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Water fight in Southside Park Saturday

Southside Park will turn into a battleground Saturday as the inaugural Water Fight Sacramento is expected to see more than 100 people show up to douse each other with squirt guns as the end of summer nears.

Mike Flanagan, organizer of Pillow Fight Day and Sacramento Man Hunt, said he likes creating events the whole family can enjoy.

“It’s something that’s free, all-ages, family-friendly and community-building,” he said.

As of Friday morning almost 700 people were signed up to attend on the event’s Facebook page, but Flanagan said he expects far less to attend – between 100 and 300.

“It’s going to be pretty intense,” he said, adding that he is asking participants to bring their own water supplies, but there are three filling stations in the park, and he will be supplying six to 12 large buckets for people to refill their squirt guns.

The event kicks off at 2 p.m., and participants must bring their own squirt guns. Water balloons are allowed as well, but people must pick up after themselves.

“We don’t want ducks and kids to have a choking hazard,” he said.

Participants won’t be divided into teams, and Flanagan said people will be on their own to form teams if they like.

Southside Park is located at 2115 Sixth St.

“When it comes to other forms of entertainment – music, poetry, comedy – some are limiting because they’re for 18 and over or 21and over or not appropriate for kids,” Flanagan said. “I want to keep these events open to all.”

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