Fans traveled from all over the US, Canada and Iceland for this unique experience and made the event the place to be for ATV and UTV enthusiasts. High Lifter and presenting sponsor Polaris Industries offered riding competitions, racing, games, food and live music throughout the five days. Vendors were loaded down with industry favorites bringing products to sell, show off and introduce to all the off roading riders.
Polaris ATV/UTV Soccer Ball Match was a big hit as ATVs and UTVs raced down the field to see who could send a giant inflatable soccer ball soaring in the net without going through it. MB Quart Bad 2 Da Bone night-time show and shine displayed the best of custom work, aftermarket accessories, elite overhead audio systems and extreme lighting. Hundreds of viewers filled the crowd to vote on their top three favorite custom builds.
Monster Rigging Bounty Hole, newly added for 2019, offered over $6000 in payouts. Bikes struggled to get through the thick, brown Arkansas mud, and all fell short of the finish line except Alan Henson who finished the course in his 2018 High Lifter Edition Ranger on his first run.
The Polaris Short Course Race was exciting to watch. Racers sped through the custom designed track slinging dirt around every corner and gaining air over the five jumps throughout the course. Fans were stunned as a couple of racers ended up on their side when they hit deep ruts in the curves at high speed.
American Force and Baja Designs sponsored the Poker Run, which proved to be a blast at the new location this year. Many first timers to Hillarosa found themselves cruising through the mud hole challenges between each poker station. The Poker Run ended with a Kick-Off Party where Matt Farris performed to get fans pumped up for a week of fun.
For the first time, High Lifter Mud Nationals offered live entertainment every night of the event. Recording artist Cort Carpenter played Thursday night. Joe Diffie, Friday night, and Stoney LaRue, Saturday night, performed to packed crowds from the Blackwood Lumber Stage. MSA Wheels sponsored the new VIP experience where fans could enjoy food and drinks plus an Artist Meet & Greet on a double decker party bus with a second level viewing deck.
This mud event had something for everyone, and High Lifter Mud Nationals cannot wait to see everyone next year at the world’s largest mud party in 2020. Thank you to all of our sponsors Polaris RZR, High Lifter, MB Quart, Gator Waders, Maxxis Tires, JPS Equipment Rental, Blackwood Lumber, American Force Wheels, EFX Tires, MSA Off-Road Wheels, Baja Designs, and Monster Rigging Off-Road.