Well, okay, there’s no arena. And the “monster” trucks could fit in the trunk of the average subcompact car. But Janet Boyd, of Boyd Family Farm, promises there will be plenty of mud, madness, and good, dirty fun at Sunday’s Tonka Truck Mud Bog. As the name suggests, the Tonka Truck Mud Bog puts kids, toys, and a lot of mud together in the same place. The free event, starting at 10 am, is for kids age 10 and under.
Boyd says a kiddie mud bog held earlier this summer proved so popular with kids and parents, they demanded a second one before fall. “It was a roaring success,” Boyd says. “The kids had so much fun, even the littlest ones just had a ball.”
Boyd says she came up with the idea over the winter, and with her grandchildren in mind. “My children always loved mud puddles,” she says. “Now, when my grandchildren come to the farm, they always seem to end up in the mud. We have some of the best mud puddles here on the farm.”
Boyd says she and her husband Bucky Boyd gained “valuable insight into what makes a good mud bog” from their first event, and they’re planning to make the second even better. This time, there will be two areas – a toddler puddle for the tiniest mudders, in addition to the main mud patch for bigger kids. “Last time some of the bigger kids almost ran over the babies,” she says.
The main mud bog will feature two “clear water puddles” to give kids and their “monster trucks” a brief rinse between runs. Although the “course” is unmarked and informal, Boyd said kids will be able to “run down the hill, blow through a puddle of water, get stuck in the mud, and go out the other end clean for another run.”
Boyd also offers a few tips for kids and parents. “The fewer clothes the better,” she says. “Just a pair of shorts or a bathing suit is good. Clothes weigh a lot when they get covered in mud. And pink’s not a good color for mud bogs. Go with mud colors, we can’t guarantee it will all wash out.” Boyd also suggests leaving the boots at home – they can fill up with mud. “Don’t try to be clean.”
Like the big boy toys, the best toy trucks for mud bogging have big wheels, Boyd says.
“The bigger the tire the better,” she says. “You need some clearance under the truck. The ones with smaller wheels just get stuck in the mud.”
Boyd says there will be plenty of water available for rinsing kids and toys before they get back into the family car, but parents might like to bring along towels and something to cover the car seats for the ride home.
“Parents should bring lawn chairs and cameras,” Boyd says. “It’s just a lot of fun.”
For more information contact the Boyd Family Farm at (802) 464-5618 or firstname.lastname@example.org.