Two community events are scheduled for this Saturday, Sept. 17.
Messy Fest will take place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Schnepf Farms, 24610 S. Rittenhouse Road in Queen Creek.
Participants can get a dose of sloppiness at this family-friendly fundraiser.
The outdoor event will feature all things cluttered, chaotic and untidy, from massive mud pits and bouncy pillows designed for jumping and flinging to paint ball, tomato tosses, a slip-and-slide and a mashed-potato mosh pit.
Proceeds from the event will benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s Camp Rainbow, an organization devoted to providing lively and meaningful experiences for kids battling various forms of cancer or blood disease.
Messy Fest will welcome patients from PCH, giving them an opportunity to stray from the ordinary, sometimes painful and exhausting demands of their daily lives and instead focus all of their energy on fun.
Messy Fest attendees of all ages should expect to get filthy and are encouraged to wear old clothes they don’t mind getting stained, torn or damaged given the nature of this event, according to the release. A “rinse zone” will be available to event participants.
For more information, visit the event website at messyfest.com.
Relay for Life Queen Creek
Relay for Life Queen Creek will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 and continue through 6 a.m. Sept. 18 at Queen Creek High School, 22149 E. Ocotillo Road.
This year’s theme is Mardi Gras.
The public is invited to cheer on the participants or join in the walk. People do not have to stay the entire night attend.
The opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. will kick off the overnight event.
Games and activities are incorporated to provide entertainment and build camaraderie between the different teams as well as members of the public who are invited to attend and support the teams’ efforts.
So far, the relay has 29 teams whose 168 members have raised $17,078.87, according to the relay’s website.
The event also celebrates cancer survivors and their caretakers and honors those who have died from the disease. Money raised helps support cancer research and educational programs.
For more information, visit the Relay for Life Queen Creek Facebook page, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call co-chair Tina Parkinson at 602-647-2591.