Montgomery Parks is hosing down part of the Woodstock Equestrian Park in Beallsville to get ready for “MudFest 2023.” Getting covered in maximum mud will be the goal at the one-day event from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, June 17. MudFest offers families the unique opportunity to dive into giant mud pits for some good clean fun.
Woodstock Equestrian Special Park (map) is located at 20207 Darnestown Rd. in Beallsville. Only severe weather will postpone MudFest. The event make-up date in case of severe weather on June 17 will be Sunday, June 18.
This will be the third time Black Hill Nature Programs has hosted MudFest. Admission to MudFest is $20 per car. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at ActiveMontgomery Mudfest tickets .
Tickets can also be purchased at the gate the day of the event with cash only.
Montgomery Parks will prepare for the event by purchasing good mud-making dirt that has been screened for rocks and is a great texture for activities like mudpie making and mud art. Then the maintenance team, also known as mud artists, will use excavators and other earth-moving equipment to arrange the dirt into piles, slides, puddles and any type of creative mud-like adventure.
Visitors will be invited to jump in, slide around and enjoy.
“People love it because it’s all about play,” said Park Naturalist Katrina Fauss. “There is permission to have fun and connect to nature and our childhoods. I also think it is about the scale of the mud slides and piles. There is just something fun and silly about it all.”