It was a beautiful summer day in Seattle. With the iconic Space Needle towering over us, myself and three other friends found ourselves surrounded by kiddie pools filled with hundreds of water balloons. With refreshing beverages provided by Sparkling Ice (my favorite is the Coconut Pineapple), we enjoyed watching the crowd. Two Spidermen made their entrance, doing flips in the air and walking hand stands to the delight of the crowd. With the theme of the day being at a summer camp, many in the crowd were dressed like they were preparing for an epic battle at camp, by applying “war” paint to their faces and other extremities. Bands played on the stage above the crowd and a towering movable “tree” held the main “Camp Counselor” who kept the announcements going.
Party Camp did not create this record breaking event for fun. Party Camp was on a mission to raise $75,000 in order to send 35-40 kids from Seattle Children’s Hospital to Camp Korey. Camp Korey serves children with serious and life-altering medical conditions with a summer camp experience at no cost. They offer year-round recreation with full support for the medical needs of campers, with all the fun of just being a kid.
At 4 p.m. our Camp Counselor said it was time to man our battle stations…..or in this case, man our kiddie pools. While some people started throwing their balloons a little early, the rest of us quietly waited for the call to action. After the Camp Counselor counted down from 10 to 1, the water balloon battle began! Thousands of people threw thousands of water balloons at each other all at once. The soaking chaos that ensued left everyone laughing and feeling like we were all 5 years old again. The fight only lasted a few minutes but it was worth it!
After the fight, my friends and I skipped over to the Seattle Center International Fountain. If we thought the water balloon fight had been madness, what we found at the fountain was even more so. The fountain sits at the bottom of a concrete hill. Whoever thought to jump in the kiddie pools and sled down to the fountain was a genius. Imagine hundreds and hundreds of adults jumping into their little kiddie pools and sliding down to the fountain, running into each other, jumping out of the way of other wayward pools, people running through the fountain’s water jets – if chaos was this fun, I think everything should be chaotic all the time.
My friends and I slid down the hill a few times and ran through the fountain before we decided to grab a beer at the beer garden and start drying off in the sunshine. It was the perfect ending to a great afternoon.
While the World Record was not broken that afternoon, thousands of Seattleites had a soaking good time, and $55,000 was raised for Camp Korey!