Embrace the mud

Published 9:56 pm Monday, April 3, 2017

For a community with as much swampy area as Suffolk boasts, mud should probably be one of its chief exports.

April showers may well bring May flowers, but they also bring plenty of sticky, gritty, sloppy mud, as anyone who lives in one of the city’s many low-lying areas can well attest.

But Suffolk will be making the most of its mud on Saturday, during the second annual Suffolk Mud Fest, taking place from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Suffolk Executive Airport.

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It will be an opportunity for gearheads and children of all ages to have a little fun watching trucks of all shapes and sizes try to negotiate their way through the quagmire of a wet and wild course of bumps and basins without getting stuck.

The program will benefit the Suffolk Peanut Fest, which shares the site with the Mud Fest — and if Peanut Fest officials are lucky, perhaps sacrificing a couple of beat-up trucks to the mud will spare them the greater sacrifice of losing the October festival to the torrential rains that have wreaked havoc on attendance at that event in two of the past three years.

“You should expect a wonderful family friendly day with big trucks in three feet of sticky mud,” Peanut Fest publicity coordinator and Suffolk city tourism manager Theresa Earles said last week.

To be clear, she was talking about Mud Jam, not Peanut Fest, though her description of the event could easily have described last year’s hurricane-soaked Peanut Fest, as well.

Saturday’s event will feature arts and crafts for the kids, along with the chance to get an up-close-and-personal look at the trucks set for competition. There will be plenty of refreshments available, and exhibitors will have tents with various fun things to see and do.

Admission will be $15 in cash at the gate, and kids under 6 will get in for free.

“The more people that participate in Mud Jam only improves the quality of Peanut Fest,” Earles said. “It’s a win-win.”

Get out and enjoy the mud on Saturday. Embrace the city’s by-product of this Tidewater spring. And be glad you’re watching people get stuck, instead of having to figure out how to get your own truck towed out of the mess.