Horsepower Holiday in Paulding

May 4th, 5th and 6th, 2018

Horsepower Holiday Weekend FAQs

A Bowers Promotions, LLC Event


1.  What is and why do Horsepower Holiday Weekend?

When you put chassis and rearend builders (Advanced Chassis) together with people who love to play in the mud, the natural progression becomes to develop an event that embodies everything we consider fun.  

Horsepower Holiday started in 2014 at Defiance County Fairgrounds as a one day truck and tractor pull.  It has since grown into a 3 day event full of horsepower of varying kinds in the spring at the Paulding County Fairgrounds, Paulding, Ohio. 

Our events hold almost every National Event record for the MRA Mud Races.  In 2016, we had contestants from Canada, Texas, Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, New York and all of the surrounding states.   320 people went through our five mile ATV poker run that took place along the Flatrock Creek and through the surrounding wooded area.  In 2017, we're expecting to have atleast double the mileage in trails.   

2.  Can we buy presale tickets?

Absolutely, we have several locations to purchase presale ticket.  See the homepage for a full list of locations.  Prior to April 15th presale tickets will be available on the website. 

3. If I do not want to pre purchase my tickets, can I buy them the day of the event?

Yes, you can just wait and purchase your general admission and camping tickets the day of the event.  NOTE: THE TICKETS ARE MORE EXPENSIVE IF NOT PURCHASED PRIOR TO THE EVENT AND CAMPING WILL PROBABLY SELL OUT.

4.  When is the first night we can start camping at HHW?

If you buy presale camping passes, you can pick your site and set up camp Thursday, May 2nd.  If you're buying at the gate, you will be parked by our staff and can set up camp on Friday, May 3rd.   

5.  Is there an ATM on site?

While you'll want to have cash available because not all of the vendors accept cards, there is an ATM on site.

6.  Are glass bottles allowed?

NO.  No exceptions.  All glass bottles will be immediately taken and disposed of by staff or police.

7.  Can you purchase food and drinks at HHW?

Yes, there will be over 5 food trucks/stands to purchase food and drinks.  There will also be HHW merchandise available as well as products from our various advertising partners.

8.  What time do HHW gates lock for the night?

Competitor and Camping gates open at 12noon with the walk in gate opening at 4pm on Friday.  Gates will close 1 hour after the last truck goes down the track.  AFTER THAT TIME, NO ONE  is allowed to enter the park.  Gates are open from 8am- 11pm on Saturday.  AFTER THAT TIME, NO ONE  is allowed to enter the park.  Gates open at 9am on Sunday.  POLICE WILL BE ON THE GROUNDS AFTER 11PM TO ENSURE NO ONE LEAVES THAT HAS BEEN DRINKING AND THAT NO ONE GETS INSIDE THE GROUNDS AFTER 11PM

9.  What if I'm a competitor that can't get to the grounds prior to gate closure?

We will leave a lane open at the competitor gate for you to park until the gates open the next morning.  The lane will be blocked off and you will not be granted entry prior to the gates opening. 

10.  Do racing/pulling competitors have to pay for camping?

Competitors do not have to pay for parking if they are spending the night of their event and do not want an electric site.  Those not purchasing electric sites may not park in an electric site nor can they utilize the electricity from and electric site.  They will park in designated areas.  ATV event participants are considered spectators and are expected to pay for either primitive or electric camping.

11.  Can we camp in "General Parking"?

No. Our insurance coverage does not cover camping in the parking lot, so we cannot allow it.

12.  Do you have electric hook-ups or water at campsites?

We have both electric and primitive camp sites available.  However, the primitive sites are very limited in number.  We do not have water hook up.  There is a dumping and filling station at the west end near the camping gate.

13.  Once you purchase a General Admission ticket, does it cost extra to watch the concerts, pulling, mud race, poker run, Hill & Hole, Tug-A-Truck, Dirt drags or burnout competition?

No.  All spectating events are included in the ticket.

14.  Are pets allowed? 

Dogs are allowed on a leash in the campgrounds and must be registered at the office.  If you bring a dog, clean up after it or you will be asked to leave.

15.  Are there speed limits on the HHW grounds?

Yes.  There are posted 10 MPH speed limits on the main roads.  There will be police and HHW staff present to ensure these limits are followed.  If you are caught speeding, you will be warned on the first offense and on the 2nd offence, you will be escorted from the grounds.

16.  Can I take my ATV, SXS or golf cart anywhere on the grounds?

No.  There are MUD FREE zones in which you are not to take your "toy" even if it is clean.  This is for the safety and convenience of our pedestrian traffic and vendors.  There will be designated ATV parking areas near the midway to make it convenient for our riders. (and us lazy older folks)

17.  Can I park in the infield?

Due to the number of events going on in the infield as well as the horsepower of the vehicles, we will only be allowing 25 vehicles to park trackside for the truck pulls on Friday night.  (Purchase window tags on our presale page)  There will NOT be any non-competing cars/trucks allowed in the infield at any other time.  There may be posted designated areas for ATVs if the HHW staff deems it is safe and there is available space.  Anyone not following such posted signs will forfeit their "Toy Pass" and will not be refunded the $10 paid.

18.  Are 2-WD, quad style 4 wheelers and motorcyles allowed?

Yes but these type of 4 wheelers have a reputation for going too fast on main roads on the grounds.  Police and staff will be patrolling to make sure this doesn't occur.  Stock mufflers are also required.

19.  Can extra personal vehicle passes be purchased?

No.  We only allow 2 personal vehicles per campsite to cut down on the number of personal vehicle driving around the grounds. 

20.  If I'm participating in the ATV poker run, can I bring my truck and trailer inside?

Only persons who purchase presale ATV packages (see the presale page) will be granted parking inside the gates.  All others will park across the street in the ATV parking area and will ride their ATVs in.

21.  Are there showers on the HHW grounds?

Yes.  There are 2 sets of showers available to everyone free of charge. 

22.  Can I volunteer?

Yes.  Submit a contact request or email or

23.  How can I become or get information about becoming an advertising partner?

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