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by Dave ‘Coonbottom” O’Kane

REDNECK YACHT CLUB in Punta Gorda, Florida WILL KICK OFF 2012 WITH BACK-TO-BACK BIG EVENTS starting with an “ATV & Side-by-Sides-Only” event on Jan. 20-22, followed by the huge “Swamp Cabbage Weekend” event on Feb. 24-26. The self-proclaimed “World’s Most Exciting Off-Road Park” held a huge New Year’s Eve Celebration on Dec. 30-Jan. 1 with fireworks and a mud party. Redneck Yacht Club will also host another “Trucks Gone Wild” (TGW) weekend in March.

The great photos on this page were taken by professional photographer George Hewitson (www.GeorgeHewitson.smugmug.com) at the last Trucks Gone Wild racing event held at Redneck Yacht Club on Nov. 12, 2011. For more information, “Like” Redneck Yacht Club’s Facebook page or visit: http://redneckyachtclubmudpark.com/.

Triple Canopy Ranch will unveil all-new mud at its Feb. 3-5, 3rd annual “Florida Cracker Fest” event in Lake Wales. Thousands of mudders will take part in Open Pit Bogging during the three-day event, which will include ATV trails and challenging mud pits, ATV and truck races competing for $3,000 on the famous “Canopy’s Curse” drag strip. Friday night, The Archery Shop will host karaoke, along with TCR’s traditional bonfire that will light up the night sky.

Top off the excitement at Saturday’s “Party After Dark” with another live performance at the new TCR stage. These photos are from TCR’s October 22 event (for more, go online to www.GeorgeHewitson.smugmug.com).

MudMuckers, the world’s largest off-road family fun park, in Bunnell, Florida will host its next muddy event on Jan. 27-29. The park will be open on Friday, Jan. 27 at 9 am and close on Sunday Jan. 29, at 6 p.m.. Don’t forget to bring all your friends and family to enjoy the fun.

Trucks Gone Wild (TGW) and live entertainment by Confederate Railroad will be the highlights of a Feb. 10-12 three-day event at MudMuckers in Bunnell, Florida. Check back here next month for details, or call Iron Horse Billy at (386) 566-1456 and check www.MudMuckers.com.

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Jan. 20-22 – REDNECK YACHT CLUB ATV & UTV-ONLY EVENT

Redneck Yacht Club in Punta Gorda will kick off 2012 with an “ATV & Side-by-Sides-Only” event on Jan. 20-22. Check out www.redneck yachtclubfl.com for details or “like” the Redneck Yacht Club Facebook page. The huge offroad park has 800 acres of trail riding, four mud holes, a drive-thru buggy wash, plenty of parking, camping, restrooms and concessions, as well as a 500-foot oval mud track that hosts some of the most exciting racing in the Southeast. RYC also features live entertainment and more. See ad on page 60 or call (941) 505-8465 for details.

Jan. 27-29 – MudMuckers in Bunnell Three-Day Mud Weekend

MudMuckers, the world’s largest off-road family fun park in Bunnell, Florida will host a mud event on Jan. 27-29. The park will be open on Friday, Jan. 27 at 9 am and close on Sunday Jan. 29, at 6 p.m.. Don’t forget to bring all your friends and family to enjoy the fun with you. MudMuckers is a privately-owned tract of about 11,000 acres in north central Florida, about 30 minutes north of Daytona. It is the best of off-road riding for mud trucks, ATVs and Side-by-Sides, with a 1/8 mile “round pen,” muddy “landing strip,” bottomless mud pit, kiddie ATV pit, the tightest woods trails, deep water, stream crossings, etc. For mud trucks and swamp buggies, MudMuckers has a Hill-N-Hole course, big mud pit and a play area, as well as primitive campgrounds. For more info, see ad on page 62, call Iron Horse Billy at (386) 566-1456 or check www.MudMuckers.com for updates.

Feb. 3–5 – Triple Canopy Ranch Florida Cracker Fest

Triple Canopy Ranch in Lake Wales will host thousands of mudders at TCR’s “3rd Annual Florida Cracker Fest” and “Open Pit Bogging” Feb. 3-5. Enjoy a weekend of awesome weather, ideal for camping, riding and muddin’. There will be plenty of action on TCR’s ATV trails and challenging mud pits, including ATV and Truck races competing for $3,000 on the famous “Canopy’s Curse” drag strip. After you’re done playing, wash off in TCR’s drive-thru truck wash and ATV wash racks. Friday night, The Archery Shop will host karaoke, along with TCR’s traditional bonfire that will light up the night sky. Top off the weekend at Saturday’s “Party After Dark” with another live performance at the new TCR stage. Reserve your campsites soon, and make plans to be there. A limited number of RV/camper electrical hook-ups are available (50 Amp and 110V). Contact [email protected] for more information and reservations. Gates will be open Friday at 10 a.m. until Sunday at 4 p.m. Visit the TCR website for more details at www.triplecanopyranch.com. Triple Canopy Ranch has over 425 acres of the biggest and baddest truck and ATV/UTV pits in the state and is the most centrally located off-road park in Florida, offering ATV-UTV-only pits, miles of trails, circle track, obstacle course track and side-by-side track, shaded camping, designated family camping, clean restrooms, outdoor showers, “Party After Dark” entertainment, on-site vendors (including parts) for repair needs and more.

Feb. 10-12 – MudMuckers Hosts Trucks Gone Wild and Confederate Railroad

The world’s largest off-road family fun park will host Trucks Gone Wild (TGW) and live entertainment by Confederate Railroad during a three-day event on Feb. 10-12 in Bunnell, Florida. Check back here next month for details or call Iron Horse Billy at (386) 566-1456 and check www.MudMuckers.com for updates.

(For the rest of this month's scheduled events pick up the January issue of Woods 'n Water Magazine.)

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