Buxton mud stomp a fun and dirty success

Kids and parents were covered from head to toe in mud at the Buxton Community Garden’s first mud stomp event.

About 70 locals and visitors braved the cold to squelch in dirt and water on Thursday, May 31.

The event was run in conjunction with Mud Fun Australia and aimed to teach participants about making mud bricks that will be used to construct an outdoor structure in the garden.

Garden coordinator Sarhn McArthur-Gumbley said the weather might have been chilly but the community event “warmed the spirits of everyone involved”.

“It was great to see everyone’s smiling faces,” she said.

“There was a nice cross-section of the community present including kids, parents and grandparents.

“It didn’t take long for people to let their inhibitions go.

“Everyone was taking ownership of day and wanted to be a part of the fun.”

The group created a rocket stove from mud bricks.

Mud Fun Australia founder Dave Mitsak ensured everyone was having fun.

Participants played music on drums and kids and parents were singing along when they weren’t having mud fights or falling over.

Mrs McArthur-Gumbley said the community garden members wanted make the mud stomp a regular event and hoped to create a barbeque area using the mud bricks.

“Building a structure together will allow us to take ownership of it and it is better than get a grant and builders in to do the work,” she said.

“It might take longer to do but it is not about the destination. It’s about the journey.”

Mrs McArthur-Gumbley wanted to thank Pheasants Nest Produce for donating fruit for the day and Wollondilly Council for providing a grant for the event.