Springfield kids have fun in the mud at Splash Zone event

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National Trail Parks and Recreation held its second annual Mud Mania event Friday at Splash Zone Water Park.

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More than 350 Springfield children trounced through the mud as part of the second Mud Mania event held by the National Trail Parks and Recreation District.

The event, which was also attended by about 300 adults, included multiple mud obstacles for children at the Splash Zone Family Aquatics Center on Friday morning that left many losing their shoes.

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It was held as part of the Health Nuts Mini Camps that have been held the last six weeks through a partnership between National Trail and the Clark County Ohio State University Extension Office Consumer Sciences Division.

“The kids were able to learn healthy eating habits as well as physical activity and nature programming,” NTPRD Recreation Specialist Penny Dunbar said.

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The event is made public after the campers go through the obstacles, Dunbar said. They had about 300 children pre-register, while even more signed up at the event, she said.

New features this year included a climbing wall and a blackout tunnel. After the event, the children were sprayed off with a fire hose by firefighters from the Springfield Fire/Rescue Division.

Brian Yontz brought his daughters for the second straight year.

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“It’s going to be a heck of a messy ride home but for 15 minutes of fun, I’d say it’s worth it,” Yontz said.

After the event, Mia Solomon’s face was caked with mud. Her favorite part was the mud slide, she said.

“It was a little bit (hard),” Solomon said, “but it was a lot of fun.”

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