FINLAYSON, Minn. -

Twenty-three years ago, Howie's Mud Bog in Finlayson started small with some big trucks. Now it brings in five hundred trucks and nearly 5,000 spectators.

Shawn Kuhlman, aka Howie, started Howie's Mud Bog in his field with a few friends.

"It kind of really went crazy in 2004, just haven't stopped never looked back, keeps getting bigger and better," said Kuhlman.

Now all the trucks get dirty in front of thousands for the annual mud bog.

"I've never run out of room in 23 years, we squeeze people in," said Kuhlman.

Drivers squeeze into the best seat in the house for all the action.

"This is one of my favorite places," said driver Philip Lahti.

Drivers enjoy getting their trucks muddy, dirty, and like to impress the crowds.

"It was pretty nerve wrecking trying to keep myself to stay calm, end up putting a good show on for the crowd. I ended up breaking the wheel off the first time I drove it," said Lahti.

Even when the trucks aren't on the track, they get lots of second looks.

"Most people don't get the opportunity to grow up in this kind of environment and just watching the trucks and everybody knows you. I've been going since I was three months old," said Howie's daughter Kylie Kuhlman.

The fun runs from Friday, September 2nd through Sunday, September 4th.

"If you like trucks, you like power, you like racing, you like anything like that, you'll love this. If you're half-redneck like I am, this is what you live for," said Kuhlman.

In addition to all the races, Howie's Mud Bog will have volleyball, live music, and truck tug of wars.

https://www.howiesmudbog.com/