15 July 2009
BY CHASE PURDY
The Arizona Republic

Terry Erickson said she plans to park her car around midnight. She'll survey her spot at Chaparral Park, an island tucked into the anonymous grid of muted Scottsdale streets.

At 2 a.m. Friday her team of staff and volunteers will slip into the light and begin their work. Her phone will ring and she'll answer. A group of nephews and nieces will wait on the other side of the line, excited about the day ahead of them.

"Hello, this is Terry," she'll say.

"Mighty Mud, Mighty MUD, MIGHTY MUD," they'll chant, small voices in the small hours of the night.

The call marks the beginning of Mighty Mud Mania, a 34-year-old Scottsdale tradition which attracts thousands of Valley residents.

For three weeks, dinosaur-sized construction equipment rumbled across the park, digging ditches to shape the terrain for a massive mud obstacle course.


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2 Comments:


At July 21, 2009 at 6:29 PM, Blogger Tony Gonzalez

Reads so well at the top. Really great.

 

At July 21, 2009 at 6:49 PM, Blogger Chase Purdy

Thanks for checkin' it out.