The City of Scottsdale ontinues an annual tradition June 9 when it hosts its 37th annual Mighty Mud Mania from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, and for the first time ever -- the event is not just for young children as adults have been invited to jump in and get dirty!
This year, 7-17 year olds will need to be there before noon to run in the original mud course, because adults will get to compete in the course from noon to 2 p.m. for a $10 admission fee.
Kids can encourage their parents to show them their skills or adults can challenge ech other for the first time in 36 years.
Registration for Scottsdale's celebration of water and mud begins at 8 a.m. Participants must bring a signed permission slip or have a parent or guardian available at the event to sign one. In addition, participants must wear lace-up or Velcro shoes (sandals and flip-flops are not allowed).
The event is free, but participants are asked to bring a non-perishable foot item for donation to the Vista del Camino food bank. Activities are planned for two age groups, 6 and younger and 7 to 17. The younger group can enjoy the mini-mud obstacle course, mud pits, water play area, sand castle building and a town of mud dubbed, "Mudville."
Older children can try the original mud obstacle course (from 8 a.m. to noon), sandcastle building and mud pits.
Scottsdale firefighters and city plumbers will providce a "kidwash" and portable showers so everyone can go home clean. Fully rinsed children who bring clean swimsuits and towels can swim at Chaparral Pool from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $1.
City of Scottsdale Parks and Recreation and Solid Waste Services are partnering this year to promote recycling and respect for the environment. Radio Disney is an event sponsor and will provide a fun, interactive show for children as well.
To receive event information, log on to www.scottsdaleaz.gov/mightymudmania or call 480-312-2704.
Check out the photo gallery for photographs form last year's Mighty Mud Mania.