What better way to cool off on a blazing August day in Columbia than soaking friends with water balloons, and getting soaked in return? It might sound like a kid’s way to beat the heat, but Historic Columbia made it fun for all ages Friday, and added an educational twist to boot.

The organization’s fifth annual Historic Water Balloon Battle drew several dozen aspiring combatants to Robert Mills House and gardens. After a short briefing on the rules, the group split into two teams to do battle.

With Historic Columbia staff members leading the way, the opposing armies took their positions and followed the tactics of militaries from history, beginning with the American Revolution. Forming two ranks as a bugler sounded the call to arms, they fired as the redcoats and colonials would have: the first rank throwing, then dropping to a knee (to “reload”) while the second rank attacked.

Other balloon versions of famous attack strategies followed, and both sides then shared the fruits of victory: food and drink offered up by Mary’s Arepas.

The water balloon wars will resume in 2020, but Historic Columbia has exciting and educational offerings for all to enjoy year round. Information on upcoming events is available at historiccolumbia.org.

Categories: Arts & Entertainment, Columbia, Education, Richland County

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