MAHOPAC, N.Y. - More than 3,000 children and families are expected to attend the “Woodstock for kids’ this weekend when the sixth annual Mess Fest takes place at Kiwi Country Day Camp, 825 Union Valley Road in Mahopac. 

The event, slated for Saturday, Aug. 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain or shine) is hosted by the Muddy Puddles Project (MPP) for childhood cancer research and honors Ty Louis Campbell, who lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 5. Ty loved the kids’ TV character Peppa Pig and dreamed of jumping in muddy puddles, just like Peppa, when his cancer was cured, but he never got the chance. In remembrance of Ty, the special event is devoted to letting “kids be kids” in honor of those who can’t. Attendees of all ages are encouraged to laugh, play and get messy for a great cause.

The Mess Fest features a giant mud pit for jumping in, ziplines, “stopstacle” course, food fights, slime times, splatter paint and more—as well as a special guest appearance from Peppa Pig.

The Muddy Puddles Project was created as a fundraising platform for the Ty Louis Campbell (TLC) Foundation for childhood cancer research to improve the survival rates for all children diagnosed with cancer. Parents everywhere participate by taking photos of instances where they let their children have some extra messy fun, and share the photos, along with uplifting stories, with the MPP Facebook Community. A series of Muddy Puddles Project Mess Fest events and Welly Walk fundraisers take place each year, and supporters are encouraged to host their own. The Muddy Puddles Project is an official charity partner of Peppa Pig.