Hancock County

Muddy Buddy’s wants to get muddy with local veterans

Muddy Buddy’s in the Kiln has several events planned for veterans on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016.
Muddy Buddy’s in the Kiln has several events planned for veterans on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. Courtesy

A Kiln business is hoping that local veterans and first responders will want to get “muddy”for Veterans Day.

Muddy Buddy’s, an ATV/RV park in the Kiln, is hosting “Free Ride” on Saturday, Nov. 12.

The event will have live music, bouncy house for kids, free fishing, free swimming and free primitive camping.

“This is something we wanted to do to show our support for our veterans and first responders for all that they do to help us,” Muddy Buddy’s manager Buddy Hall said. “So many places have stickers in the windows that say they support veterans, but we wanted to actually do something so we are letting veterans and first responders in for free this weekend.”

The live music starts at noon on Saturday and the lineup includes Midnight Revel and Jake Thibodeaux.

Hall said he hopes Saturday’s festival is the beginning of a long partnership between the campground and veterans.

“We hope to start offering some work-skills training for veterans and other programs just to let them know that we care about them and they are not forgotten,” Hall said.

Hall is part of a group that purchased the park earlier this year when it was known as Muddy Joe’s. A lawsuit had been filed by the operators of Muddy Joe’s but Hall told the Sun Herald via email that the lawsuit had been worked out between the owners of Muddy Buddy’s and the operators of Muddy Joe’s.

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