Mudders' Day is Thursday: 38th Annual Mighty Mud Mania followed by Float-In Friday

Oscar Smith splashes through a tire obstacle during last year’s Mighty Mud Mania at Firefighters Park. The event returns on Thursday. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)

Oscar Smith splashes through a tire obstacle during last year’s Mighty Mud Mania at Firefighters Park. The event returns on Thursday. (JC AMBERLYN/Miner)

KINGMAN - School starts in a little more than two weeks from now, so play while you can.

One such opportunity happens Thursday, when the Kingman Parks and Recreation Department will hold its 38th annual Mighty Mud Mania starting at 10 a.m.

"It's an annual free event for families to end the summer before school starts," said Recreation Coordinator Beth Matthews. "It's fun and energetic."

The traditional event is held at Firefighters Memorial Park, 2201 Detroit Ave., to signal the start the school year. Boys and girls compete separately, navigating a muddy obstacle course. There will be different age divisions for kids and adults, including a senior division for ages 35 and older.

According to Matthews, the average attendance is about 600 people. Obstacles include a mud pit, hill-climb, tire course and a surprise obstacle added to the main course.

Age groups are 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-14, 15-17, 18-34 and 35 and older.

T-shirts will be for sale for $15 and food and concessions will be available. There will be a shower at the end to wash the mud away.

Friday night will offer another opportunity to get soaked, but this will be good, clean fun.

Bring your tubes, air mattresses and other floating equipment as the parks department shows the 1975 blockbuster "Jaws" during the Float-In Movie at Centennial Park Pool. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the movie starts at 8:15 p.m.

"People can bring floats or sit on the deck with lawn chairs and watch the movie," Matthews said.

Past movies included more family-oriented flicks such as "The Goonies" and "Minions," but the department decided to take it up a notch this year.

There is a $2.50 entry fee and concessions will be open throughout the evening.

Everyone is welcome but plan to come early as only 250 participants will be allowed in the pool. Children under four feet tall or who cannot swim must be accompanied by a paying adult at all times.

The event is sponsored by UniSource Energy Services. Centennial Park Pool is located 3333 Harrison St.