Mudstock players get dirty for charity

Some came for fun and some came for the competition, but they all got down and dirty at Saturday’s Mudstock at Three Forks Harbor.

“We don’t have mud volleyball — we play indoors,” said mud-covered Jade Tigilau, who is from California and in her second year at Bacone College. “Just moving in the mud is difficult. You get stuck.”

Tigilau taped her shoes “so the mud wouldn’t suck them off, and my nails are all dirty.”

Cody Hughey, playing for Creek Nation Casino, said the most difficult part was “thinking you could move farther than you could — the first step was failure every time.”

Mudstock is an annual fundraising event for two non-profit organizations — Women in Safe Home and Muskogee County Council of Youth Services. Spokesmen for both organizations said this was their major fundraising event. The organizations split the proceeds.

The entry fee for each team was $300, and there were 44 entries.

Kendra Olmstead, playing for Kinky Sets, said, “There’s no way to move in that thick mud, it’s impossible.” This is her fifth year in the mud pits. “We come out with family and friends and have a good time and we usually do pretty good,” she said.
Family rivalry inspired siblings from Claremore, Oologah and Tahlequah to come out to Mudstock this year, Tristian Sparks said. His siblings are Rachelle Bailey, Ashley Dower, and Morgan Meigs. The four were part of the Mud Mafia team.

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