LINDSBORG — Grab your super soakers and swimsuits and join in on the fun at Swensson Park during Lindsborg’s annual community water fight.
The free event is put on by members of the Lindsborg Ad Hoc Roundtable. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 17 with firefighters awaiting to soak kids with their water hoses.
“This was something that was originally built around Front Porch Fridays. It’s also just something fun to do. At the time it was created, my kids were 8 and 5 and if they had a water gun, sprinkler or hose, they had hours of entertainment. So we decided to take that to a community level,” said Mike Dreier, an event volunteer.
The Lindsborg Fire Department will roll in with their trucks, and a water tank, that evening.
“It got a whole lot cooler when the fire department got involved,” Dreier said.
Thanks to area sponsors, free grilled hotdogs and watermelon will be served while supplies last.
This year, Dreier said there’s a new twist to the event.
“We’re adding a community art project, with help from the Lindsborg Art Council and Recreation Department. Our playground has tiles that kids made and they’ve got that wear and tear look about them thanks to weather, hooligans and other things that happen over time. But we’re going to have kids make new tiles...,” he said. “This is the perfect event that if you get paint on your hands you can go hose off during the event and be just fine.”
Dreier said Lindsborg’s citizens are proud of their playground and want to make sure it is well kept.
“We thought, ‘Well, we will have a bunch of kids all at one spot and so why not put it back together.’ It’ll also help out the Lindsborg Recreation (Department) with their new art programs. Hopefully, it’ll go well and we will continue this project every year,” he said.
Water guns of all sizes are allowed during the water fight. But Dreier said to please — leave the water balloons at home.
“They (water balloons) were originally part of the discussion; but giving the age range that we have, certain kids are able to throw a whole lot harder than others so we thought it may be the wisest choice not to have them. We felt water guns or whatever else you’d like to bring is OK,” he said.
There will be “dry zones” at Swensson Park for people who aren’t in the mood to get wet.
The community water fight was originally set at the end of May, but bad weather forced rescheduling until August.
“The last couple of years May weather was worse than anything I could’ve ever imagined. It was 45-degrees one day, then thunder storming the next, so we’re shooting for August. Hopefully, it’ll be August in Kansas,” he said.
The event was also moved to August so kids just beginning school could get one last taste of summer before things get busy.
“It’ll be a good chance for them to blow off some steam and go have fun,” he said.
While this may seem like an event strictly for kids, Dreier said people of all ages participate.
“We’ve had 75-year-olds running around with water guns — it’s just a good time for kids to run around and act like idiots,” he said.
Dreier said a free-will donation will be accepted during the evening as well.
“We will be happy with any amount. It’ll help with playground repairs and keep the maintenance going,” he said.
For more information, call the Lindsborg’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at 785-227-8687.
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