It’s a dirty job, but someone has to muck in

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Mud goes flying to the delight of the children seated on the edge of the mudslide pool at the inaugural Mania-O-Roto Scouts mudslide.

Mud, glorious mud – and it was everywhere.

More than 400 people slid and rolled in the stuff at the Mania-O-Roto Scouts mudslide day on Sunday, securing its place as an annual “open to the public” event on the scouting calendar.

The event was already a nationwide event for scouting groups but it was the first time held at Mania-O-Roto venue, and the first time it was open to members of the public.

It had been run in Methven for the past three years.

Allenton Kea leader and assistant Kea zone leader Nicci Glanville was “over the moon” with the response from scouting members, as well as members of the public.

There were 133 scout members registered and more than 250 members of the public on site at the Mania-O-Roto Scout Park, in Ashburton.

She said there had been a lot of feedback.

People were pleased the mudslide was actually a mud slide, and that there was a mix of wet and dirty activities to do.

Each activity was organised by different scout groups within the Mania-O-Roto district including Longbeach, Allenton, Methven, Hinds, Ashburton, Tinwald and Rakaia.

Members of the Rural Fire Brigade were, thankfully, also on hand to help wash down some mud from bodies at the end of the event.

Mrs Glanville said planning was already under way for next year’s event, which promised to be bigger and better.