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Battle in the sand: Water Carnival Tug of War draws a crowd

The J&J Concrete team digs in before its first win Tuesday at the Water Carnival Tug of war competition on the beach near the Pavilion. Nathan Bowe/Tribune1 / 4
These kids dug in during a tough battle in the Water Carnival Junior Tug of War event Tuesday at the Pavilion. Nathan Bowe/Tribune2 / 4
One of several Lakeshirts teams fights hard in a losing battle with the Little Kettlebells team in the Tug of War event Tuesday. Nathan Bowe/Tribune3 / 4
With some moral support from coach Dion Sgro, the Little Kettlebells team won its match with a Lakeshirts team at the Tug of War event Tuesday. Nathan Bowe/Tribune4 / 4

A big crowd turned out for the tug-of-war competition on the beach near the Pavilion Tuesday evening, and they saw the returning champions from last year win again: the Anytime Fitness team won the women's division and J&J Concrete won the men's division, said Water Carnival co-Admiral Natalie Bly.

"We had a great crowd, the weather was perfect," Bly said. "It's one of our staple events—we draw a crowd every year. It's almost a tradition in Detroit Lakes—tug of war Tuesday and water fights Wednesday."

Bly said the Jaycees appreciate all the community support. "We love seeing people out at our events," she said Tuesday. "And we have five days left of Water Carnival!"