Preakness 2018 is all about the mud — and yes, mud wrestling
By Colin Campbell and Brittany Britto
The Baltimore Sun|
May 19, 2018 at 5:15 PM
Mud Wrestling at the 2018 Preakness infield festival.
We knew it was going to be wet this Preakness, but we could have never predicted the level of mudiness at this year’s grounds. Hundreds of Preakness goers traversed through mudpits and large puddles of water, with their shoes and legs covered in brown sludge. Others got strategic — or gave up — and braved it all barefoot.
Preakness spectator Michelle Meiser said she had been standing around in the Infield for around a half-hour watching people fall in and face-plant in the mud.
“It’s been terrible. We’re trying to warn them, but they’re so many people, you can’t warn them all,” she said. “… I’ve never seen anything like it.”
But for some, the mud just added another level of entertainment, providing the perfect platform for mud-wrestling matches and bellyflops into mudpits to appease the crowd.
Noah Boswell, 21, a Marine from North Carolina, gleefully dove in to the mud and was seen walking around covered from head to toe.