The Corn Festival Kiddie Water Fights had some firefighters in training playing Saturday morning.
Cade Osborne, 4, of Morris and Jacob Meloun, 4, of Morris wore little firefighter uniforms complete with fire helmets as they competed in the annual water fights at Main and Wauponsee streets.
Cade and Jacob high-fived their family members as they finished up their first round of water fights.
“We are going to do it again,” Jacob shouted before turning around to cheer on the next team.
“Don’t hit each other, hit the ball,” he said.
The event is held by the Morris Fire Protection and Ambulance District and attracted about 64 kids to participate. For the water fights, two teams of two competed to move a ball across a rope in the air with the spraying water from hoses. The teams compete twice and switch sides, and they go a third time if there is a tie.
The remaining winning teams then compete against each other for the final prize.
Leslie Meloun, Jacob’s mom, said his father, Mike, is a local firefighter and Jacob has wanted to participate in the water fights since he first saw the event.
“He’s been talking about it so long, so we thought we would try it,” she said.
The kids dress in rain gear, such as raincoats and ponchos. Most wear goggles so they can see through the water pouring on them from the hoses as they compete. But because of the warm weather Saturday, some even wore their bathing suits.
Eben Bailey, 5, of Morris wore his Batman poncho for his first time participating in the water fights. His partner, Alana Stroup, 5, of Morris proudly wore her blue Six Flags poncho with Bugs Bunny on the back.
“It’s hard to see because the water splashes you,” Alana said.
Children from ages 4 to 14 participate in the fights and are broken up into age categories. For some of the younger kids, getting soaked by the water makes them too cold for comfort.
Four-year-old Daemien Plemmons, of Morris attempted to help his 6-year-old sister, Sophia, in the fight, but dropped the hose shortly after getting sprayed.
But Sophia loved it, even though her mother, Jessica Plemmons, said Sophia didn’t want to play at first.
“It was awesome,” Sophia said.
This was the first time the family has brought the children to participate in the fights.
“We wanted to do something for the kids and this was our first time doing it. It was really nice,” Jessica Plemmons said.