Mud volleyball games, that is.
The Mission Lions Club is hosting the Second Annual Mud Volleyball Tournament this Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. City of Alton crews have already begun preparing the mud pits for the event featuring good, clean family fun. It will be staged on Conway Avenue across the street from the Alton City Hall.
Some 48 teams are expected to participate in the all-day event, including a re-match of last year’s face-off between Mission Police and Mission Fire Department. Mission High School and Veterans Memorial High School will both be fielding teams, as well.
The public is invited and admission is free.
To add to the day’s enjoyment of watching the Valley’s most entertaining event, there will be a range of snacks and drinks for sale, including funnel cakes, spiral potatoes, snow cones, brisket sandwiches, sausage wraps, corn on the cob, fajita tacos, gourmet popcorn, candied pretzel sticks, chips, candies, chamoy apples, fruit cups, French fries, chicharrones, popsicles, bottled water and soft drinks. Last year, the Beer Garden was a popular spot for the adults and will be open again this year. Many of the vendors are non-profit organizations that are using the event as a fundraiser, so no outside food or beverages will be permitted.
There will be more fun activities for the kids this year, said Luciano Guerra, co-chairman of the event. The PET (Personal Energy Transportation) hand-pedaled cart races are back, as is the face painting. But new this year will be the Kids’ Mud Fun Zone for kids age 12 and under, sponsored by Conway Avenue Baptist Church. Kids can go into the mud pit for their own fun mud activity. For the small children, there will also be kiddie pools filled with mud for mud sculpturing, mud painting and other mud related activities. All the events are free.
Continuous music will play all day – some live and some DJ music.
Not for profit organizations that will be selling food or drinks as fundraisers include Sharyland Leo Club, Crossroads Academy, Faith Christian Academy, Boy Scouts Troop 83, Venture Crew 83, City of Alton Fire Dept., Alton Lions Club and Mission Lions Club.
Team registration Saturday morning begins at 8:30 a.m., but teams are encouraged to attend early registration on Friday (today) between 6 and 7:30 p.m. at the same location. Tournament officials will be checking roster and waiver forms, issuing participant bracelets and T-shirts. Only the team captain or team representative needs to attend early registration.
“All teams are encouraged to register on Friday so that they won’t have to arrive as early on Saturday. They will be able to pick up their teams’ goodie bags at that time which will include among other things a water bottle and a t-shirt for each player. We will also be able to tell them at that time which layer of games they are in so they will know what time they need to arrive Saturday,” said Guerra.
The double-elimination tournament challenges teams in games that will be played to 20 points. Games are played with at least six players, and no more than eight at a time, allowing for up to two alternates to rotate. T-shirts will be provided to all registered players. For more information or to sponsor a team, call tournament co-chairperson Rosie Sterling at 956-369-5775. To register a team, download a form from their Facebook page, Mission Lions Club Mud Volleyball, or request one from Sterling at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers are also needed to help run the event Saturday. To volunteer, contact Tim Milam at 330-8463 or email email@example.com.
Proceeds from this event will be used for charitable programs sponsored by the Mission Lions Club, such as Mission Food Pantry, Texas Lions Camp for Handicapped Children, RGV Comfort House, Special Olympics, Salvation Army, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Lions Eye Bank of Texas, Boy Scouts and others.
Anyone interested in joining the Mission Lions Club or learning more about the Lions International organization is invited to attend the tournament Saturday or attend a Mission Lions Club meeting, held most Wednesdays at noon at Danny’s Mexican Restaurant in downtown Mission.