Looking for mudtastically fun time? The 2nd Annual Muddy Balls Volleyball Tournament is scheduled for 8 a.m. Aug. 31, at the Stanislaus County Fairground’s Food Maxx Arena.
Imagine a football field filled with more than a dozen beach volleyball courts – only instead of a warm, sandy beach, there is a massive swamp of wet mud. And rather than graceful games of volleyball, this sloppy game is played in creative uniforms.
“It’s a fun time, hanging out with friends, dressing up in uniforms. Teams get pretty creative with their uniforms,” said organizer Jerry Powell.
Powell says all proceeds from the fun-filled event will go to the Turlock Police Activities League. Registration for the event is $35 per player and registration closes Aug. 23. The cost includes lunch. For the bold players looking to test out or hone their muddy volleyball skills in the open, non-tournament mud volleyball pit, registration is $15.
Powell explained that teams must consist of at least nine players, and there must be at least three women on each team. The event is open to those age 18-and-over only, and identification is required.
Currently there are nearly a dozen teams signed up for the tournament. Winners will receive a trophy and t-shirts.
Food, beverages and alcohol will be available for purchase at the event. No outside food or drink is allowed. Participants and visitors are encouraged to bring their own pop-up shelters and chairs. A DJ and others from Turlock, Merced, Modesto, Tracy, Livermore & Pleasanton will play music throughout the event.
Gates open at 8 a.m. and the tournament begins at 9 a.m. Parking is available at the Broadway Fairgrounds entrance, on the grass outside the Food Maxx Arena.