take to the hunting camp you can ride.&8221;

The event will feature three main events, mud boggs, the tuff truck competition and the truck tug-a-war.

Mug boggs puts trucks in the mud pits to see who can drive to the end first. Tuff truck competitors will ride on a circle track full of obstacles like ditches, mud pits and hills. Tug-a-war is a bumper-to-bumper pull.

The event also includes a kid run &8212; a foot race through the mud.

Winners receive cash prizes and bragging rights for a year.

Porter &8212; Country Boy on 95 Country radio &8212; started Mud Mania after moving to Natchez from Alexandria. There he held similar events and branched out to concerts.

&8220;This is one thing no one else was doing,&8221; he said. &8220;Everyone had dirt drags around here, but we wanted to see people get into the mud.&8221;

Last year&8217;s event was a success, and Porter said he plans to host more events in the future.

Saturday&8217;s Mud Mania will last all day at 154 Forest Home Road &8212; about 12 miles north of Natchez. Signs will be posted off U.S. 61 North. A map and more information is available on the Web site at

Tickets are $8 in advance at Great River Honda or $10 at the gate. Children under 12 get in for $5.

Concessions will be available and beer will be sold.

To enter a truck, visit the Web site.