Perk's Pinky Swear Mess Fest

Date and Location

Saturday, June 23, 2018

7:30 am 
Registration/Check-in opens

8:30 am
Course opens

10:00 am
All participants must be checked in 

10:30 am
All participants must start the course

*The course will open starting at 8:30 am. You can start anytime after 8:30 am, but you must start the course by 10:30 am. 


MN Pro Paintball

22554 Texas Ave
Lakeville, MN 55044
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*Parking is free at MN Pro Paintball Park and opens at 7:30 am.


14 & Under - $35 
15 & Above - $40

Host a Birthday Party at Mess Fest! Contact Us for more details!

Online registration has closed. Walk-up registration will be open on Saturday, June 23 from 7:30am-10:00am at Minnesota Pro Paintball.

This summer, it's back and messier than ever!

Hosted by KARE11's Eric Perkins, the 5th Annual Perk's Pinky Swear Mess Fest is a youth and family slopstacle course to raise money and awareness for Pinky Swear Foundation. The focus of the event is kids helping kids with cancer, with a course featuring 11 slopstacles and a family-friendly event open to all ages.

Eric Perkins is the mastermind behind Mess Fest, celebrating it's fifth year in 2018. Eric joined KARE 11 in November of 1996 as a sports reporter and in 2012 was named weeknight sports anchor and sports director at KARE. As a sports reporter Perkins gained much attention with "Perk at Play." Created in the winter of 1997, the hands-on segment won several awards - including an Emmy. A Los Angeles native, Eric graduated from Pepperdine University, majoring in Broadcasting. He and his wife Shelley call the Twin Cities home, and keep busy raising their three children.

One part obstacle. One part super sloppy, messy fun. We call them slopstacles!

The approximately 1.25 mile course contains 11 slopstacles, with a mix of new and old favorites. Don't worry - a cleaning station will be available for you to rinse off, with changing tents for males and females. Bring a towel to dry off and a bag for your dirty/wet clothes!

From paint to goo to foam, we've got you covered...literally. We take creative pride in adding new slopstacles yearly, while keeping the favorites you know and love.

Everyone loves the final slide to the finish line! All participants receive a free event takeaway at the finish line.

You can do more than make a mess to help kids with cancer. Become a Keeper of the pinky swear promise!

When you register for Mess Fest, you are already helping Pinky Swear deliver support to help families while their child undergoes cancer treatment. You can join more than 1,000 other kids who are doing their own thing to help people learn more about how Pinky Swear helps kids with cancer and inspire them to contribute. 

Kids helping kids with cancer.

We are here to help you with a fundraising tool kit and helpful ideas along the way. You will get your own online fundraising page that you can personalize with why you want to raise funds for Pinky Swear, and email friends and family to invite them to support you. 
In addition to knowing that you are helping kids with cancer in your community and across the country, you can earn prizes for fundraising milestones.

Who can participate? Technically, Mess Fest is open to all ages, however, it is geared towards youth and families. All obstacles are designed for minors under 18 years old.  If you're an adult and you're looking for an extreme mud run (like Tough Mudder), this probably isn't the event for you. Again, this is a fun run style event that's all about getting kids, teens and their families messy while raising money to help kids with cancer. Minimum age is 6. 

What if it rains while on the event? Then you will get wet. Mess Fest happens rain or shine! We do monitor the weather during the event and make arrangements should foul weather become a factor.  

Are spectators & families welcome? Spectators (friends and family who are not registered for Mess Fest) are welcome to join in the fun at the start line, finish line and a viewing station mid-course, but will be unable to go out on the course. If your child needs your assistance or wants you to join in the fun along the course, you will need to be a paid participant. Children under the age of 13 will need a registered adult to join them on the course. One adult can supervise up to 5 children under the age of 13. 

Where do I park? Free parking is available at the MN Pro Paintball grounds; follow the Parking Lot Volunteers to a safe parking spot. 

Additional details will be sent to you the day before the event

If you have event-related questions, please contact us at Please make sure you indicate what event you are inquiring about and we will get back to you within 1-3 business days.

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