The Muddiest Festival in the Valley!

Mudley Mascot Thanks Creator Nicolle Muir!

Wolfville’s mascot, Mudley, has a birthday this summer. He is 35 years old.

When Nicolle Muir was 10 years old she won a contest at Wolfville Elementary School to create a mascot for Mud Creek days.The Grade 4 student entered the competition, she recalled, at the last minute. Her Mudley concept was based on her experience mud sliding and a whitish Al Capp cartoon character she was obsessed with at the time.

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“Shmoo was cute and kind of rolly polly,” Muir recalled about her inspiration. She drew a unique chocolate colored image and came up with the name.

Her prize was cutting an official Mudley cake, a photo in the Advertiser and local America, Muir chuckles. “It was awesome,” she recalled.

Born Nicolle Francis, she grew up on Orchard Avenue and can describe the not entirely pleasant sensation of thick, dark mud drying on her limbs. Muir grew up and spent many years away, in New York City and Scotland.

Three years ago, she and her husband Grant moved back to the Wolfville area to raise their daughter, who is 13 now.

“My family is here and I wanted my daughter to live in a small town where everybody knows your name. Wolfville is a great town.”

Muir’s late father used his wood working kills to create little wooden carvings of Mudley. His talent adorns a town trophy or two.

Of the mascot she invented, Muir says, “I love that he’s still going strong.”

Wolfville steamstress Audrey Deal created the first Mudley costume. Retired town staff member Pat Stewart, who is the Fezziwig Society costume maker, got her start fabricating the second and third editions.

“I think we’re on the fourth now,” Stewart notes with a grin. “My kids all did it. They were not happy. (It was hot inside). There were even summer and winter versions.”

Generally the town’s summer staff have the honor of climbing into the mud creature’s costumes. A fund in Mudley’s name now collects monies toward recreational fees for those needing support.

-Contributed by Wendy Elliott, Wolfville Town Councillor

Teams compete in the annual Mud Challenge during Mud Creek Days for the prized Mudley Cup.  

The entrance fees for the contest ($100 per team) go directly to the Mudley Fund, which helps Wolfville kids access recreation programs.

Here is one of the Mudley Cup trophies created by Nicolle's father:

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...and the updated Mudley Cup to match the newest version of our mascot:

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A few iterations of the Mudley Mascot in action:

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Mudley2.jpg Mudley circa 2018

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Mud Creek Days 2018 - July 27-29th

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Thursday, July 26th
Friday, July 27th
Saturday, July 28th
Sunday, July 29th

FREE Movies at Al Whittle Theatre

Mudley's Movie Night

Special Cemetery Ghost Walks

Wolfville Tennis Club Mud Creek Days Celebrations

Mudley's Birthday Party

2018 Mud Challenge

Waterfront Party + Food Truck Rally + Beverage Tasting + Concert!

Wolfville's Amazing Race

Finale Concert

2018 Mud Creek Days Schedule of Events

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Thursday, July 26th

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The classic Tom Hanks film from 1988 returns to the Big Screen!

After wishing to be made big, a teenage boy wakes the next morning to find himself mysteriously in the body of an adult.

FREE Admission and FREE Popcorn!  

Doors open at 6:15pm for Pre-show Trivia and Games.

Friday, July 27th

6pm - Official Opening of Mud Creek Days and Street Dance

Main Street between Elm Ave and Central Ave

Join us for the Official Opening of Mud Creek Days 2018 as we kick off the celebration of Wolfville's 125th birthday!

The Sundries will perform an outdoor show, right on Main Street! 

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Watch from one of the patios on Main Street or join the party and dance in the street.

Official Mud Creek Days Opening at 6pm.

The Sundries will play from 6:30 - 8:30pm. 

Chalk Art, Games and More!  Fun for the Whole Family.

7:30pm - Cemetery Tour and Ghost Walk

St. John's Anglican Church in Wolfville - 164 Main St.

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Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of St. John's Anglican Church with a family-friendly, guided cemetery tour with Jerome the GraveKeeper.

Tickets are $20 or $15 for students/seniors, available at Ticketpro.ca and all of their locations, or at www.valleyghostwalks.com  

This walk is made possible by support from the Anglican Diocese of NS and PEI and the Sacred Arts Trust of the Anglican Foundation. 

9pm - Mudley's Movie Night!

Rotary Park (7 Victoria Ave)

The Town of Wolfville will once again be hosting Mudley's Movie Night as part of the Mud Creek Days Celebration.  

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This year's movie at Rotary Park: Ferdinand

After Ferdinand, a bull with a big heart, is mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure.

Join us for some pre-show trivia, starting at 9pm.

Movie starts at dusk - approximately 9:30pm.

This is an outdoor movie showing.  Limited bleacher seating available.

Please bring your own chair or a blanket to sit on.

Rain location: Al Whittle Theatre.

Saturday, July 28th

7am - Sausage and Pancake Breakfast

Wolfville Lions Club

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Start your Saturday right with a delicious breakfast served up by our local Lions Club!

Free will offering to support the Lions.

9am (Sat. & Sun.) - Wolfville Tennis Club

Mud Creek Days Celebrations

Rotary Park / Wolfville Tennis Courts

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11:30am - Mudley's Birthday Party

Clock Park

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Mud Creek's mascot, Mudley, turns 125 this year, and he wants to celebrate!

Fun for the whole family, including Face Painting, Balloon Twisting, Music, Bouncy Tent, FREE Cake, and More!

Cash BBQ on site in support of the Wolfville Historical Society.

3pm - 2018 Mud Challenge

Willow Park

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Registration Now Open!

The messiest and most fun tradition in the Valley, with over $400 in prizes up for grabs! 

Teams compete to race through muddy challenges.  As fun to watch as it is to compete!  Come cheer on your favourite team, or register your own!

$100 Entry Fee.  Proceeds go to the Mudley Fund. 

Top Prize worth $250.

2nd Place: $100

Prizes for Best Costumes ($50) and Best Team Spirit ($50)

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Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register or with questions.

5:30pm - Party on the Waterfront

Waterfront Park

Food Trucks, Local Beverage Tasting, Music and Beautiful Scenery!

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New this Year!

We'll have a great lineup of Food Trucks at Waterfront Park (in the parking lot), featuring:

Curry Express - Taste of India

Miller's Gourmet to Go

Cotton Candy 4 U

Draught Pro Ltd. - Let's Eat Beer

Nippers' British Fish & Chips

AND, there will be a Local Beverage Tasting Market featuring:

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Paddy's Pub

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Annapolis Cider Company

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Lightfoot & Wolfville Vineyards

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Schoolhouse Brewery

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Wayfarers' Ale Society

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Barrelling Tide Distillery

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Solas Kombucha

We'll also be treated to some great music from the stage on the Waterfront Gazebo!

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The Jill Boudreau Band kicks things off at 5:30pm....

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and multiple Nova Scotia music award winner Charlie A'Court brings us home! 

followed by:

Fireworks!

10pm - Waterfront Park

We can't wait to see what FireworksFX have in store for this year's show in celebration of 125 years of the Town of Wolfville.

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Show starts at 10pm on Saturday, July 28th, and is best viewed from the Wolfville Waterfront.  See you there!

Sunday, July 29th

Wolfville's Amazing Race

12pm - Waterfront Park

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Back by popular demand!

Team up with a friend and take part in a variety of challenges that will take you all around the Town of Wolfville, solving puzzles and completing tasks along the way in a race against time!

Top Prize worth $250.

2nd Place: $100

Prizes for Best Costumes ($50) and Best Team Spirit ($50).

Download Registration Form Here

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register or with questions.

Finale Concert

1pm - Waterfront Park

Come see Swig play in the Gazebo on the Waterfront while we wait for Wolfville's Amazing Racers to return for the spectator-friendly Finale!

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The band will entertain while the Race is on, as well as after it's over, approximately 1-3pm.

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3pm - Al Whittle Theatre

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Shrek the Musical is a movie starring Brian d'Arcy James, Sutton Foster, and Christopher Sieber. Make room for ogre-sized family fun as the greatest fairy tale never told comes to life in a whole new way in this breathtaking Broadway musical adaptation of the hit movie Shrek!

FREE Admission!

7:30pm - Cemetery Tour and Ghost Walk

St. John's Anglican Church in Wolfville - 164 Main St.

Another chance to catch this special production by Valley Ghost Walks in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of St. John's Anglican Church.

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