On August 28, 2011, Hurricane Irene barreled through New York State, causing unprecedented flooding in the Catskills. Hardest hit was the town of Prattsville, whose Main Street became a torrent of water that raged with a force greater than that of Niagara Falls, sweeping away homes, businesses, vehicles — anything and everything in its path. Those were dark days indeed for Prattsville’s 700 residents; but in the weeks and months that followed, they worked together tirelessly to rebuild their town, and have made significant progress toward that end.
In commemoration — perhaps defiance is a better word — of that fateful day, Prattsville now celebrates MudFest every August. This weekend-long, town-wide party features art exhibits, live music performances, film screenings, an artisans fair, kids’ activities, a community dinner on the town green, fireworks, and “mud games” — volleyball and tug-of-war played in a mud-saturated field. We tip our hats to these resilient folks for their can-do spirit — and for having a sense of humor in spite of the difficult circumstances.