Second annual ‘Mudfest’ set to roar into Anza

Contestants participating in the second annual Mudfest drag races Saturday, Feb. 17, will get down and dirty with their finely tuned, mud-bogging machines, earning trophies and prizes for the fastest times down the slimy track. Dirt bikes, quads, SUVs, Jeeps, RZRs, 4x4s – and not – pickup trucks, buggies and sand rails will have the crowds howling encouragement and advice as they fight to survive the 120-foot, slop-filled course. Enthusiasm for the event is intense, and spectators will get a show they will never forget.

“One year ago I had an idea to bring some excitement back to our small town,” organizer Johnathan Schmidt of Schmidt Ranch Services said. “We raced monster trucks, sand rails, RZRs, dirt bikes and even work trucks and mommy wagons. It was a great day, and I made so many new friends. I can’t wait to see you all out there this weekend.”

Sponsored by Schmidt’s Ranch Services, Rodney Bourgeois Pump Service and Southern California Buzztail Preservation, the grimy event will be held on a specially made track on the property located at the corner of Kirby and Wellman in Anza. The entry is well-marked, and access is easy to navigate. The weather is predicted to be pleasant and mild with no chance of rain, but the track will be saturated with ooze, sludge and muck – rain or shine.

“This track is a real mess with some big surprises, so everyone better bring their ‘A’ game.” Schmidt said.

A hearty challenge awaits the racers, and the buzz around town is that last year’s winner Roddy Bourgeois will have even more serious competition this year.

Track development and testing was undertaken the preceding week, and the track was declared ready for the event.

Overnight camping opened Friday, Feb. 16, and racing starts 2 p.m. Saturday until all the contestants are to compete. Camping fees are $25 per space, race entry is $25 and spectators are $10, with children under 12 admitted free. Food vendors and booths will also be featured at the event.

“All proceeds get donated to worthy causes,” Schmidt said. “This year our cause is a little girl’s medical expenses.”

For more information, call Johnathan Schmidt at (951) 961-3332, email at or visit

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