Steamy Saturday weather suits Mizzou H2O water day

Saturday, August 27, 2011 | 6:53 p.m. CDT
Students participate in a game of water balloon dodge ball during Mizzou H2O on Saturday. Students also had the chance to spray fire hoses and to go up in a fire truck bucket to drop water balloons in tubs to win gift cards.

COLUMBIA — After a week of classes in steamy weather, MU students stopped by Mel Carnahan Quadrangle on Saturday for some fun with water at Mizzou H2O.

MU's Department of Student Activities hosted the event. Liz Ambrose, who was in charge of the event, said the water day was created to offer students something new. She hopes it will become an annual event.

Students slid on an inflatable slide, played volleyball and Water Wars, and had water gun and water balloon fights.

The Columbia Fire Department sent volunteers and two firetrucks to the event, which helped students play one of the more popular games of the day: barrel wars. A barrel hung suspended in the air from the firetrucks' ladders. Two students stood on each side of the barrel, blasting it with water from the firetrucks' hoses, seeing who had strength to hold the hose the longest.

"You never get to play with firetrucks," Paige Zarbuck, an MU freshman said.

Temperatures made it into the 90s on Saturday.

"It's the perfect kind of day to do it," MU junior Heather Roberts said. "It's so hot."

A stockpile of free water guns waits to be distributed for the giant water gun battle at Mizzou H2O on Carnahan Quad Saturday. Other free handouts included sunglasses, beach balls, little towels, snacks and water.
Senior Sean Nahlik splashes down the water slide at Mizzou H2O Saturday. "The water slide is great, since it was probably the wettest activity at the event," Nahlik said. "DSA (Department of Student Activities) must do it again next year in the spring."

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