MAHOPAC, N.Y. - The seventh annual Muddy Puddles Mess Fest, which honors Ty Louis Campbell, a young boy from Pawling who lost his battle with brain cancer at the age of 5 in 2012, was held Saturday, Aug. 3, at Camp Kiwi in Mahopac. In remembrance of Ty, this day is devoted to setting free the inner child in all of us.
Attendees laugh, play and get messy while raising money for the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation, a nonprofit that funds research into the most aggressive childhood cancers.
Along with zip lines, splatter paint, pie tosses, slip ’n’ slides, food fights, muddy-puddle jumping, a “slopstacle course” and more, the event included a visit with Mess Fest’s official charity partner, Peppa Pig. The star of the most popular animated preschool television program in the U.S., Peppa Pig absolutely loves jumping in muddy puddles.
In the first six years, the Mess Fest has attracted more than 12,500 participants and raised approximately $475,000 for childhood cancer research, which accounts for approximately 30 percent of the nonprofit’s total income of $1.6 million.