A steady downpour made this one of the muddiest Mud Days yet.

Rain before and during the 27th annual event in suburban Detroit that's open to kids 12 and younger created conditions that were conducive for maximum filthiness.

Aidan Ruggiero (ruh-ZHAIR'-oh) was covered from head to toe in muck, with only his eyes and mouth visible.

Asked how it felt, the 8-year-old from Livonia, Michigan, said: "I'm going to say 'fantastic.' I want to be coming back every year."

Wayne County parks workers spent a week creating the 75-by-150-foot mud pit, which consisted of 200 tons of topsoil and 20,000 gallons of water.

Tuesday's fun also included wheelbarrow races and a game of limbo.

And after it was over, firefighters were on hand to hose off the kids.