Mud Mania festivities return to Rancho Los Cerritos Sunday
2011-08-18 · By Editor
Squish some history between your toes on Sunday, August 21 at the delightfully muddy festival where you’re not supposed to stay clean. With a large mud pit, an archaeological dig and many muddy activities, Mud Mania at Rancho Los Cerritos is the perfect venue for children and adults who love to get dirty.
Mud-tastic activities include a muddy tug-o-war, mud relay races, and archaeology adventures. In addition, your can explore the creative side of adobe by making a coil or pinch pot, or try your hand on a potter’s wheel.
There will also be plenty of “clean” activities throughout the day including live bluegrass music by The Witcher Brothers in the afternoon. Refreshments will be available for sale.
Visitors will learn about the local soil in Long Beach and the importance of adobe in early California. Then, take advantage of the chance to make real adobe bricks, plaster a wall or construct a mini adobe home. Find out about composting and critters that live in the soil.
As guests slither and squish through the gooey mud, they will learn all about the wonders of adobe. Adobe is one of the oldest and most common building materials known to man. Traditionally sun-dried, adobe blocks are made of sand, clay, water and straw and were used to construct the home at Rancho Los Cerritos—built 164 years ago in 1844. Today, Rancho Los Cerritos is one of the few remaining two-story adobes in Southern California.
Plan to wear old clothes and bring a towel for the car; there are no showers at the Rancho! The Rancho is still under construction and parking is limited to Virginia Road; shuttle service will be available.
Mud Mania takes place at Rancho Los Cerritos Sunday, August 21, 2011 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for kids. Mud Mania gets down and dirty at the Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, 4600 Virginia Road, northwest of the intersection of Long Beach Boulevard and San Antonio Drive.
Mud Mania is sponsored by Friends of Rancho Los Cerritos and Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, Long Beach Parks, Recreation & Marine. For more information about Rancho Los Cerritos,call (562) 570-1755 or visit their website www.rancholoscerritos.com.