September in the White Mountains of New Hampshire brings colorful leaves but it also brings on a bit of autumn madness with the Annual World Mud Bowl Football Championships September 10-12, and a week later with the 2nd Annual Red Parka World Championships Grand Prix Tricycle Race at Black Mountain, in Jackson on September 18.
Football knee deep in mud
The Mud Football Championships, which started way back in 1976, take place every year in Conway and are popular enough that teams come to the competition from all over New England and New York State. This year there are nine teams entered and vying for the World Championship. A parade of floats, on September 11 this year, wends its way down the main street of North Conway featuring each of the teams and their sometimes colorful escorts. It’s all in good fun, of course, and sometimes even features belly dancers that are more belly than dancer.
The competitions themselves are held in a specially prepared stadium where the playing surface is literally a bowl of mud, knee deep and slippery. Given the playing field it’s hard to say it’s good clean fun, but that is the spirit as these guys slip, slide and slosh through a tiring and challenging game of ball. This is a double elimination tournament that plays out over the course of three days as the Mud Gumbies, The Hogs, Mud Rats and other colorfully named teams slog it out. This is an event that benefits local charities. The event is played in Hog Coliseum in Schuller Park right in the center of town. A nominal admission is charged.
How’s you trike Mike?
The other part of this madness is the 2nd Annual Red Parka World Tricycle Championships in Jackson on September 18. The course for this three wheeled madness is a ski slope at Black Mountain, a great place for downhill skiing in winter, but for tricycle riding? Anyone can enter this race and the sponsors will have plenty of sanctioned tricycles on hand for anyone who wants to risk life and limb on a mad dash downhill. If you have your own trike bring it, but it will have to be approved by the referees. Registration on the day of the event is $15 for solo racers and $50 for four person team. Winners will be chosen from among the solo racers and from among the teams. For more information or to enter the race contact the Red Parka Pub or or email the organizers at RPP302@RedParkaPub.com
For family-friendly lodging try the Red Jacket Mountain View Resort. Their large, comfortable, rooms are only a part of the attraction of this hotel. Another is their excellent dining room with views over the valley. The hotel also has its own indoor waterpark for guests and it makes a great way to end the day with, or without, the kids. Be sure to go up into the cupola for wonderful views out over the Mount Washington Valley all the way to Moat Mountain. For a more relaxed country B&B experience check out the Mount Washington B&B in Shelburne.