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A cool way to cool off on a hot day

Published on: July 15, 2015

One volunteer kicked off the festivities by having a bucket of mud poured over him.  Mitch Traphagen photos.

One volunteer kicked off the festivities by having a bucket of mud poured over him. Mitch Traphagen photos.

Saturday was a scorcher, even by Florida-in-July standards. At Spa Beach in St. Petersburg, there was an outlet of sorts, one of the muddy sorts — a cool way to cool off.

This past weekend was the sixth annual America II Extreme Mud Wars presented by America II Electronics, Club Sport and TASCO. The event consisted of 4,000 sandbags and a whole lot of mud for football, dodgeball, tugs of war, and belly bumpers. After the singing of the national anthem, a brave volunteer kicked off the competition with a bucket of mud poured over his head. Ten teams competed for … mud dominance? The event’s website FAQ answers the question of how dirty you will actually get taking part with a single-word sentence: “Very.”

Proceeds from beer sales and a portion of the registration fees went to local charities. The event was free for spectators — including the near certainly of being splashed in mud. For information, visit www.extrememudwars.com.

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