In photos: Battle of the Bywater makes a splash on summer solstice

The third annual Battle of the Bywater water balloon fight kicked off on Saturday, June 21, for the summer solstice. (Hayley Benton/Mountain Xpress)

With bagpipes blaring and smoke clouding the battlefield, Team Red fought valiantly against Team Blue as children and adults alike kicked off the summer at the third annual Battle of the Bywater water balloon fight.

Waving team flags and adorned in war-paint, participants of the battle cooled off in the heat of the summer sun. Beginning at 2:30 p.m., on Saturday, June 21, each team grabbed balloons from water-filled canoes at each end of the riverside premises. When the balloons ran out, the warriors took to filling buckets of water and drenching their opponents.

Take a look at this year’s Battle of the Bywater:

(Hayley Benton/Mountain Xpress)

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About Hayley Benton
Current freelance journalist and artist. Former culture/entertainment reporter at the Asheville Citizen-Times and former news reporter at Mountain Xpress. Also a coffee drinker, bad photographer, teller of stupid jokes and maker-upper of words. I can be reached at hayleyebenton [at] Follow me @HayleyTweeet

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