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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Mighty Mud Mania Scottsdale, AZ

Family event involves something most kids love: Getting incredibly dirty. There is an obstacle course, mud pits and water slides. Be sure to bring towels and clean change of clothes before you let the kids back into the car.

"Mighty Mud Mania" began in 1976 as the "Shout It Out Decathlon," a promotional gimmick for Johnson's Wax "Shout" Spray pre-wash. The activity was held in Chaparral Park in Scottsdale and the Johnson's Wax Company provided 300 white t-shirts for the participants. Johnson's dropped the program because our Arizona mud was too tough for the pre-wash. However, the City of Scottsdale felt the activity was so successful, that our Parks and Recreation Division incorporated the event into the summer recreation program. Re-named "Mighty Mud Mania," the activity has been held since then as the culminating activity of all the Scottsdale Parks and Recreation summer programs.

Details: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 11. Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale. Children must be present to register and a signed permission slip is required. Participation is free, but we ask that participants bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the Vista del Camino Food Bank.

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