Fun in the mud: Here’s the dirt on the RedNeck Yacht Club

Posted on December 15, 2011


By: Chelsea Fischer


Come one come all mud lovers. Southwest Florida’s very own premiere mud park is quickly becoming the ultimate Disneyland for adults.

A piece of land stretching over 800 acres, RedNeck Yacht Club (RYC) offers something for every off road vehicle junkie. Equipped with three mud holes, a mud track and a buggy and ATV wash, RYC strives to leave little room for boredom.

Previously used as a potato farm, RYC was transformed into an off road enthusiasts dream by Danny Kelly, a resident and owner of a marine contracting firm Kelly Brothers, Inc. in Charlotte County.

After almost four years of clearing land permits and constructing the park, RYC officially opened for business in the summer of 2009. Over the course of each year RYC holds about 10 different events including their infamous Trucks Gone Wild, Memorial Day and Fourth of July Celebrations, and their New Year’s Mud Party.

Each event is equipped with plenty of entertainment including concerts, buggy/ATV races and truck pulls. Over Veteran’s Day weekend RYC welcomed upcoming country music artist Craig Campbell as the featured music for the event.

For the convenience of those who attend RYC, weekend ($40) and day ($30) passes are offered for purchase. Welcoming any vehicle from jacked-up school busses to boats on wheels, all are welcome to set up for the weekend stay in one of the closed off camping areas spread throughout the property.

For those who prefer not to sleep in the filth, RYC recently introduced their ‘wash trailer’ to scrub away a day’s work of serious mudding with a hot shower. Among their other amenities, clothing vendors are also on site to sell event merchandise.

Food vendors at the north end of the park make way for a whole other experience by offering good ole’ fashioned country cooking menu items – like fried Oreo’s.

Over Veteran’s Day weekend, RYC’s Truck Gone Wild, gates opened at noon on Friday. For 12 hours straight RYC’s three entrances were packed down the road for miles. Over the course of Trucks Gone Wild, the park welcomed over 25,000 people from areas all around and out of the state.

“Everyone thinks it’s for hillbillies and crazy rednecks, but anyone can have a great time at RYC,” says Mikee Luders, a freshman at FGCU majoring in business. “I went the first weekend they opened and I’ve been back for every event ever since – it just gets bigger and better every time I go.”

RYC will be holding their next event, The New Year’s Mud Party Dec. 30 – Jan. 1, 2012, that will include a fireworks show and another country music act that is TBA.

Florida may have the traditional theme parks like Universal Studios and Busch Gardens, but Fort Myers offers the only place to let loose and get dirty all in the sanctity of one upscale mud hole. For being a short 45 minutes away from campus, RYC welcomes the clean and crazy to each extravaganza.

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