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Annual Dirt Ball Tournament Attracts

Every year, chasing a ball in a large puddle of mud during the Merchant’s Holiday Weekend gets more popular, reports. More than 600 people have already registered for this weekend’s Mýrarbolti Tournament which will take place in the town of Ísafjördur.

Ísafjördur. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

The preparations for this sixth European Championship in Mýrarbolti, or Mud ball are well under way. The competing grounds must fulfill strict conditions relating to texture and substratum. Around 280 muddy bodies rolled around in the swamp last year but this year, all records will surely be broken. The organizers even predict that they will have to close for registration some time this week or simply enlarge the area and increase the number of playing fields.

This year, some related exhibition sports will be on the schedule, such as Soap ball and the carrying of women, and rehearsals have been under way these past days with varied results.

This year, the biggest innovation is the tournament’s collaboration with Reykjavik’s annual Innipúkinn festival. This means that concerts will be held at the mire, which people consider to be a particularly good combination.

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