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One hundred re-enact Revolutionary War with water balloons

Posted: June 30, 2013 5:13 p.m.
Updated: June 30, 2013 5:13 p.m.

Winners of this year’s Water Balloon Revolution - a local re-enactment of the Revolutionary War in which muskets are swapped with water - were both the blue coats and the red coats.

With temperatures reaching triple digits Sunday, however, water-flinging soldiers on both sides at Valencia Valley Central Park dispensed with coats and extra clothing all together.

Ernie Stone, who organized the 3rd annual Water Balloon Revolution with a couple of friends, was asked which side won Sunday’s water war, after an-hour long back-and-forth exchange between about 100 college-age combatants throwing water balloons at each other.

“I think in the end democracy won,” Stone said, dripping wet and out of breath.


At noon Sunday, two sides squared off against other - those with blue-painted faces wearing blue shorts and blue bikini tops representing revolutionary Americans fighting for independence and those with red-painted faces wearing red representing the British.

They brought to the watery skirmish tubs filled with water, hundreds of water balloons, pump-action water launchers and eight-foot long bungee cord slingshots in which balloons were hurled more than 60 feet to penetrate deep inside the enemy lines.

And, they brought energy.

Some used lacrosse sticks to catch in-coming water balloons and then re-launch them back at the enemy.

The skies over Valencia Valley Central Park became dotted with multi-colored water-filled projectiles that crisscrossed in mid-air and then crashed into the torsos and faces of participating combatants.

It wasn’t ugly, it was just wet, according to the participants.

When it was all done, Stone walked to the center of the battlefield, arms raised, and proclaimed: “I love all you guys,”


A half-dozen proud parents stood on the sidelines.

“I’m so proud of my son, Pierce,” said Gilda Stubblefield, as she collapsed in the shade of a pepper tree while both sides prepared for one last assault.

“He’s a senior at Hart (High School) and he’s acting as a character affiliated with the French part of the alliance,” she said.

After the battle was over, soaking wet participants hugged each other and shared in the task of cleaning up, collecting hundreds of shredded balloons - bits of red, yellow, blue, green, orange that littered the park.

Before it got started, Stone briefed participants on a website devoted to the event, called: The American Waterlution: Endrenched in Chaos.

As way of background, Stone set the tone for Sunday's battle saying: “King George III has levied one too many abusive taxes, and following the Stamp Act unsettled citizens of the colonies have decided to say H2NO to His Majesty.

“Simply put, The red coats can shove it, and it’s up to the guerrilla forces of the new land to fight for everything that is right and win their independence from the greedy British Empire.”

And, with that the battle cry "grab your orbs" was sounded.

Stone joined fellow red coat leaders Josh Jalil, Shane Labowitz, and Matt McGeehan.

Leading the “Yankee forces” were Grayson King,Thomas McCarthy, John Foley, and Jeff McKim.

Next year’s water fight will be bigger, wetter and with pizza delivered, Stone said.


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