Let’s Keep it clean

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Nearly every summer around this time, the 573 Magazine holds the “Let’s Keep It Clean” Mud Festival designed to bring awareness of and an end to roadside litter. We hold the Mud Festival as a fun way to support recycling, help keep Missouri clean, and promote the magazine. The festivals are held in conjunction with local communities wanting to participate in this good cause. We tell ourselves it’s a promotional event for the magazine and a great cause, but secretly we all love doing it. This year it was held in Perryville for the second time, and it was a smashing success. It is one of my favorite days as editor of the magazine. I get to see all the kids laughing until it hurts and all the adults transformed into kids again. You can’t buy that kind of fun and true happiness.

Children and like-minded fun loving adults get an excuse for some good and not-so-clean fun. The event featured a mud obstacle course, a mini-mud course for the younger children, and mud pits for tiny tots. There was a muddiest child contest, a mud fashion show, a mud pie contest, mud volleyball, and muddy water slides and swings. Of course, the Perryville Fire department was on hand to hose everybody down. DJ service was provided by TJ the DJ, and a crew from Perry County Memorial Hospital was on hand to assist with any mishaps.

The event continues to grow from year to year. This year was no exception. People came from all over the area: St. Louis, Cape Girardeau, Farmington, Cuba, Festus… we even had a family from Nashville and two young women from KC. Moms who came with their children and had no intention of getting dirty soon found themselves unable to resist the call of the mud. Long lines formed in anticipation of getting into the park to get dirty. Families, groups, and couples of all ages made their way through the gooey mud.

The Perryville Cheerleading Squad, aptly named the Mud Bosses, dove in and kept all the events and obstacle paths running smoothly. They gave up a perfectly dirt-free Sunday to stand in the mud for eight hours. They did a fantastic job.

The event is organized by the 573 Magazine. Each year we find a way to keep the event free to everyone. We couldn’t do this if it were not for the support of the communities in which we hold the event. From the city officials, to the park personnel, the public works, and the fire department… the 573 Mud Festival could not happen without a community pitching in.

Additionally, this event could not have happened without the support of our event sponsors, the City of Perryville, Perry County Memorial Hospital, Parks & Public Works, Perryville Chamber of Commerce, Perryville Tourism, and TG Missouri.

Thanks to everyone and all our staff for all their hard work.

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