International Mud Day Fun

PONCA – After the International Mud Day event was canceled at Ponca State Park last year due to the pandemic, over 100 participants enjoyed all things mud over the weekend.

According to a release from Ponca State Park, mother nature provided a steady rainfall this past weekend with temperatures around 64 degrees.

The Second annual International Mud Day at Ponca State Park attracted 125 guests.

There was a mud slide, mud obstacle course, pollinator mud balls, critters that thrive in muddy environments, mud painting and a mud pie contest. There were several families in attendance that had also attended the inaugural International Mud Day in 2019; they loved it then and most certainly loved it now.

Park Superintendent Scott Oligmueller stated β€˜one family was telling him, that their kids wanted to skip breakfast in order to get to Mud Day as soon as possible. The mom said this is the first time they have ever wanted to skip breakfast.’

International Mud Day at Ponca State Park is where the Mud Washes Off but the Memories Stay.

Winners of the Mud Pie Contest were Margarett Abatiaty from Bennington, Haddie Taylor from Ponca and Natalie Taylor from Ponca.

Winning mud pie by Margaret Abatiaty from Bennington, NE.
Winning mud pie by Haddie Taylor from Ponca, NE.
Winning mud pie by Natalie Taylor from Ponca, NE.



Ponca State Park asks all to recreate responsibly as their ability to keep the park open is dependent upon the compliance of their visitors with social spacing and group size recommendations. Visit for more information.


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