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Nearly 1200 turn out to Mudstock in Carthage

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 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.
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