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Registration for 27th Annual Tournament of Mud Parade now under way

Mud Bowl theme for 2009 'Creature Muddy Feature'

August 13, 2009
The theme for this year's parade and World Mud Bowl is "Creature Muddy Feature," according to parade chair Bobbi Steele-Marotta, who says the deadline for registering for the parade is Wednesday, Sept. 2.

"New this year, we are offering a children's costume division, so we are hoping local kids will want to get involved, as Mud Bowl truly is a family event," said Steele-Marotta.

All eight teams entered in this year's World Mud Bowl mud football championships will compete in the team class for floats that best exemplify the "Creature Muddy Feature" theme.

In addition, an Open Class will also offer prizes for entries from the community.

The parade is sponsored by Amoskeag Beverages LLC. of Bow, longtime sponsors of the World Mud Bowl and distributors of Lite Beer by Miller.

To register, call Steele-Marotta at (603) 496-4404.

Selected to serve as this year's parade grand marshals are the 20-member restaurants of the Valley Originals independent restaurant association of Mount Washington Valley, who are being honored for their community service and spirit.

This year's World Mud Bowl returns for a 33rd year, with an eight-team, 13-game, double-elimination tourney, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 11 through 13. 

The Nashua Mud Gumbys hope to win their fourth straight title and fifth overall when they splash off against the 11-time hometown champion Mount Washington Valley Hogs, the 16-time champion Muddas Football Club of Amherst, the Carrabassett Valley Rats of Kingfield, Maine; the Peabody Predators, the 2005 champion North Shore Mudsharks of Salem, Mass.; the Cumberland (R.I.) Muckaneers and the 2001 champion Merrimack Mudcats of Franklin.

Advance tickets are now on sale at several locations, including Hannaford, The Met, and the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Advance three-day tickets are $10. Advance tickets serve as a chance to win one of two $500 drawings Sept. 12 and 13.

Daily admission is $6 for adults (14 and older), $4 for children ages 6-13. and free for 5 and under. A family pass (two adults, two children) costs $15.

Charitable groups interested in selling tickets receive 25 percent of the gross sales. Contact ticket chair Jackie Howe at the North Conway Day Care Center at 356-5213 for further information.

The World Mud Bowl over the past 33 years has raised $500,000 for charitable organizations, with the primary beneficiaries being the North Conway Day Care Center, the North Conway Community Center and the Carroll County Retired Senior Volunteer Program.

For further information about the World Mud Bowl, call the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce at 356-5701.

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