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Kids cool off at water party

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By Nick Johansen

Kids in Red Oak took advantage of an opportunity to beat the heat last week.

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On Wednesday, the Red Oak Public Library held its annual summer water party event. Roughly 60 kids took part in the activities offered by the library.

Participants had the opportunity to use hoses, soak themselves in a sprinkler, cool off in a pool, or do battle with squirt guns and hoses.

Library director Kathi Most said the water party is an annual event that has been going on for decades.

“We held the first water party around thirty years ago. It was the request of kids in the summer program who thought it would be fun to have a water balloon contest and sprinkler party. They also thought we should offer all the popsicles you could eat,” Most said.

Most added there are several factors that help make the water party possible every year, including public support.

“We are fortunate to have the support of donors and a line item in our budget for programs that is supplied by the city,” said Most.

Another benefit of the water party, Most said, is to help the kids grow.

“Children need a lot of socializing and play time, especially in the summer, or if they are new to the community it really helps to be accepted and meet others.”

Most said the water party has remained a popular summer event for the past three decades, and is a tradition they will continue for many years to come.