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MapPrattsville, NY
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  • Expression of Community Spirit


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.

Best of Hudson Valley History

2013 Editors' Pick-- Best Expression of Community Spirit

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Best of Hudson Valley Winners: 2013
County: Greene
Pick: Editors' Picks
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