BLUEFIELD, Va. — People were slipping, sliding, bouncing and apparently having a good time on Thursday morning, afternoon and evening at the 36th annual Mud Pig Day celebration on the Bluefield College campus.
There are many legends of how the Mud Pig tradition began, including at least one that involved a living pig, but Chris Shoemaker, BC director of public relations, subscribes to the notion that an innocent water balloon battle in the spring of 1979 escalated into a full-scale campus-wide water battle.
“Dr. Charles Tyre, a former BC president, made it into a formal tradition and made it into a day for students to relax and enjoy themselves before the start of finals week on Friday,” Shoemaker said. “We have the slides, mud pit and bounce houses and a concert (featuring Cloverton) at 7 p.m. Students can take a little break before finals.”
A trio of young students, Jara Armstrong and Breanna Buterakos — both challenge students from Princeton and Bluefield, Va., respectively — along with their friend, Jessi Davidson, of Bluefield, slid down the high hill on the BC campus and took the plunge in the mud pit as firefighters with the Bluefield, Va., Volunteer Fire Department filled the pit with mud and water…