Saturday is mud day — ‘clean, but dirty fun’ — in Craig

David Pressgrove

Craig offers a day of fun in the mud Saturday.

The Craig Chamber of Com-merce Mud Splash Volley-ball Tournament and Moffat County Mud Madness are at the same time in the same area Saturday.

“It’s clean, but dirty fun,” Mud Madness organizer Kathy Oberwitte said.

“It’s good, dirty fun,” Craig Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Annette Gianinetti said.

Well that settles it. If someone attends either event and doesn’t get dirty or have fun then something’s wrong.

“It’s a unique opportunity for the community,” Oberwitte said. “The two events combine bikinis and big trucks, so for most, they can’t go wrong.”

Both events are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. at Loudy-Simpson Park. The events are within 100 yards of each other.

“We’ve worked with the Cham-ber to schedule them at the same time,” Oberwitte said. “It helps us both out for promotion.”

As of Tuesday, there were 11 teams signed up for the volleyball tournament. The cost for a team of six or more is $150, and registration is still open.

“Teams that register now shouldn’t expect a T-shirt,” Gian-inetti said.

“It’s designed as a community event and a fundraiser for us,” Gianinetti said. “We’re hoping to give community members something to do as the summer winds down.”

Mud Madness is organized as a nonprofit event with the only profiteers being the local Special Olympics team. The Special Olympics team runs the concession stand.

“Our money goes to advertising and into payback for the racers,” Oberwitte said. “We received a grant from Moffat County Tourism Association that helped us to publicize it.”

Mud Madness is a race by two vehicles in side-by-side pits full of mud. There are five classes; four cylinder, six cylinder, eight cylinder, open and snowmobile. The cost for an entry is $30.

Oberwitte said she was unsure how many entries there would be, but she predicted it would be near 50 vehicles.

The cost for a spectator at Mud Madness is $7 for adults and $3 for 7- to 12-year-olds.

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