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Kids revel in large mud pit during Michigan ritual

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Kids play in the pit during the annual Mud Day at Nankin Mills recreation complex in Westland, Michigan, o Tuesday. The mud pit contains 180 metric tons of clean fill dirt with 76,000 liters of water.

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Kellan Clegg (right), age 9, of Livonia, Michigan, gets covered in mud by his friends while playing in a giant lake of mud at the 25th annual "Mud Day" in Westland, Michigan. The event, which features a 75' by 150' pit filled with 20,000 gallons of water and 200 tons of topsoil, draws about a thousand children each year.

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Ben Rojewski, age 11, of Livonia, Michigan rises from the mud.

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Isiah Sanders (L) is held by his father Horace Sanders (2nd L) as he is hosed off after playing in the mud pit.

Celebrating the warm summer months, as schools let out and the cooling off begins

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