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Michigan kids get down and dirty at annual Mud Day

Friday - 7/12/2013, 4:52pm  ET

Zach Miller, 10, of Livonia, wipes his face with mud in Westland, Mich., Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Hundreds of kids enjoyed the annual Mud Fest event in the 7-by-150-foot mud pit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

WESTLAND, Mich. (AP) -- Here's mud in your eye. And your hair, back and legs.

It was a mother's nightmare and a kid's fantasy come true. Hundreds of children on Tuesday jumped into a 75-by-150-foot mud pit as part of the 26th annual Mud Day at a park in the Detroit suburb of Westland.

Events included wheelbarrow races and a game of limbo.

A panel of judges selected a king and queen, based on their creative uses of mud.

Emily Cunningham of Riverview was chosen Queen of Mud.

A crown was placed atop the 8-year-old's head, which was caked in mud and adorned with leaves and a stick. She says, "It's fun getting mud all over you."

And after it was over, the Western Wayne Hazmat team was there to hose off the kids.


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