8 Pressing Questions I Have About Michigan’s Annual Mud Day

Yesterday, the 26th annual Mud Day took place in Westland, Michigan. In case you missed it, Mud Day consists of children ages 12 and under getting down in a 75-by-100-foot mud pit. At the end of the day, the Mud King and Mud Queen for “most creative uses for mud” are crowned. The Western Wayne Hazmat team is involved in clean-off the kids. Needless to say, I am fascinated and more than a little hurt and disappointed that grownups are not allowed.

But despite these findings, I am still pretty confused about this day of mud. Here  is what I desperately need to know:

  1. Where does all of this mud come from?? Who is in charge of making it and how do they do so? I can’t help but picture mud elves.
  2. What kind of place is used for a 75-by-100-foot mud pit? Is there just a vacant lot of dirt that sits fallow for 364 days out of the year, but becomes a child’s heaven for one July afternoon?
  3. Why 12 and under? This looks incredibly fun and I would like to participate.
  4. Do you think there are beauty benefits to coating your entire body in mud? Almost definitely. Again, I would like to participate.
  5. On a scale of  1 to “Recurring Nightmare,” how much does every parent in Michigan abhor this day?
  6. Former Mud Kings and Mud Queens: where are they now?
  7. Related: how creative with mud does one have to get to be crowned Mud King or Mud Queen? I’d prefer to not think too far into this.
  8. Okay, sooo, Hazmat team … necessary? I really, truly hope not.

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