Mud Mania: Good, clean fun coming to Fairfield Twp.

The volleyball portion is now a tourney.

Getting muddy and messy at the popular Mud Mania event presented by Butler County MetroParks will attract thousands to participate in the two-day event.

“For park customer/owners Mud Mania has become a much-anticipated annual event within the park system. It is the one place where I can assure you that being dirty is acceptable and encouraged. It is really fun to see parents encouraging outside play in such a messy way. It’s also great to see the parents jumping into the fun with their kids and getting dirty themselves,” said Kelly Barkley, senior manager of community relations for the Butler County MetroParks.

The two-day event will be held at Rentschler Forest on Friday, Aug. 4, and Saturday, Aug. 5. Participants may sign up in advance online or register the day of the event. Guests of all ages participate, from children to their parents and grandparents.

Mud Mania will feature a variety of mud-themed events, such as a mud slide on the hill that leads into in a mud pit, mud pools, a Mud Obstacle Course and a Little Mudders area for younger children.

The mud volleyball has also been expanded this year into a Mud Volleyball Tournament.

There will also be other nonmud related children’s games and activities.

MetroParks included a mud volleyball area in last year’s event without an organized tournament.

“Mud competitions/sports are very popular right now, and this helps to offer that even more. There are still plenty of spots in the tournament to enter a team,” Barkley said.

Durable shoes are required. Flip-flops or bare feet will not be permitted. Guests may also want to bring a change of clothing. Participants ages 18 and younger will be required to have a parent or legal guardian’s signature to be admitted, and participants of all ages will need to sign a waiver/hold harmless release form prior to participation.

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How to go

What: Mud Mania

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4, and Saturday, Aug. 5

Where: Rentschler Forest MetroPark, 5701 Reigart Road, Reigart Road area, Fairfield Twp.

Cost: Register online or the day of the event. Ages 6 and up $5; ages 5 and under are free. $50/six-player volleyball team. Motor vehicle permit required. Permits are free for Butler County residents. A permit for nonresidents is $5, daily and $10, annually. A permit may be obtained upon arrival. Mud Mania T-shirts and concessions will be available for purchase.

More info: Vist the new website or call (513) 867-5835. Visit the Rentschler Forest MetroPark webpage at

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