“Mud Pig Day is a staple memory for every Bluefield College student,” said BC’s Kelly Bittler, director of student activities. “It’s a celebration, a commemoration of making it to the end of another school year for both students, faculty and staff.”
The 2016 version of Mud Pig Day will begin at 10 a.m. on April 28 with the famous and unforgettable mud pit — a man-made pool of cold water and murky mud just outside the Dome Gymnasium– and water slide — a long plastic tarp on BC’s high hill beside the Dome doused with water and cooking oil.
The Mud Pig Day tradition began on the campus of Bluefield College in the spring of 1979 when prior to the start of final exams BC students took a day off from classes, away from books, tests and studying to commemorate the end of another semester of achievement.
Some say the tradition began with a simple water balloon fight that developed into a full-scale, campus-wide water battle. Others recall how the event emerged out of a desire to increase school spirit and was named after a Lady Rams softball player who looked like every game she played was in the mud. Still others recall how the early years of Mud Pig Day included the actual chasing of a small pig, the crowning of a Mud Pig Day King, and the development of a formal day of games, competition, food, music, recreation, and fun under the guidance of Dr. Charles Tyer, president of the college from 1972 to 1988. This year, students are looking forward to not only the games and fun, but also the release from stress.
“It just lets us go out and not be so stressed out for a day, and work out some built up energy,” said junior Olivia Williams.
“It is a day to release the stress of finals coming up,” echoed sophomore Gabrael Spencer. “For me, it’s good because I get to relax a little bit.”
This year’s Mud Pig Day will focus on the theme “Color Run” and will feature a first for the event in a color spray. At 1 p.m., all BC students will be invited to grab a packet of colored powder to throw in the air as the college captures the moment with a video drone.
“I enjoy getting to spend time with my fellow classmates in a different environment,” added Williams. “I just think it’s nice to see the school fellowship together.”
Other activities of the day include inflatable games opening at 11 a.m, a cookout at 12 p.m., a corn hole tournament at 2 p.m., a lip sync battle at 7 p.m., and a bon-fire at 9:30 p.m.
“I personally enjoyed hanging out with people in the inflatable volleyball court,” said junior Lee Harris-Brown. “It’s a day where everyone seems to have no worries, but also a last time to hang out with many seniors.”
Mud Pig Day arrives every year mixing the old traditions with the new to make it legendary. This year will be no different as students await the day to have fun and release their stress.
“This day signifies the end of an era for some, and for others it gives them something to look forward to as they continue to make memories as a BC student,” said Bittler. “Every student, staff, faculty and alum knows about Mud Pig Day. It’s part of being a Ram.”
Local residents are invited to stop by and join the Bluefield College family for Mud Pig Day 2016. There will be no charge for the fun, except for meals and t-shirts. For more information, contact the BC Office of Public Relations by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at 276-326-4212.