Quantcast

Nearly 1200 turn out to Mudstock in Carthage - KOAM TV 7

Nearly 1200 turn out to Mudstock in Carthage

Updated:
 After 13 years, Mudstock in Carthage is continuing to grow each year, with around 1200 participants this afternoon.

More than 15 different organizations helped to coordinate the event, which is not just about having fun in the mud.

A long with the rope swings, mud mountains, dodge ball and other obstacles, signs with drug-free messages also line the course.

The theme of Mudstock is to be "dirty on the outside, clean on the inside."

"We use it as an education tool, and also something that's fun," said Jonathan Roberts, Co-president, Carthage Caring Community.  "While they're learning, they're having fun and hopefully they get the message."

"They have little signs that are telling you about drugs, so when you're waiting in line, you can read all the facts," said Briann Royer, 8th grader.  "It's really interesting."

Kids also had the chance to interact with several first responders there helping.

"Especially with police officers, a lot of times the first time you see a police officer, something bad may be happening such as getting pulled over or you have been a crime victim," said Chief Greg Dagnan, Carthage Police Department.  "It's great to have community opportunities to meet with our citizens."

 "It makes it easier when there is actually a tragic event where we have to be there," said Chief Chris Thompson, Carthage Fire Department.  "We're a friendly face, they remember us, and it lessens the impact."

As for the kids, they are grateful for the opportunity and are already looking forward to next year.

"I think it's so nice of whoever did this to do this," said Secret Bootwala, 3rd grader.

"I think that this is the 'awesome-ist' place ever," said Natalie Ryan, 3rd grader.

"This is the most fun place I've ever been to," said Alicia Sisk, 3rd grader.

"It's the best time of your life," said Marissa Topete, 4th grader.

"It's really fun and I think everybody should enjoy it," said Daniel Sheets, 2nd grader.

The annual event, which relies heavily on volunteers and donations, is held on land the City of Carthage owns, where the old Carthage airport used to be located.

Alumbaugh Construction Co. dug the mud pools, hay bales were donated from a local farmer, members of the National Guard helped set up the obstacle courses and the Carthage Fire Department provided all the water.
  • Local NewsMore>>

  • British Soccer Clinic

    British Soccer Clinic

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:00 AM EDT2014-07-23 14:00:49 GMT
    The #1 soccer camp in the USA is coming to Pittsburg! Before the camp starts, we will hold a British Soccer clinic on Sunday, July 27th from 5:00pm -6:00pm at Bill Russell Ball Field at the Don Gutteridge Complex. All ages and skill levels are welcome! Pre-registration not required. This clinic is completely FREE to attend. For more information, contact the Pittsburg Parks Recreation office at 620-231-8310.More >>
    The #1 soccer camp in the USA is coming to Pittsburg! Before the camp starts, we will hold a British Soccer clinic on Sunday, July 27th from 5:00pm -6:00pm at Bill Russell Ball Field at the Don Gutteridge Complex. All ages and skill levels are welcome! Pre-registration not required. This clinic is completely FREE to attend. For more information, contact the Pittsburg Parks Recreation office at 620-231-8310.More >>
  • Carthage residents to vote on $6 million bond issue to upgrade city's wastewater treatment plant

    Carthage residents to vote on $6 million bond issue to upgrade city's wastewater treatment plant

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:16 PM EDT2014-07-23 01:16:02 GMT
    Next month, Carthage residents will vote on a $6 million bond issue to upgrade the city's wastewater treatment plant.More >>
    Next month, Carthage residents will vote on a $6 million bond issue to upgrade the city's wastewater treatment plant.More >>
  • Equipment for new Joplin safety training center soon to arrive

    Equipment for new Joplin safety training center soon to arrive

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:23 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:23:30 GMT
    The new center will include a driving course for training police and firefighters.More >>
    The new center will include a driving course for training police and firefighters.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.