WHEATLAND – As the grand finale for their summer reading program, the Platte County Library hosted a Water Wars which drew kids from Guernsey, Chugwater, Wheatland and Glendo.
There were also some kids who were vacationing and happened upon the annual event. The temperatures were hovering around 90 degrees and there was not a better day that the library staff could have picked to run this event.
It was a two-day event, run on both Tuesday and Thursday of last week. There were kiddie pools, wading pools, super soakers, slip and slides, sprinklers, water balloons and the Wheatland Volunteer Fire Department even participated, bringing their water cannon to the war.
Julie Henion, director of the Platte County Library also invited community leaders to the party and Platte County Clerk Malcolm Ervin and his wife, Bailey, advertising manager of the Platte County Record-Times both agreed that it was fun and it was wet.
“We started this in 2008,” Henion said. “We expect between 80 and 100 kids. The firemen are excellent as are my workers and I give them a lot of credit, but the biggest challenge for me is getting everyone on the same page as far as schedules go. This year we had professionals who came and we are just going to let the kids hammer them.”
Grand prizes for a point system throughout the summer were given on both days, Tuesday’s prize was a hoverboard and Thursday’s prize was a drone.
“Every week if they attend, they get a ticket,” Henion said. “If they turn in their homework they get a ticket and if they do the scavenger hunt they get a ticket. So they’ve had eight weeks now. They can put their tickets in for the drawings.”
The event was held last Tuesday at 10 a.m. and Thursday at 1 p.m. Both days had plenty of sunshine and warm temperatures. Not to mention gallons and gallons of water.
Wwars 1 Water Wars is an annual event that has been going on since 2008. It traditionally marks the end of the summer reading program and is held outdoors on the lawn of the Platte County Library in Wheatland. The kiddie pools this year featured showers for the younger kids.
Wwars2 Water Wars is a celebration of accomplishment, a celebration of fun and a celebration of summer. Kids from all over Platte County celebrated by dancing in the spray.
Wwars3 It was no holes barred fun on the Platte County Library lawn this past week as the library celebrated their end of summer reading program and rewarded the kids with prizes and a huge water party.
Wwars4 Local celebrities were invited to the Water Wars for the kids to take aim at. The Platte County Clerk, Malcolm Ervin and his wife Bailey who is the advertising manager for the Platte County Record-Times were both on hand and were both soaked.