NORTHUMBERLAND — Carter Long liked the “climbing, crawling and stinky tunnels and getting water on me like a hybrid tomato.”
The 9-year-old may have had a unique assessment of the Pinemudder on Sunday at Pineknotter Park, but he wasn’t alone in his enjoyment of the wet, muddy and challenging obstacles at the kids event.
He was among 155 kids in the 4-to-13-year-old age group to take part in the Pinemudder, which was part of the 46th annual Pineknotter Days in Northumberland.
The event, sponsored by the community organization 17857.org and the borough fire department, got underway a half hour early at 1:30 p.m. because of the heat, which was in the high 90s. It wrapped up by about 2:30 p.m.
“There’s a whole bunch of obstacles,” said Terry Wolford, a lieutenant with the fire department.
They included the slip and slide, a balance beam and stepping stones, a cargo netting crossing, a tunnel crawl, a rope swing, a wall climb, sack race, a rope obstacle in the dugout at the baseball field and others.
Danielle Long, 5, her clothes all muddy after going through the course, liked “the strings,” (rope obstacle) and the slip and slide the best.
Jim Groninger, owner of Groninger Insurance, which paid for advertising for the event, said, “Without the help of the fire company and fire police, it would be very hard to put on this event.”
He said the event raised $775 from the $5 fee from participants. He said the organization hopes to use the money for Christmas decorations in downtown Northumberland.
Groninger said the volunteers started around 9 a.m. setting up the course.
“No child went missing,” he quipped.
The firefighters, with the help of Point Township Fire Department’s tanker, used 25,000 gallons of water to make the course muddy.
The Eye Center donated bottled water, which was in high demand in the hot, humid weather.
Cindy Diogo, of 17857.org, said the group is “a community-based organization to make Northumberland a fun place to live.”