COLUMBIA ― Kara Kats and Kristin Terry steeled themselves against the blast of water that was about to come from two fire hoses Saturday as they faced off against another team in a game of tug-of-war.
“It’s a great time,” said Kats, a freshman at MU. “We heard about this huge water fight on campus, and it’s a great way to get soaked.”
Mizzou H2O, an annual event held on Mel Carnahan Quadrangle is hosted by the Department of Student Activities as a way to conclude summer and kick start the school year. The event featured games including a water balloon toss, dodgeball using wet sponges, obstacle course, water slide and tug-of-war using fire hoses.
“It’s a great way to relax and have fun before school starts,” said Liz Ambrose, one of the event’s organizers. “We really wanted to create an event that would get people to come out and have a good time.”
Food and drinks were provided, and a DJ played music that coincided well with the lively atmosphere. Despite the chance of rain, organizers expected about 500 people to attend.
While there were many university students in attendance, it was also family- oriented, with several parents and their children taking advantage of the free event. Adam Harold, a MU medical student, was there with his 21-month-old son, Caden.
“It’s got a great family vibe,” he said. “(Caden)'s really enjoying himself so far. The obstacle course is probably his favorite thing here.”
Shawn McCollom, an assistant fire marshal at the Columbia Fire Department and the fire marshal at MU, was one of several members of the Fire Department supervising the event. He said he was excited to get the assignment and spent his time judging the fire hose tug-of-war. Other members of the Fire Department participated in the games, too.
“I love being able to come to anything on campus,” McCollom said. “It’s a great way to get to know people and associate with them in a non-emergency situation and have a little fun, too.”
Water guns were scattered throughout the south quadrangle. Freshmen Brock Bondurant, Nick Thomas, and Leighton McCabe pretended to be secret agents and were somersaulting on the ground as they sprayed water at each other.
“It’s a great way to start off my first year,” Bondurant said. “If they have this again, I’ll definitely be coming back.”
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