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Thanks to our 4 day summer work week, I had today free to volunteer for Scottsdale's Mighty Mud Mania, a 21-year old event that draws more than 10,000 kids to romp through obstacle courses full of gooey mud. It began in the 1970s as some promotion for a cleaning product, but has grown to be a mammoth event every July. It is a kids dream- to have permission and encouragement to get filthy.
I spent siz hours helping the 6 and under kids slither through the mini obstacle course, and am still picking flecks of mud from.... well forget about it. Rest assured, it was a fun day for not only the kids, but their parents, and just about every other volunteer covered with mud and smiles.
In looking it up, saw a nice way to spread news stories via a Google News Link:
http://news.google.com/news?q=mighty+mud+mania -- by tomorrow, the news will have included the recap stories from our two major local news papers.