CONWAY — "Mudeo Games" — as in video games — is the theme for this year’s Championship of Mud Football sponsored by Miller Lite.
The event will be held Sept. 6, 7 and 8 at Hog Coliseum located behind the North Conway Community Center just off Main Street in North Conway Village.
Always held the weekend after Labor Day, this is a touch football tournament played in mud with lots of fun entertainment for the whole family.
It's zany and fun but with great competition and rivalries between the 12 participating teams from throughout New England who play in the 20-game, double-elimination tournament for the world championship honors.
Teams include three local squads: the hometown 11-time champion Mount Washington Valley Hogs, the two-time champion North Country Crocs and the North Conway Mud Things; as well as teams from outside the valley, including the defending 20-time champion Muddas Football Club of Amherst; the eight-time champion Nashua Mud Gumbys, the 2005 champion North Shore Mudsharks, the 2001 champion New Hampshire Mudcats, the Carrabassett Valley Rats (founders of the sport of mud football in Kingfield, Maine in 1972), Jack’s Predators the Rowley Mud Ducks and the Massachusetts Mud Dogs (all from of the North Shore of Massachusetts) and the Cumberland (R.I.) Muckaneers.
The event also features women exhibition games, featuring the Mermuds and Mudmaids, with players from regional touch football leagues and CrossFit training programs having made a big splash in their debut last year, with other female teams also playing in the exhibition matches.
New this year will be many halftime competitions, including piggyback races and spouse-carrying races from end zone to end zone.
Cheerleading squads are also featured, including the MWV Hoggettes and the Mud Ambassadors.
Money raised is donated to the North Conway Community Center, Vaughan Learning Center and Carroll County Retired Senior Volunteer Program, as well as other non-profits in the Mount Washington Valley.
Each $15 ticket ensures entrance into the games Friday, Saturday and Sunday and doubles as a raffle ticket for a $500 prize on Saturday and Sunday.
Day tickets and a family package are also available.
The 37th annual Tournament of Mud Parade is for 10 a.m. Saturday morning on Main Street in North Conway.
Enter an open division float yourself for the chance to win prize money to be donated to a non-profit of your choice. Serving as grand marshals will be representatives of first responders who will receive the Steve Eastman Grand Marshal Award. Parade registration is due by Sept. 1 with parade chair Josh Snell who may be reached via email (JSnell@SVMSnellBros.com).
The parade is sponsored by Amoskeag Beverages LLC of Bow, with prizes offered for first ($250), second ($150) and runner-up ($100) in both the team and open class. Teams donate their winnings to the nonprofit organization or cause of their choice.
Raffle tickets are now on sale for a Mud Bowl quilt, made by Amish craftspeople who used Mud Bowl T-shirts from the years that was commissioned by longtime Miud Bowl supporter/former state Rep. Carolyn Brown of Carolyn's Valley Tailor Shop of Conway.
The quilt is valued at $300. Tickets will be sold at various locations prior to Mud Bowl, including at Mud Bowl’s Flatbread night on Aug. 8.
Tickets will be for sale Saturday at Mud Bowl and Saturday night at Horsefeathers. Prices are three for $5 and seven for $10. The drawing will be held at Horsefeathers Saturday evening, Sept. 7.
For raffle ticket information, call (603) 356-9331.
Souvenir programs will be available mid-August at the North Conway Community Center. Pick one up for all the details. Volunteers are needed and appreciated.