Bryce Green and his friends kicked off the Windsor Harvest Festival on Saturday by pushing each other into the mud. They just wanted to get it over with. Green and his friends weren’t the only ones covered head to toe.
Fifty adult teams and 10 youth teams participated in the annual mud volleyball tournament at Diamond Valley Park, part of the annual festival that drew about 300 people. The festival, which includes vendors in the park and a parade, will conclude Monday.
“It’s pretty much the most spectacular thing,” Green said of the volleyball tournament. “It is a lot of fun.”
Green’s eight-person team, the Purple Cobras, had won one and lost one midway through the tournament. Most of the team members work at Water Valley together, and they said they thought this would be a fun thing to do together but were still hoping to take home the trophy.
“I play in a sand volleyball league and this is a lot harder,” Green said.
The five mud-pit courts filled with water made it hard for players to move around quickly. Green said there are many times you get stuck or sink in a hole.
Diamond Valley Park was covered with pitched tents, picnics and yard games while people waited for their turn. There was also a concession stand and DJ to entertain people throughout the eight-hour tournament.
Epic Mess was at the tournament to reclaim their title from 2009. Last year, they finished fifth.
Their game plan was simple.
“Just get out there and hopefully hit the ball,” Shala Schneider said. “Try to stay upright. It’s cold, and it’s hard getting up but look at this. It’s a lot of fun.”
The team, made up of four girls and two guys, wore lime green shirts, black pants and green and purple tutus for fun. The girls said the boys were good sports to wear them.
In the youth tournament, the Mud-Shaka-Lakas were having fun bonding while diving in the mud together.
“It is really fun,” Karsen Hennessy said. “Some of us weren’t as close before this and now we really are.”
The eight girls, ages 12-14, wore black shirt that they decorated with puff paint. They also wore tie-dye knee pads made from duct tape.
“It was really fun,” Madison Armijo said. “You get to spend time with your friends.”