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by Rich Augat, Superior4x4.com

If you follow this “Boggin’ in the South” section, you can tell we like to a get a bit dirty. We find ourselves watching the baddest truck races, playing at some South’s great mud bogs, and throwing some of the best parties in the South.

Florida is home to some of the largest mud bogs in the country, and we never miss an opportunity to go play. These past few months, playing is just what we’ve done. Besides running our trucks from one event to another and doing some diggin’ in the mud, we allowed ourselves to have some fun too.

That’s actually a good part of what boggin is all about too, cutting loose and having a good time. Grinding it out at work, week in and week out, we deserve the opportunity to get out and have some fun from time to time.

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The South’s bigger boggin’ venues allowed us to do just that, as they provided a safe place to play with some high-quality entertainment. Triple Canopy Ranch’s Crackerfest started it all off in mid-February with their “Party After Dark,” featuring Billy Halterman and his band, DJ Brownie and myself hosting the “Mrs. Crackerfest” pageant – Daisy Dukes style.

The party was a huge success, with fans numbering in the thousands rocking to well after midnight.

The Redneck Yacht Club was the next stop on our list, as they hosted their “Swamp Cabbage” weekend event in late February. In addition to their normal full slate of mud holes and miles of trails, RYC featured entertainment from DJs and the Bellamy Brothers Band.

The Bellamy Brothers have been on the music scene for years, and it was awesome to have them headline a party in their home state, as boggin’ fans of all ages came to take in another weekend full of muddy goodness!

We weren’t done yet; an offroad park down south brought in another big gun for a big party.

L-Cross Extreme Events in Okeechobee brought in country music singer Colt Ford for an adults-only weekend. As soon as we got to the property, we heard his music blasting from almost every campground.

L-Cross provided a safe and organized entertainment venue for all of us to kick back and take in one of country music’s fastest-growing stars. A man who sings about 4x4 and mud boggin’ was definitely in his own element down south, dining on ribs, boiled peanuts, all the while taking in a mud bog from atop a monster swamp buggy.

It was fun to see someone who travels the country take in a little of what the “Muddy South” has to offer while rocking out an awesome concert.

We love our Southern mud bogs, and the fact they provide safe, quality entertainment, some stress relief, as well as a place to try out our toys is much appreciated by this mud digger and thousands of others who took in these events.

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(This is a partial listing. For a complete list of events coming to an area near you pick up the April issue of WNW)

April 9-11 Redneck Yacht Club (RYC)

Redneck Yacht Club in Punta Gorda will feature “Mud, Fun & Grub” for everyone April 9-11. Special events include a mechanical bull riding/bikini contest, DJ and dancing, ATV mud track racing, side-by-side Razor racing, 2-1/2-ton “Spank the Monkey” fire drill race and stock truck racing – all for cash prizes – followed by a live band Saturday night. See ad on page 58, call (941) 505-8465 or check out: www.redneckyachtclubfl.com.

April 10 – St. Augustine “Auggie Bog”

DIRT DRAG RACES - $1,000 Purse

Auggie Bog will host their first-ever dirt drag consistency racing on Saturday, April 10 at St. Augustine Raceway in St. Augustine. Gates open at 10 a.m. and racing starts at 1 p.m. The format will be consistency races (two passes, closest time to each pass) with payouts coming from a $1,000 purse. Entry at gate is $15 per person. Kids 10 and under get in free. For more information, call 904-868-9740. Auggie Bog is located at 900 Big Oak Rd., St. Augustine, Fla. See ad on page 57 or email: [email protected]

April 10-11 – Hog Waller ATV/UTV Weekend Hog Waller Mud Bog, North Florida’s premiere outdoor park, will be open to ATV/UTVs only on April 10-11. See ad on page 62. For more info, go to: www.HogWallerMudBog.com.

April 10-11 – Bogging Bunnell

2nd Anniversary Team Truck Challenge

Bogging Bunnell will celebrate its second anniversary with a big mud bog and “Team Truck Challenge” event April 10-11, including a live band and DJ. See ad on page 59 for details.

April 16-18 - Pavo Mud Boggs

‘South Georgia Hillbilly Games’

Pavo Mud Bogg in Pavo, Georgia will hold the “South Georgia Hillbilly Games,” sponsored by Off Road Innovations (ORI), on April 16-18. The three-day event will feature 2-1/2-ton side-by-side mud drag racing for $2,000 on top of entry fees. Trucks can compete in Hill-n-Hole racing as well as “truck-pulled” jet ski races and open mud pit play holes. Weekend pass is just $20. For more information, see ad on page 61, or call (229) 859-9941 or (850) 556-7514.

April 17-18 – St. Augustine “Auggie Bog”

‘South Georgia Hillbilly Games’

St. Augustine Raceway will host another “Auggie Bog” on April 17-18 in St. Augustine. New features include: Two-day pass for only $25, Tug-O-War, primitive camping, separate course and mud pit for ATVs, vehicle wash down and pressure washer on site. Gates open at 8 a.m. Auggie Bog is located at 900 Big Oak Rd., St. Augustine, Fla. See ad on page 57, email: [email protected] or call 904-868-9740.

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For more in-depth off-road coverage, pick up this month's issue of Woods 'n Water, click on our forums page http://www.woodsnwater.net/forums for the "Offroad" section and be sure to visit http://www.superior4x4.com/ourevents.html for awesome video and photos of recent events around the South!