Mighty Mud Mania slated later this month

The 21st annual Mighty Mud Mania Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Jefferson Bar-racks Park.

“Mud Mania is definitely one of our most unusual activities and definitely one of our most fun, whether you participate or just watch,” Lindsey Swanick, director of the county Parks and Recreation Depart-ment, stated in a news release. “Thousands of children have gone through the muddy obstacle course in the last 20 years, and now those children are grown and bringing their own kids to squirm through the tangle of mucky fun.”

The Mighty Mud Mania Festival not only includes the obstacle course, but inflatable rides, treasure sand pits and face painting.

Children are required to shower off be-fore going to other attractions — they can be wet, but not muddy.

The festival is conducted regardless of the weather. In the event of lightning, the festival is closed until the threat has passed.

The cost is $6 per child in advance or $7 at the gate and includes all activities. Adults are admitted free.

The Department of Parks and Recreation, Oakville TREND Boosters and the Mis-souri American Water Co. jointly sponsor the Mighty Mud Mania Festival.

Mighty Mud Mania is accessible for children of all abilities — if special accommodations are required, festival staff at the registration table must be advised upon arrival of the child. Advance reservations are recommended, as walk-in registration is limited to space availability. A parent or guardian must be present for each child to sign the consent form.

For reservations, call (314) 638-2100.