The Kiwanis Wet/Dry Parade will provide a fun way to cool off this Saturday at Great Bend’s Party in the Park.
Be warned: While there will be places where spectators and parade entries can avoid being soaked, the biggest water fight ever to hit Veterans Memorial Park will start at 10 a.m. on Aug. 12.
“It’s just a lot of fun,” said Barb Esfeld, president of the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis. “Kids will love it, and what adult doesn’t love a water fight?”
Floats and other entries will travel west on 17th St. Terrace from McKinley St. and it will be a normal, “dry” parade at first, Esfeld said. If you don’t want to risk getting all wet, that is the best place to watch the parade. And if you’re in the parade, there’s a dry escape route at the end of that first leg.
“Then the real fun starts,” Esfeld said. As the parade proceeds across the railroad tracks, a public water fight will engage people on both sides of the street. They can fire at will at each other and at the parade entries. The parade entries will have their own water cannons and squirt toys.
“Wear your swim suits and bring a soaker,” Esfeld advised.
Great Bend Community Coordinator Christina Hayes said Kiwanis and the City have purchased 80 “squirt sticks” to hand out to participants, and Orscheln’s has donated stock tanks that will be filled with water for refills. People can bring their own water blasters, and everyone is encouraged to make a splash in a safe manner.
“No water balloons are allowed, and no squirting in the face,” Hayes said. “And there’s no water at all allowed to be squirted in the dry area.”
She added that the city is still taking entries.
Party in the Park — At Veterans Memorial Park. Most events are free and some require registration. Call 620-793-4111.
• 10 a.m. – Wet/dry parade
• 10:30 a.m. – Oozefest Mud Volleyball
• 11 a.m. – Dog park fun
• Noon – Mega Kite Mania
• 1 p.m. – Canoe and kayak races
• 2 p.m. – Optimist Club kids inflatable fun zone. The club asks for a $2 donation for each child.
• 2 p.m. – Car show
• 3 p.m. – Eating contest
• 6 p.m. – Gates open for concerts: Ricky Fugitt, Home Brew and Jason Boland
• 8 p.m. – St. Patrick’s Catholic Church National Catholic Youth Conference glow run
• 10 p.m. – Fireworks display