Mudstock is back after a one-year hiatus and organizers are changing things up a bit to make it easier to hold the event in a new location.

Mudstock is back after a one-year hiatus and organizers are changing things up a bit to make it easier to hold the event in a new location.
The 2017 Mudstock is scheduled for noon-3 p.m. Saturday, July 8 in the old Myers Park airport land behind the Lowe's Home Improvement Store.
Carthage Police Chief Greg Dagnan, a member of the Carthage Caring Communities committee, an affiliate of the Alliance for Southwest Missouri, that planned this year's event, said it will be held close to the corner of Annie Baxter Street and George E. Phelps Boulevard.
The event will have more water features and smaller mud holes to limit erosion and damage to the land Dagnan said.
The event had to be cancelled in 2016 because the land around the lot where it had been held since 2000 was being developed and the water runoff from Mudstock would have flowed onto property that was now the site of senior housing center, causing erosion and other damage.
Dagnan said some of the fun features in the event, the mud holes and long, looping mud trench, were part of the reason it had to be moved, and they were part of the reason it was so difficult to find a new location.
“You drive by the old Mudstock site, and it's been sold, but it still has big trenches, and that's with the National Guard trying to put all the dirt back,” Dagnan said. “I think the idea is we're going to transition to something where we don't dig a big hole. If we don't dig a big hole, we could do this at Municipal Park. We can do it anywhere, if we don't dig a big hole.”
Dagnan said the Carthage Fire Department will use the hydrant at the corner of Annie Baxter and George Phelps to set up different water features that will still be fun while doing less damage to the land.
Dagnan said city officials have said the event can be held at Myers Park this year, but in 2018 it will have to be moved to a new location.
“Mudstock is one of those things, you love it or you hate it,” Dagnan said. “I know some people whose kids will not get in that mud and get dirty. The committee was thinking, maybe this is the solution to our problem. Maybe we can have a little mud, but we can also have these family activities that don't involve getting in the mud. We may end up all winning on this deal.”
The event is free. A Facebook page promoting the event sends people to a website offering tickets for the event, but Renee Laney, with the Alliance for Southwest Missouri, said that's a mistake and tickets are not needed for this free event.
She said parents will need to fill out a form for each child participating, but forms will be available at the event.
Laney said free hot dogs and other refreshments will be available and the Jasper County Sheriff's Office is organizing a car show of law enforcement vehicles.
For more details, people can call the Alliance at 417-782-9899.