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Crazy good fun at Water Fights in City Park

Organizers said the 34 teams that participated were the most ever and set a Water Carnival record.

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The Gemini Sailing Charters team took first place in the Water Fights in Detroit Lakes' City Park Wednesday, July 13, 2022.
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DETROIT LAKES — A dark horse team representing Gemini Sailing Charters of Maui, Hawaii, came out on top out of 34 teams that competed before a big crowd at the Water Carnival Water Fights Wednesday evening in Detroit Lakes City Park.

They beat a team called simply Da Boys in the championship round after a marathon round of double-elimination water fights that lasted nearly two hours.

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A big crowd turned out for the Water Carnival Water Fights at City Park.
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In the semi-final round, Gemini defeated a team from Dion’s Dangerzone gym, and Da Boys defeated the Sanford Blue team to advance.

Other teams that did especially well in the Water Fights were the Bergen’s Viva Ukraine team, a Friesen’s team, a Schultz Garage team and the Callaway Fire Department.

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Members of Da Boys team advance at the Water Fights on Wednesday, July 13, 2022.
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Organizers said the 34 teams that participated were the most ever and set a Water Carnival record. The Water Fights involve two teams spraying fire hoses to force a suspended ball to the end of its rope on the other team’s side. It has long been one of the most popular events in the Jaycees Northwest Water Carnival.

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Passions ran high at the Water Fights Wednesday in City Park.
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The Water Fights at City Park are always a popular Water Carnival event.
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A Bergen's team member at the Water Fights.
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Kids on the sidelines react to the Water Fights at City Park.
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A team runs into battle at the Water Fights at City Park.
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A rainbow formed over the Water Fights on Wednesday, July 13, 2022.
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The Gemini Sailing Charters team was the best of 34 teams in the Water Fights on Wednesday, July 13, 2022.
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