County’s 29th annual Mud Day July 12

Photo courtesy of Wayne County Parks. Children ages 4 to 12 will have the opportunity to get messy in the 75-foot-by-150-foot mud pit as part of the Wayne County Parks annual Mud Day July 12 at Hines Park-Nankin Mills Area, 33175 Ann Arbor Trail.

Photo courtesy of Wayne County Parks. Children ages 4 to 12 will have the opportunity to get messy in the 75-foot-by-150-foot mud pit as part of the Wayne County Parks annual Mud Day July 12 at Hines Park-Nankin Mills Area, 33175 Ann Arbor Trail.

Wayne County Parks is set to transform the Hines Park-Nankin Mills Area into a giant mud pit July 12 during the 29th annual Mud Day.

Children ages 12 and younger will have the opportunity to get down and dirty at one of the messiest playgrounds in southeast Michigan from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Mud Day brings me so much joy because I love to see kids having fun, playing in the mud” Parks Director Beverly Watts said. “The best part of Mud Day is seeing who gets crowned king and queen of the mud. This is a free event and I encourage families to come out and get messy with us.”

Thousands of children, who will be separated into two age groups — ages 4 and younger and ages 5 to 12 — will charge into the mud to participate in activities such as mud limbo and wheelbarrow races. The 2016 king and queen will be crowned after the games are over.

The Western Wayne Hazmat Team will be on site to help rinse the children off at the end of the event. Parents are encouraged to provide towels. Plastic bags will be provided to ensure that all dirty clothes are properly contained for the trip home.

Nankin Mills is at 33175 Ann Arbor Trail in Westland.