SOUTH WEBER -- About 250 students from Northridge High School cascaded into a field of mud Wednesday afternoon at the South Weber Posse Grounds.
It was one of their celebrations for homecoming week, and what better way to build student camaraderie than by wrestling in the mud?
That's exactly what the junior class officers had in mind last year when they came up with what they hope will become a tradition -- the Mud Games.
"We were trying to think of the coolest thing we could do that would be super-memorable for the students, but was cheap and easy to throw together," said Brighton Ketts, a senior who last year was the junior class president who helped come up with the idea.
For the masses of students who came to slog their way through the mud, staying clean was the last thing on their minds.
The 1,000-foot-long hose attached to the fire hydrant had been running secondary water 24 hours before the event started, and the sprinklers were running at full-bore 10 hours before as well.
The students who showed up quickly made themselves at home in their mud playground, wrestling each other into the sloshy earth, exchanging mud-filled hugs and tossing around beach volleyballs that sent trails of ooze soaring through the air.
Kaden Cox, a sophomore, had to be talked into coming to the event by his friends because he didn't think it would be very entertaining. Once he got into the mud-slinging action, though, his perception quickly changed.
"It's fun," he said, "because I can get quite dirty."
While some students were a little timid at first, others dived right in, bringing their friends with them by sharing handfuls of mud. Those just looking on didn't escape for long, as countless mud balls went flying through the air, coating anyone in their path.
Though the crowd of students came for the Mud Games, several of the teachers there knew far more was going on than just flinging mud.
"It gets friendships going, especially with the new sophomores coming in, and it gets school spirit and camaraderie between everybody," said Pam Harwood, student adviser at Northridge High.
"Even more exciting is that it sets a good example for the kids, so they know they can have fun without getting involved in the wrong activities."