There are many annual festivals and events throughout the state of Florida including several in the Plant City area that involve lots of fun and frolics for the whole family whether you are a local or simply visiting the region. Getting down and dirty certainly is the name of the game when it comes to the MudZilla Mud Run which is held annually around the middle of May at the Roberts Ranch just outside the city itself.
Described as the Godzilla of all mud races – mud racing being a popular sport in many southern US states – with a 5 kilometer course that will challenge the individual to the full, although many participants do so as a team as it is an amazing and very memorable experience you can enjoy with a group of friends. The challenging course provides thirty obstacles with a variety of different types of trial with competitors facing tests involving height, wind, climbing and sliding with one common feature – an abundance of mud! However, this is certainly not for the faint-hearted as some of the course obstacles can be hazardous as the run is designed to push you to your limits both physically and mentally. Fortunately, health and safety regulations will be monitored by race officials who will also be on hand to provide first aid for any injuries that may be sustained but to also offer alternatives to any fitness-related issues to help you complete the obstacles safely. This is a an all day charity event that aims to raise the profile of the TYA – The Youth Alliance – which is very active in the central Florida area running a variety of programs and fund raising events for young people including presentations aimed at the region’s student population on important subjects such as anti-bullying.
September sees a similar event held at the Keel and Curley Winery and Farm on the outskirts of Plant City. This is an all day event that the family can enter as a team or simply enjoy watching participants cover this 18 obstacle course which covers 2.9miles of the property pitting their physical strength against mud pits and the renowned Blueberry Stomp! This is unique to this specific Mud Run as the winery’s main produce is blueberry wine so naturally this particular crop had to feature as a highlight of this event. Registration fees are $65 for participants who sign up on the day but online slots booked in advance work out slightly proceeds from the race will go to a local charity for children with kidney disorders. Romp in the Swamp is the final event of its kind during the year and this adventure takes participants through obstacles dotted across the Lower Green Swamp Preserve in Plant City – which was formerly known as Cone Ranch – during October. This offers a range of natural and manmade obstacles with a smaller 1/2 mile run for children between the ages of 5 and thirteen. Prizes for fastest times and also for best costume are awarded here and there will be live music and food stalls throughout too.