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Bringing the Mud to East Texas

By Coleman Swierc

JACKSONVILLE, TEXAS (KLTV) - Call it a washing machines worst nightmare.

"It is like a disease, it really is, once you do it, you are hooked," said Adam Schumaker.

Schumaker is one of the more than 10,000 mud hunters from around the nation made the trek to Jacksonville.

"It is not just the sport, it is also the people" said Schumaker, "Coming to this is a get away, and it is just awesome."

"There is really no way to describe it," said David Boxx, "This is what we do."

The annual Mud Nationals even drew some competitors from across the globe.

"We love it, we have come along way, but we wouldn't have it any other way," said Mrcus Magnet, a competitor coming to Jacksonville from Sweden, "We love it here, mud racing in Sweden is great, but this is awesome."

"My friend won the event at home [Sweden] and I told him if he won, I would come with him," said Niclas Gustafsson, who also made the trip from North Stockholm, "so here we are, and we brought a bunch of people with us."

The races may be different, but the mud is still wet, and the friends, will still be made.

"This is about the people," said Schumaker, "we are like a big family."

"These are the nicest people we have met," said Magnet, "We are definitely coming back."

"This is so much fun, it is great, we absolutely love it," said Gustafsson.

Of course, those washing machines, may think otherwise.

 

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