PONCA — Be prepared to get dirty once here when Ponca State Park celebrates International Mud Day on Saturday, June 29.
This event — which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — is open to all ages and a free t-shirt will be handed out to spare personal clothing items from being ruined.
Many mud-filled activities are scheduled for the park’s first annual Mud Day event. People can look forward to tug-of-war and an obstacle course as well as a play area and mud kitchen.
The park is also offering mud painting for $3. This includes a canvas to paint as well as different types of soil to provide variation of color and showcase the participant’s creativity.
Along with these activities, Ponca State Park wants to educate guests. Pollinator mud balls can be made to take home to spark interest in conservation. Trained park rangers will also show live animals like salamanders and turtles that live in the mud and share how it benefits the animals.
Event coordinator Lynn Mellick said she is excited about this event and about bringing International Mud Day into the spotlight.
“When you look back to when you were younger, you most likely played in the mud,” Mellick said. “It’s kind of a nostalgia thing. We’ll also be helping your immune system.”
Although the day is centered around getting covered in mud, people can choose to just get their hands dirty if it makes them more comfortable. Those who want to get covered from head to toe in mud will also have the option.
“It kind of depends on the person, but they could potentially get really messy,” Mellick said.
When the event ends and people are ready to leave, showers will be available to those who wish to leave all the mud at the park.
To ensure recognition for International Mud Day, Ponca State Park will be holding this event for years to come and adding new events every year. Mellick wants to share the day with as many people as possible.
“The mud washes off, but the memories stay,” she said.