Mighty Mud Mania or How to make adobe the fun way

We were driving to our hotel when I spotted the big banner over the street proclaiming Mighty Mud Mania was going to be that Saturday.  I had to go!  But as we were there to be with family I had to do a lot of big puppy eyes and asking really really nicely if we could all go.  I am very thankful that my mother in law is a sweetie and said it would be fun if we all went.  YES!!  The event was held that morning for just five hours – from 8am to 1pm.  Not sure why that time other than the temperature; with a to go it  couple of hours to go it was already about 105 degrees and climbing.

Mighty Mud Mania started in 1976 as an advertising stunt by a laundry detergent company.  The detergent company dropped it after that first year but everyone had so much fun playing in the mud that they made it an annual event.  If you’re going to play in anything other than the mud mosh pit, then you must register.  The event is free for ages 1-17 with the request that families bring a non-perishable food item for the local food bank.  Adults 18+ have just started being part of the event as of last year after much petitioning to be part of the fun too.  Adults have the option of getting into the mosh pit (usually with their little ones) or for $10 they can tackle the Extreme Mud Course.  Their entry fee supports local youth programs.

I got a bit muddy from  participants bumping into me in the crowd and walking along muddy paths.  One guy I photographed ran towards me with open arms to give me a hug – I ran the other way screaming and laughing.  That was not going to happen!  But a lot of good not so clean fun was.

Mud girls 5288

Muddy girls5381 Muddy boy 5255 Muddy group5278 Muddy group5339



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  1. #1 by Timothy Price on June 13, 2014 - 3:33 pm

    They had mud volleyball in Albuquerque last weekend for a fund raiser. Participants get very wet and muddy. Our office had a mud volleyball team several years ago.

    • #2 by imagesbytdashfield on June 13, 2014 - 3:37 pm

      Very nice! But did you have the local fire department there to hose you off? 🙂

      • #3 by Timothy Price on June 13, 2014 - 3:56 pm

        Not when we did it. Can’t say about the even last weekend.

  2. #4 by milfordstreet on June 13, 2014 - 6:12 pm

    What a great photo opportunity. Great photos.

  3. #6 by bulldog on June 14, 2014 - 1:27 am

    More baths needed

    • #7 by imagesbytdashfield on June 14, 2014 - 7:57 am

      Not until enough mud fun had been had and they got to be hosed off by the fire department 🙂

  4. #8 by Steve Schwartzman on June 14, 2014 - 9:06 am

    I can see where protecting your camera might become a problem.

    • #9 by imagesbytdashfield on June 14, 2014 - 3:48 pm

      It did get splashed by water a couple of times but I was prepared to defend her.

  5. #10 by Ron Scubadiver on June 14, 2014 - 9:10 am


  6. #13 by Tuxedo Sophisticated Cat on June 14, 2014 - 11:50 am

    I can see where kids would love this event. That was one of my favorite things to do when I was a kid…play in mud puddles after a rain.

    • #14 by imagesbytdashfield on June 14, 2014 - 3:44 pm

      It brought out the little kid in everyone regardless of age…I was tempted!

  7. #15 by Terri at Time To Be Inspired on June 14, 2014 - 12:52 pm

    Did I miss this? Where did this take place? It looks like it was fun and I’m glad the fire department was there to help with clean up. Otherwise there could be a lot of people forced to walk home!

    • #16 by imagesbytdashfield on June 14, 2014 - 3:46 pm

      Scottsdale, Arizona in Chaparral Park. Besides the fire department there were many other hose you off stations. Will show them later 🙂

  8. #17 by Antionette Blake (@ambde) on June 14, 2014 - 10:02 pm

    Delaware has a similar event however, I’ve never gone – looks like fun for the participants.

    • #18 by imagesbytdashfield on June 15, 2014 - 8:28 am

      Go! It is so much fun but get ready to get a bit dirty even if you don’t participate.

  9. #19 by Nancy on August 10, 2014 - 8:18 pm

    My Son just did something very similar to this …this past weekend! The Warrior Dash it is called.

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